Thanks for letting me know about this and it’s good to see that Via Water is including postings that involve briquettes and environmentally responsible cooking and cook stoves. After all, indoor air quality involves the other of the two most apparent crises of environmental health. Over 1,000 of those who cook, predominantly women, die every day as a result of the respiratory illnesses caused by smoke and fumes around cook stoves.
Allow me to contribute some information concerning an optimized cook stove of the type that burns bio-mass, as described at the site, https://tzenvirohealth.wixsite.com/ceramics Scrolling down a bit there’s information about the environmentally responsible *insulating ceramic rocket stove.* While the rocket stove design is state-of-the-art, first introduced by Aprovecho.net, that described at this site has been adapted to sustainability, ie. very low cost and readily reproducible almost anywhere. With a bit of guidance, the poorest of the poor will find this to be user friendly.
Using carbonized fuel is commendable in that it eliminates smoke around cook stoves, but I wonder that the decision makers at the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, and those of like mind, are most keen on such fossil fuels as oil and gas? It could be argued that discounting the importance of bio-mass and carbonized fuels would be a mistake, as if the related problem with global warming would be far more a concern in the industrialized world. We’re still looking for answers.