National Agricultural & Environmental Forum

Rural Transportation
Resource Conservation Machinery
Renewable Rural Energy
How you can help
News & Events
MECHNET Newsletter


Renewable Rural Energy

Rice Husk Cook Stove

Rice husk cook stoves are perhaps one of the simplest and least costly, pro-poor alternative of all the renewable rural energy technologies. The traditional metal stove has been locally manufactured from scrap sheet metal and costing 5 - 10 USD and can burn loose rice husk and other dry small particle plant matter very cleanly and efficiently via gasifacation. In the rural areas of the Indo-gangetic plains farmers usual use for rice husk is to burn in a smoldering pile at sunset to produce smoke to keep the mosquito's at bay. In many rural areas the husk, a by-product of rice milling, is easily available and even given away by small rice mills. On the main roads and closer to urban areas the husk is sold to small and large industries who are using in increasingly efficient boilers but still much more affordable than petroleum based cook stove fuel (CNG, LPG, kerosene) or biogas systems.

NAEF with input from Agricultural Engineering Division, Nepal Agricultural Research Institute locally manufactured and sold 20 pieces in 2002. From that humble beginning reports are coming that upwards of 50,000 families across Nepal are using these simple renewable energy stoves. NAEF was invited as a finalist in the World Bank's Gobal DM2008 competitive grant competition. We continue to seek partners to help us make these stoves more widely avaliable and to understand better the impact of these stoves on livelihoods and environment.

Click here for the updated report on adoption of rice husk stoves in Rupandehi, Nepal (.pdf format).

Click here for detailed paper describing the technology and its impact.

Other Bio-Mass Cooking Stove Information

BioEnergy Lists: Biomass Cooking Stoves

Rice Husk Gas Stove Handbook