Eco Group Uganda has revolutionized clean cooking with a cookstove technology that uses volcanic rocks as cooking fuel.
With 66.4% of urban households in Uganda using charcoal as the main source of fuel and only 15.5% using charcoal in rural areas, this has imposed a great demand on charcoal production resulting in the degradation and depletion of Uganda’s forest reserves.
However, while searching for a better alternative to the problem of over-dependence on charcoal and firewood as a source of fuel to cook. Eco stove’s cooking technology has everything that you ever needed in a cooking stove, it does more than just cooking meals.
The stove uses 85% of local volcanic rocks got from the mountains of Kisoro in the western part of Uganda and only uses 15% of charcoal dust (olusenyete). The rocks are reusable for up to 8 months and retain heat much longer than any other cooking fuel. In the stove, charcoal dust is simply used as a firestarter for the rocks. From current research volcanic rocks have proved to be smoke-free and do not emit carbon emissions as it would be with charcoal or firewood.
The stove has an inbuilt forced air system that continuously blows air to the stones and thus increases combustion and the continued burning of stones, this comes with a heat regulator ( Eco dimmer dial) which helps with the adjustment of cooking heat temperature.
The stove comes with a solar power kit which includes a multi-purpose battery that provides energy for the inbuilt forced-air system. The battery keeps charge for up to 5 days meaning that one is safe even when the sun never shines for the next 5 days after a full charge, meals will be prepared without any hustle. More still, The battery can charge up to 5 phones and also comes with 2 solar bulbs to light up your home. The battery also comes with an FM radio player which features all local channels and also has an mp3 music player.
The stoves come in various sizes ranging from portable stoves to large custom inbuilt institutional stoves and kitchens.