Loading 'kuni mbili' firewood stoves at the Kitengela Woodfuel Arboretum and Cookstove factory, The first half of a 2,900 firewood stove order going up to Marsabit, Northern Kenya on a plucky new truck called ''Babyface''. Each energy saving firewood stove will have 1 free packet of acacia tree seeds to provide a source of future woodfuel for those who can grow them.
Tired of seeing Kenya's forests in an overpriced sack on the side of the road? Try this revolutionary and simple new way for free at home charcoal making.
|You could buy sacks of 'bush' charcoal sold on the road side near Sagana for 350ksh (appx. 16kgs) made from old growth indigenous trees like this piece of olea africana below.|
Or you could simply grow and make your own free homegrown charcoal like this:
|Start with the seed - especially in drylands, direct seeding is the cheapest way to plant trees|
|A 4 month old acacia seedling at the Woodlands 2000 Trust demo woodlot Kisaju|
A 14 year old acacia tree at the Kabete Woodfuel Center
Not only can you use maize cobs, twigs, coconuts, timber yard waste, bamboo, rose roots etc.... you can also capture some of the smoke to distill wood-vineger and wood-tar
|condensing the carbonization by-products - wood tar!|
|the mini kiln beginning to carbonize|
|the carpentry shop with a large kiln used to make charcoal out of wood waste at cape chestnut|
And when you have made your home made eco-friendly charcoal - sit back with a Cookswell charcoal oven and enjoy a fine cooked meal!
Many thanks to the Mt. Kenya Horticultural Society for hosting Cookswell Energy Saving Jikos for a talk about making sustainably produced charcoal for your household needs using garden waste like twigs and branches in your own backyard.
|the medium 4 level charcoal oven in action!|
|a delicious baked potato at the Courtyard Cafe in Nanyuki Town.|
Have a look at Cookswell Energy Saving Jikos latest BBQ jiko - we went the whole hog on this one - Kitengela Hot Glass eyes, a well fired 8x10in ceramic liner firebox for maximum energy saving, clasp down handle and a easy to use ash tray. The ultimate 100% handcrafted backyard grill - and this is only the start.....