November 30th - December 3rd, 2011
In December 2011, Aprovecho Research Center conducted a PCIA-sponsored Workshop on Stove Design and Performance Testing, organized with and facilitated by Winrock International, giving workshop participants the opportunity to learn how to improve cooking technology and how to test, evaluate and improve stove models.
This interactive and collaborative training included presentations, discussions, hands-on testing, data analysis exercises, and qualitative/survey exercises. Aprovecho provided in-depth explanations of the Water Boiling Test (WBT), the Controlled Cooking Test (CCT) and the Kitchen Performance Test (KPT), and provided hands-on training on conducting the WBT and CCT. Participants also learned about General Design Principles for clean burning stoves and improved institutional stove options. Participants had the opportunity to perform the WBT several times, and with guidance from Aprovecho use the performance data from each round to improve stove designs before retesting.