Heating solutions

The ideal heat source has a high heat rate (Joules transferred per second), little smoke, and cheap fuel. A charcoal stove satisfies all of these but takes time to light and requires relatively frequent re-fuelling. Kerosene stoves have excellent heat rates but are smoky. Alcohol infused refined heavy oil burns smokeless and the heat rate scales with the size of the container – filling the bottom half of a cut off aluminum can will produce significant heat per unit time. In some countries this fuel is advertised for home and commercial use (e.g. Motopoa brand in Tanzania) and use is easy to find. In other countries, it might be much less common.

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