We love solar cooking and promote it whenever we can, but the truth is that wood and twigs and dung fuel will continue to be the primary means of cooking on Taquile. Lung irritation is common. I have sat in smoky kitchens where I had to hunch down to a meter above the floor level to breathe under the layer of smoke that filled the room. The answer is simple: Chimneys
Three meters of flexible galvanized metal will make two chimneys 2.5 meters high with a generous Chinese cap:
|Yarn and a nail make an effective compass.|
|Silvano, Sam and Fredy with 2 chimneys and the ceramic base.|
|lovely terra cotta|
The stove is then finished with an air and ash metal floor.
|We made the holes too small, darn.|
|a very dirty smokey job|
Second installation was for Asunta. Instead of installing it in the old sooty kitchen, they decided to make a new kitchen in a room that was already constructed. Asunta's father, Felipe, has taken a course in estufas mejoradas or better stoves and knows lots of details that we missed on Josefas's stove. In addition, building it in a new clean space was a pleasure.
|Chimney installed; Felipe lays out the ceramic foundation|
|finished with adobe|