Wednesday, October 28, 2015

MUSINGS FROM PRIYADARSHINI KARVE: Can wood burn without smoke?

The answer is, YES! 

A couple of weeks ago, I briefly talked about the new version of the Electricity Less Forced Draft stove (check here). I feel very proud about this new product in our range. I urge everyone reading the blog to please help us spread the word! 

It is a universally accepted fact that forced draft gasification is the only way to burn wood and other solid biomass fuels with minimum pollution. Most forced draft stoves available in the market use electricity driven fan or blower, to force air into the wood fire for cleaner burning. ELFD is our own innovation based on steam power, and does not require any electricity, battery, or fan! 

Furthermore, the ELFD concept allows us to bring in greater user friendliness into gasifier stoves. We can operate the stove in both natural and forced draft modes as and when required, and combining this feature with control of fuel feeding allows us to switch between HIGH and LOW flame - a feature that is non-existent in any other gasifier stove!  

Of course going from concept to a product always has many twists and turns, and we are on this journey for the last couple of years. What we now have can be called the second generation of this stove. We are launching three models of the Samuchit ELFD Sampada Smokess Stove. The stoves can burn pieces of wood, briquettes, pellets, waste biomass like coconut shells, date seeds, etc., as well as woody agricultural waste like cotton stalks, corn cobs, etc. 

ELFD Sampada - Household Model (MRP: INR 7,000)

ELFD Sampada - Small Eatery Model (MRP: INR 12,000)

ELFD Sampada - Institutional Model (MRP: INR 27,000)
The Household model is good for household level cooking. In addition, being portable, it can be a good camping/trekking stove for a group of 8-10 people. The Small Eatery model is well suited for small restaurants, caterers or mid-day meals for small rural schools (about 20-50 students). The institutional model is well suited for old age homes, orphanages, hostels, charitable institutes, etc., where food is cooked for 50-100 people daily. These stoves provide a quality of cooking energy that is close to LPG, but using any type of biomass fuels available locally. With daily use, the cost of each stove will be recovered in about 6 months or so.

We have been experimenting with these new designs over the last week or so in our own office, and my excitement keeps on increasing! Yesterday I have uploaded a video showing the basic operation of this revolutionary technology in clean cooking. Please check it out here

Thanks to the innovation award that we won last year for the ELFD technology from Nexus, we are in a position to offer some interesting add-ons and discounts, particularly for not-for-profit kitchens, for a limited period. For more information and placing orders, write to us on!

Priyadarshini Karve
Samuchit Enviro Tech

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