Project Everest

FEB FUEL Monthly Goals

Larissa Steele
Larissa Steele | Jan 29, 2018 | in Knowledge Base

Fuel sustainability is focused on reducing carbon emissions whilst addressing health concerns related to cooking on an open fire/traditional 3 stone stove.


Previous teams have undertaken extensive empathising in select inland villages and have since designed and experimented with the Buka stove. A supply chain is being established in Suva, with materials such as the refrigerant tank being supplied by companies and other materials by local hardware chain, Vinod Patel. The welding for the legs is currently being carried out for $10 per unit (with the stove costing $60, and other raw materials required costing below $5). However, due to scale and cost, this is a short term solution. It is the long term intention to find a sustainable alternative that will enable production at a greater scale in order to satisfy demand.


Research and experimentation is to commence with the agricultural waste briquette which was last conducted in July 2017. Coffee Pulp from Bula Coffee has been offered for free to use for experimentation and potentially in the future. A formula and procedure will need to be researched and established.


In addition, the February team is extremely fortunate to have Dr Cris Birzer from the University of Adelaide joining the Fuel team for a week in order to provide advice and suggestions based on our current progress and Buka stove Design. He has a wealth of knowledge in sustainable cookstove technology and has been involved extensively in that area. We are excited to have him joining the Fuel team.


Monthly Goals:


  • To produce 25 identical Buka stoves to fulfil existing sales
  • To visit the 2 trial villages on a weekly basis for feedback and data collection.
  • To establish a large scale supply chain and distribution channels which can be managed independently when PE is not present. To be capable of producing and distributing 100 Buka stoves per month
  • To finalise a procedure and formula to consistently produce 5 agricultural waste briquettes


Likely Tasks:

  • Return to villages visited by December & January teams to collect further feedback and data collection regarding Buka stove trials
  • Further testing of Buka Stove in order to address issues with rusting and ease of tranpsortation
  • Contact EOIs regarding Buka Stove progress
  • Develop and test agricultural waste briquettes.
  • Continue establishing the Buka stove supply chain and looking into cost reduction and achieving consistency of product at a larger scale of production
  • Finalising distribution of Buka stoves from Suva to Sigatoka and to villages


Recommended Steps:

  • Plan weekly visits to Korolevu and Vatubalavu where Buka Stove trials are ongoing from previous months for data collection and further feedback and empathising.
  • Plan trips to Suva to further investigate the Buka Stove supply chain and establish key contacts in Suva
  • Conduct research into charcoal briquettes & contact Luke Fryett
  • Get in contact with Raj (local handyman) regarding Buka stove production


Any comments, suggestions or ideas regarding our goals as well as how to approach them are welcome.


edited on 29th January 2018, 16:01 by Larissa Steele

Ciaran Hoare Jan 29, 2018

Hey Larissa, will you be continuing the case study of the stove use over from January, as per the previous post?

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Larissa Steele Jan 29, 2018

We are continuing the trials with the villages. The case study involving Mere has been concluded by the January team. While we intend on further case studies, at the moment we are focused more on redesigning the Buka stove (due to potential issues relating to durability due to rust, as well as heat resistant paint).

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