Wednesday, February 26, 2014

INYENYERI - Helping to Keep The Home-Fires Burning

I do everything on a propane-fired two-burner with a refillable one gallon tank. This is good since I frequently camp in the desert where wood is a major player in the multi-millenium soil-development process. But I've met folks who have issues with propane. So, when I ran across these two stoves I decided it was time to break the vow-of-silence and.....

Eric Reynolds, one of the founders of Marmot Mountain LLC (backpacking gear) is the founder and Executive Director of INYENYERI. Mr. Reynold's thinks things would be better in Rwanda if there were more trees. Trees are the main source of cooking fuel and indoor pollution (wood smoke).

INYENYERI is Eric's "wild, big dream" to help create a more efficient, healthful means of preparing meals. INYENYERI encourages people to exchange dry bio-mass (such as chaff from winnowing and plant stalks) for burnable pellets. INYENYERI takes the dri-mass, converts it to pellets which it sells to city folk who otherwise would buy charcoal (made from trees) to cook with. The pellets are cheaper so INYENYERI's market share is expanding. Here's an interview with Mr. Reynolds about how it all got started.

This link is to the INYENYERI site's videos.

Here's a Youtube vid of the Philips stove...

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