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PIA Press Release
Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Feature: Rice husk stove: cheaper, environment-friendly and more efficient

by Lorenzo O. Lambatin Jr.

NEGROS OCC., January 16 (PIA6) -- Rice husk or ‘labhang’ in the Hiligaynon dialect is abundant anywhere in the country where there are rice mills.

Inventors, environmentalists and business minded people have been challenged to convert this tons and tons of chaff into good use, aside from being utilized as garden material and in making compost.

Early attempts to use rice husk as an alternative fuel is promising.

During the 6th Negros Organic Festival last December 2011, many observers believe the technology developed by the Central Philippine University (CPU) Engineering Department has made a breakthrough.

Several people who came to the fair could not help but turn their attention to an assembled metal stove that can turn rice husk into a blue flaming fire, in equal, if not better, efficiency as the ones we get from our local Liquefied Gas Petroleum dealers.

Called ‘Strike Gas Strove,’ a Non-government Organization in the municipality of Ilog adopted this environment-friendly technology and is selling the item for over a thousand pesos, Program Coordinator Ruben Llandoc told PIA.

The demonstration was a double promotion of the town’s mouthwatering oyster that was boiled using the stove. It appeared to have attracted more buyers from those who love sea food.

What is more interesting about it is in the way the stove is manufactured.

The Ilog Kinder Home Foundation employ mothers to make the pattern in almost perfect accuracy, cut by the fathers and then handed to a local shop for the final assembly.

“It’s a purely self-help organization,” Lladoc said, adding that the entire training was given for free by CPU.

The parts of the stove include a pan, cauldron holder, muffler, rice husk holder, steam box, rice husk adjuster and a stand.

The steam box is an important part of the stove. It is a boxlike metal with water inside and placed directly on the fire. When heated, it gives off steam that enhances the flame giving it a blue color.

When put together, one can make a genuine environment-friendly stove powered by rice husk and water vapor.

The organization is now looking at putting up their own shop so that they can assemble the product themselves to maximize income.

Despite the crowning usefulness of this ‘strike,’ Llandoc said the stove is still a technology-in- -the-making as they continue to perfect parts and functions to make it more efficient and more attractive to consumers. (JCM/LOL/PIA6)

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