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Local engineer develops low-cost stove


Long time Waterval Boven resident and businessman, Mr. Corrie van Staden, may well have come up with the answer to the problem of the high cost of preparing meals in many of the poorer households in South Africa – and indeed anywhere else in Africa for that matter.


As owner of Linwyn Engineering Services and a mechanical engineer with more than 40 years of experience behind him, Corrie is indeed well schooled in just what it takes to create a versatile and inexpensive product such as this. In a recent interview with THG, Corrie demonstrated exactly how this amazing new product works. “The stove itself comes in two different sizes at this point – medium and large,” he explained. “It is one-piece, machined from high grade and durable aluminium and has no moving parts. There is basically nothing to break and nothing to wear out,” he went on to add – smiling. “If used correctly, it will last indefinitely!”


Corrie went on to demonstrate: Starting by adding 50 ml. of ordinary methylated spirits into the stove bottom, and, after a few seconds wait, he ignited the liquid. Within 30 seconds the remaining liquid was absorbed by the stove and a high-heat, odourless flame was being produced. “The stove will now burn with easily the same heat as an average gas cooker,” he said “for approximately 45 minutes at a cost of less than R1.50! It’s basically wind-proof, there’s no fuss, no smell and, if you accidently knock it over, there is no burning liquid to spill and start a fire. It has all been absorbed into the stove and is contained.” Corrie went on to demonstrate that, once cooking is complete, the stove can just as easily be extinguished - in seconds, quickly and safely.


Justifiably proud of his invention, Corrie informed THG that the stove has, to date, passed initial SABS tests with flying colours and the patent process is pending. Once in full production, the stove will come with its own pot stand, basic implements and full instructions. For rural households, this amazing new product means cooking and heating that is simple, cheap, safe and can be used anywhere by anyone. As far as THG is concerned, anything that provides ±12 hours of cooking for less than R20 has just got to be a winner. We look forward to seeing this product available in stores in the very near future.

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