Development and Pilot Testing of Improved Cooking and Heating Stoves

Posted on: August 4th, 2016

Total Fund: Nu.2.47m

Duration: Jan-2015 – Oct 2016

Funded by: Small Grants Programme-Global Environment fund (SGP-GEF)


 Project objectives;

  • The overarching goal is to help reduce the national fuel wood consumption which still hovers at around 1.2 tons per capita.
  • To fabricate the demonstration stoves (i.e. 11 bulk cook stoves and 15 household stoves)
  • To select the test sites and determine the fuel wood consumption prior to intervention
  • To deliver and install 26 demonstration stoves at the selected sites
  • To monitor and evaluate the fuel wood consumption of the 26 test stoves

Project sites & beneficiaries – Trashigang Village gewog No. of HHs/beneficiaries
1 Saling Bidung 40 hhs
2 Muktangkhar Bartsham 20 hhs
3 Dungtse Middle Secondary School Phongme gewog 398 students
4 Bikhar Lower Secondary School Samkhar gewog 413 students
5 Rangjung Woedsal Chhoeling Monastery Radhi 150 monks
6 Thegchog Kunzang Choedon Gonpa, Radhi 140 nuns
7 Rangjung Higher Secondary School Shongphu 473 students
8 Rangjung Vocational Technical Institute Shongphu 200 students


  • Field visit by Druk Care Engineering and TF to identify pilot study sites, potential beneficiaries, user requirements, consultations with the stake holders in the Gamri Water shed area (Trashigang) has been completed and report submitted. Accordingly, the biomass fuel conservation technology interventions have been finalized.
  • Required materials for the fabrication of the pilot stoves and accessories to be tested have been procured and fabrication is almost complete.
  • Essential equipment such as roll-forming machine, swaging machine, sheet folding, flange roller, etc have been researched, designed, and built for the fabrication of the new stoves.
  • The products were exhibited during the annual Tarayana fair 2016 and saw a large number of people interested in and enquiring about the products.
  • Completed products were distributed in the target sites as per the table below and has been received positively; Beneficiary Gewog Product Name Quantity
1 Rangjung TTI Samkhar Bulk boiler + Institutional stove + log splitter 1 set each
2 Rangjung HSS Shongphu Bulk boiler 1 set
3 Dungtse MSS Phongmey Bulk boiler 1 set
4 Rangjung Woedsecholing Dratsand Shongphu Institutional stove 1 set
 5 Bumpa Lhakhang Phongmey Institutional stove and fodder cooker 1 set each
6 8 community members  from Saling village Bidoong Fodder cooker 1 set each
7 4 community members from Muktangkhar Bartsam Fodder cooker 1 set
Total 20 sets

Planned activities

  • An impact assessment study will be carried out in September 2016 to determine the usage and efficiency of the stoves.
  • Based on the findings of the study, the activities will be scaled up and funding will be sought from the Bhutan Trust Fund.
  • Final report will be submitted to SGP at the end of October 2016.