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How to build our cocina mejoradas..

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After spending almost 2 years building over 50 or 60 of these types of improved cookstoves, I’m not sure if I’ve even put together a guide on how to replicate this design.  In past posts you can find plenty of pictures of families happy with their cookstoves, but here’s an outline of the steps to make your very own solid cookstove catered to the requests of the residents of Molinopampa..

First, put together a batch of the Barro Especial (special mud) to be used inside of the cookstove where the fire will be burning.

Step by step mixing instructions are HERE.

As well, get together other items needed (adobes, losa, 33 bricks, 1/2 bag of cement, 1/4 and 1/2″ rebar, costal of sand, etc.) and transport them to the house or institution that you’ll be building at..

Start with construction of the base and adobes that will be holding up the cement losa/top..

Place bricks in a V shape where chimney will be installed and use a plum-bob to find the exact spot in the roof needed to cut a hole to install the chimeny..

Slowly lift losa/cement top into place and finish cement work and detailing..

That’s the basics, make sure to inform the family to wait at least 8 days for the barro especial to dry solid and toss water (wet) over the cemented areas the next day so that it doesn’t crack while drying.


Written by galbavy

November 12, 2014 at 6:46 pm

Posted in Improved Cookstoves

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  1. Are you going to build one in the US?


    November 13, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    • Perhaps.. Depending on the amount of free firewood we can acquire, this thing would come in handy.


      November 17, 2014 at 9:58 pm

  2. […] like the standard family model (HERE).  The more industrial, commercial version of the cocina mejorada requires material planning and […]

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