Blog for bloggers and small businesses

By Vuthisa WHAT IS is a weblog hosting provider owned by Automattic and there are over 71 million individual blogs with the service as of March 2012. With (not to be confused with you don't have to pay for web hosting or manage a web server and once you have registered … Continue reading for bloggers and small businesses


Energy saving 2-plate and 4-plate electric cooking hob

By Vuthisa Cooking is a vital part of everyday life and there are a variety of methods to cook food or boil water. Using electricity is the preferred mode of cooking where it is available. South Africa uses an estimated 215 billion kWh of electricity annually, the 18th highest user of electricity in the world. … Continue reading Energy saving 2-plate and 4-plate electric cooking hob

Charcoal from invasive alien tree species

By Vuthisa We recently concluded a feasibility study into the viability of rolling out portable metal kilns to eradicate invasive alien tree species. The cattle farm in question is situated in Franklin, approximately 30 km North of Kokstad, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. To achieve this task we adapted the Portable Kiln system and made it into … Continue reading Charcoal from invasive alien tree species

Charcoal gas stove

By Vuthisa Background This blog post aims to provide the reader with some background on charcoal stove usage as well as charcoal burn characteristics.  Vuthisa developed a unique charcoal stove, able to extract and burn harmful Carbon Monoxide gases inherent to all types of charcoal. We discovered that charcoal use by households is not a … Continue reading Charcoal gas stove

What is a Rocket Stove?

By Vuthisa Dr. Larry Winiarski, now Technical Director of Aprovecho, began developing the Rocket stove in 1980 and invented the principles of the Rocket stove in 1982. The Winiarski Rocket stove's simple design and use of common materials make it easily modified for optimal performance. In the last 29 years, variations of the Rocket stove … Continue reading What is a Rocket Stove?

Biochar as a soil amendment and carbon sequestering tool

By Vuthisa It is surprising how many people cart away their yard waste (renewable biomass) to landfill sites or dispose thereof in open burns until only ash remains.  I say: Make your own biochar instead. What is biochar and what is the difference between biochar and charcoal? They are identical in many respects, but the … Continue reading Biochar as a soil amendment and carbon sequestering tool

2010 in review

Just received this update from WordPress...I hope 2011 is just as congested 🙂  Thank you for your continued support. The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here's a high level summary of its overall blog health: The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads This blog is on fire!. Crunchy numbers A … Continue reading 2010 in review

Briquette Producers Workshop – Arusha (Tanzania) 2010

By Vuthisa Vuthisa (South Africa) was invited to participate in the Briquette Producers Workshop held in Arusha, Tanzania between 10 and 14 November, 2010 at Olasiti Garden Lodge. Arusha lies at the base of Mount Meru, one of Africa's highest and most beautiful volcanoes. Apparently after scaling the summit one is met with stunning views … Continue reading Briquette Producers Workshop – Arusha (Tanzania) 2010

Development books delivered to your door

By Vuthisa With more and more communities having access to the Internet it would make sense to create a facility through which they can order informative books to assist them in their day to day lives. Unfortunately limited bandwidth and a lack of color printers means that e-books often remain either unattainable or less than … Continue reading Development books delivered to your door

Is it better to burn wood or charcoal?

By Kobus Venter Is it better to burn wood or charcoal? Half the World's population of nearly six billion people prepare their food and heat their homes with coal and the traditional biomass fuels of dung, crop residues, wood and charcoal  (Inheriting the world: The atlas of children's health and the environment, by Bruce Gordon, … Continue reading Is it better to burn wood or charcoal?

Air conditioners and the environment: Tips to improve indoor air quality

By Vuthisa My blog hopes to alert people's attention to indoor air pollution in the developing world - but what about the developed world? In the next couple of weeks I plan to post some more articles related to indoor air pollution in developed economies. Since most of us like to control our micro environments … Continue reading Air conditioners and the environment: Tips to improve indoor air quality

Fuel briquettes saves trees and provides income generation for the poor

By Vuthisa Vuthisa (South Africa) supports Legacy Foundation's briquette making process. This page aims to give the reader some background on the road that Legacy Foundation embarked upon in their quest to disseminate briquette making technologies to rural and urban poor all over the world. To date, countless communities in 11 countries have benefited from … Continue reading Fuel briquettes saves trees and provides income generation for the poor

Make charcoal in your own backyard

Make charcoal in your own backyard with a Portable Charcoal Kiln.

Popular Mechanics Inventors Conference 2009

Vuthisa will be exhibiting their concept stoves at the Popular Mechanics Inventors Conference at the School for Tourism and Hospitality Management conference facility, Auckland Park, Johannesburg on 25 and 26 September 2009.  Entrance to the exhibit area is open to the public and is free. The conference facility is in Bunting Road, visit the link … Continue reading Popular Mechanics Inventors Conference 2009

Charcoal camping stove saves electricity

This post contains information on an innovative charcoal camping stove