Littlewood Cook Stove



The United Nations (UNFCCC) has identified rural cookers by firewood, charcoal and coal as a major health and environmental problem worldwide, particularly in rural areas not serviced by electricity and more particularly a serious African problem.

With this in mind, and coupled with the UNFCCC’s program of prioritising CDM’s (Clean Development Mechanisms) from LDC (Least Developed Countries) – is an ideal fit for the energy efficient LittleWood cookers.

The LittleWood cooker uses 80% less fuel and therefore emits less carbon than the conventional three stone cooking mechanism currently in use by millions of households all over the world. Consequently lives are improved exponentially by way of healthier living, less firewood needed on a daily basis – thus substantially contributing to the slowdown in deforestation and reduction in CO2 emissions.

It has been established from the World Health Organisation– (see annex 1) that more people die from indoor air pollution from cooking than from Malaria,-( in excess of 2million people each year!!),  for a variety of reasons, smoke inhalation, lung diseases and of course fire accidents. This is among the least known public health catastrophe that humanity faces, yet Malaria receives much more attention and resources.

Alternate cookers have been tested such as Solar Dish Heaters, but they have been deemed a failure because traditional methods by way of fire are deemed a cultural necessity and consequently a massive resistance to moving away from any for5m of fire has not been successful.
The LittleWood system has been vigorously tested and a methodology has been approved by the UNFCCC and  recognised as a mechanism to improve the lives of millions of users as well as to allow the promoters a return on investment by way of CER’s (Carbon Emission Reductions, or Carbon Credits)

Watch the Littlewood Cook Stove in action

The Opportunity

There is a massive social upliftment and feel good factor about giving these stoves to the poorest of the poor throughout Africa for FREE.  Corporate Social Investment earns the highest score using this project method. The return on investment from the original funder comes back to them over a 3-4 year period (depending on the scale of the project) by way of CER’s. A pilot program is being registered with the UNFCCC in the poverty stricken region of the Eastern Cape, where up to 1million cookers have been established as needed.
Further project opportunities exist throughout Africa as well as in South Africa. CARE is engaged in talks in KZN Natal as well as Botswana, both projects looking for a project leader.

CSR – Corporate Social Responsibility Investment Opportunity

There is a unique opportunity for CSR offset in that by funding the initial outlay of the Littlewood cooker, the institution is able to recover the outlay tax free over a period of years by way of Carbon Emission Reduction (“CERs” or Carbon Credits).
The minimum outlay would be for 10,000 cookers at $49 ea. = $490,000 or +/- R3.5m
The income generated by CERs would be recovered over a period of 5 years, net of all monitoring, validation, verification etc costs. It is worth noting that in terms of the UNFCCC agreements, all income generated by way of CERs is tax-exempt to the primary CER holder.

Fact Sheet

The LittleWood Cooker uses 77% LESS firewood than that of a traditional open fireplace - (3 Stone Fire, left). – This has been verified in independent tests by Energy Cybernetics based at the University of North West in South Africa.

The LittleWood needs around 270g of dry firewood to bring 4 litres of water to the boil instead of 1180g based on the traditional method.



Nominal effective thermal power 1.5kw
Pot Capacity   8 litres
Recommended pot content 4litres – Time to Boil – 49mins

The LittleWood is made locally of stainless steel and is expected to last 10years or longer, it is not affected by the wind and the air is regulated automatically by the design of the cooker.
Mass production for local market is available from two local suppliers and production is likely to be split in batches of 10,000 units.