Following the summer party, StoveTeam staff traveled to Guatemala with 14 students and two faculty from Oregon State University. Students brought a wide range of backgrounds raging from engineering to public policy. While in Guatemala, the students conducted two tests that are crucial in the stove industry: the CCT and the WBT. Many of us have likely never heard these acronyms before, but in the stove world, they are key!
The CCT or Controlled Cooking Test, is designed to assess the performance of the improved stove in relation to a traditional stove by having cooks perform a standard daily cooking task. For example, cooking beans and tortillas, a common meal in Latin America. The meal is cooked on both the improved cookstove by three cooks, three times each, and the open fire by three different cooks, three times each.
The WBT or Water Boiling Test, evaluates stove performance while boiling or simmering water to investigate the heat transfer and combustion efficiency of a stove.
A third test, the KPT or Kitchen Performance Test, was not performed, but aims to assess qualitative aspects of a stove’s performance through household surveys and to compare the impact of an improved stove on fuel consumption in real kitchens.
The students managed the two tests in a real-world context with real cooks to provide them both the opportunity to learn outside the lab where ideal conditions often don’t exist and to continue to prove that stoves produced by our partner factories are effective. With all student trips, StoveTeam works to provide students with educational experiences while also experiencing a new culture.