Every volunteer and Peace Corps program promoting improved efficiency stoves and ovens should monitor:
- Decreases in fuel usage; based on independent testing or Peace Corps staff using standard test protocol.
- Health Impacts, to the extent possible
- Continued use and proper maintenance of the improved stove, for a period of at least one year.
- Any other benefits or issues with the improved stove.
The three standard test for improved stoves are:
The Water Boiling Test (WBT): This lab-based test is most appropriate for those manufacturing or adapting stove designs. It can be used to determine fuel efficiency, the time it takes to boil water, and emissions.
Controlled Cooking Test (CCT): This test involves local cooks preparing a local dish. Adding these variables limits comparability of results to a given setting but provides important feedback as to the likely acceptability of a stove by local users.
Kitchen Performance Test (KPT): While this test has the most variables, it is the best test for determining the field-based results of stove use. It consists of a survey and a fuel consumption test with families using both the traditional and the improved cook stove. The test gives results of user satisfaction and per capita fuel consumption for a given stove.