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Installation - Low Smoke Chulha

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Installation

Transporting parts for installation

While the modular construction of the Low Smoke Chulha makes it easy to transport smaller pieces rather than a large fully cast stove, the individual parts have to be packed carefully for transportation. As the parts are made of concrete, they are brittle and may get cracked or broken if handled roughly. To prevent this each part should be packed in hay and then put into a bag or container. Bags can be carried by hand, cart, cycle, motorcycle or any other transportation mode that is convenient. If planning for transportation of many stoves together, the bottom of the vehicle should be lined with hay and then the parts placed on it, with some extra padding between the pieces.

Weight of the stove parts

Parts Weight
Chimney Bracket 4.5 Kg
Chimney Mounting Strip N/A
Chimney Bracket Cover 2.2 Kg
Top 17 Kg
Tunnel 4.5 Kg
Back Cover 3.3 Kg
Fire Chamber 13.7 Kg
Grate 1.5 Kg
Front Cover 3.3 Kg
Chimney Chamber Cover 3 Kg
Soot Collector 2 Kg
Chimney Chamber 10.3 Kg
Support 3.9 Kg
Total 69.2 Kg


*Weight of chimney and chimney cap has not been included since these parts are locally sourced

Transporting Chulha Parts

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Transporting stove parts in canvas bags Transporting pipes using on motorbike Transporting stove parts in bulk using a tempo



What you need for installation

From the stove-user

The stove-user needs to select a 4’x4’ area where the stove is to be installed. When placing the order for a stove, the stove-maker can give some tips and tricks on selecting a suitable area. The floor in this area should be fairly level and the area protected from strong drafts. Also ensure that the selected area is not too narrow as the stove needs good airflow around it. Apart from this the stove-user needs to arrange for 25 bricks, mud, cow dung and water.

From the stove-maker

The stove-maker needs to check the suitability of the area selected for the stove. One important thing to check is that the right side of the stove is not too close to a wall as this would interfere with the draft air supply and would make the stove less efficient. It would also make ask removal more difficult. Apart from this the stove maker has to transport the required pieces to the house along with the installation kit containing basic tools. He would also need an assistant to help him assemble the pieces during the installation.

Installing the Chulha parts

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Finishing the chulha

Chulha Installation and firing

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Chulha installed Clay & manure preparation Traditional swathing of chulha
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Placing the grate Initial firing Boiling water test

Installation FAQs

Installation Kit

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