Other stove testing protocols

The following protocols have been developed by individual countries or other members of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves.

The Adapted Water Boiling Test

This test was adapted from the Water Boiling Test, for use in Cambodia. It is designed to be simpler to use that the original Water Boiling Test, and to better approximate local cooking conditions.

The Emissions and Performance Test Protocol

Another adaptation of the Water Boiling Test, for example using 90°C as a target temperature, rather than boiling point. It was developed by the Engines and Energy Conversion Laboratory at Colorado State University.

The Heterogeneous Testing Procedure for Thermal Performance and Trace Gas Emissions

Developed at the University of Johannesburg, this test describes the routine operation of stove emissions performance and stove efficiency performance with quality control procedures to help ensure results can be reproduced.

Indian Standard on Solid Biomass Chulha-Specification – Test for Thermal Efficiency

Designed for use on portable cookstoves in India, this protocol is designed to measure thermal efficiency.

Water Boiling Test Methods and Product Evaluation Criteria

Water Boiling Test created in Indonesia for the Clean Stove Initiative.

Proposal for New World Standard for Testing Solar Cookers

A proposed protocol for testing solar cookers, published in the Journal of Engineering Science and Technology. Aims to test solar cookers on a wide range of criteria, including but not limited to thermal efficiency.

Thermal performance test for biomass cooking and heating stoves

Designed to be used in evaluating biomass stoves in China.

Uncontrolled Cooking Test

Similar to the Controlled Cooking Test, but with fewer restrictions. It was designed by the University of Johannesberg, and used in Mozambique.

Thermal-Optical-Transmittance Analysis for Organic, Elemental, Carbonate, Total Carbon, and OCX2 in PM2.5 by the EPA/NIOSH Method

Research Triangle Institute (RTI) performs thermal-optical-transmittance (TOT) analyses for carbon species in PM2.5 collected on quartz fiber filters in support of several Federal and State ambient air monitoring programs and human exposure studies. U.S. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Method 5040, an evolved gas TOT method, was chosen for measurement of organic carbon (OC), elemental carbon (EC), carbonate carbon (CC), total carbon (TC), and OCX2 (the most refractory component of OC) in PM2.5 samples collected in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) nationwide chemical speciation program. This paper presents: an overview of the EPA/NIOSH TOT analysis method, sometimes called the Speciation Trends Network (STN) method; observations on the challenges posed by using multiple instruments for an analysis in which the analytes are defined by the conditions of the analysis; a comparison of the conditions used for the EPA/NIOSH method with the conditions used for other thermal-optical analysis methods and how these differences affect measurement results; and the dependence of the OC-EC analysis split time, which is used to determine the proportions of OC and EC in a sample, on sampling location.

Diesel Particulate Matter (as Elemental Carbon)

Method 5040: Issue 3, 15 March 2003. NIOSH Manual of Analytical Methods (NMAM), Fourth Edition.