Invention: gel substitute for paraffin could save lives.

Position:PRODUCTS & PROCESSES - Fuel stoves - Brief Article

Fire is an ever-present danger in Africa's shack and shanty towns, where houses and shelters are often made of quick-to-ignite wood, plastic and cardboard.

Knocked over paraffin lamps and stoves are often the cause of starting fires with catastrophic result and often loss of life.

Now a Johannesburg manufacturer has introduced a fuel stove that doesn't use paraffin. The stove, given the stamp of approval by the South African Bureau of Standards, is being hailed as the alternative to paraffin stoves, popular in households without electricity.

The stove, the Imbaula, uses an oil gel fuel that's the same price as paraffin, won't...

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