1.7.1 Cooking

Left: Biogas Stove in a Communal Kitchen in the Refugee Camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh,
Right: Biogas Rice Cooker in Household in China (Source: UPM)

Biogas can be used as a cooking fuel by connecting biogas stoves or modified gas burners to the biogas supply. Biogas stoves are specifically designed to optimise the combustion of biogas and provide a reliable source of heat for cooking.

The table below displays the amount of biogas used by biogas stoves and for different cooking purposes.

PurposesLitres Biogas / hourSource
Household cooking stove200 – 450(GTZ )
Consumption per person and meal150 – 300(GTZ )
Boil 1 litre of water30 – 40(GTZ )
Boil 3 litre of water75(Estoppey N., 2010)
Cook 0.5kg of rice120 – 205(GTZ )
Cook 0.5kg of rice in a rice cooker105(Estoppey N., 2010)
Cook 0.5kg of legumes160 – 190(GTZ ) (Estoppey N., 2010)
 Examples of Biogas Consumption

For further information, please click on the Materials tab at the top of the page.

Further reading:

  • Dignifying Sanitation Services for the Rohingya Refugees in Cox’s Bazar Camps (Link)
  • Using Biogas Technology to Improve Sanitation and Mitigate Climate Change - Kenya (Link)
  • Popular Summary of the Test Reports on Biogas Stoves and Lamps prepared by testing institutes in China, India and the Netherlands p. 18 - 34 (Link)
  • More information will also be provided in Module 6