Stove and coolers are used for cooking. They are used to apply heat to food. There are different types of stoves and cookers. Different stoves and cookers use different fuels such as firewood, charcoal, kerosene, gas and electricity.

General care of stoves and cookers

1. Wipe the surface with a damp cloth after each use, while the cooker is still warm.

2. Wipe off any split food immediately.

3. Do not allow split food to burn on to the surface or to clog gas jets.

4. For more thorough cleaning, wash with a cloth and soapy water.

5. Use mild abrasive to remove stubborn stains and avoid coarse abrasives.

Care of different types of stoves and cookers:
a. Wood or Charcoal stove: There are today different types of locally made stoves which can use wood , charcoal, coal or even sawdust as fuel. Most of them are portable.

To clean:
- remove the ashes; remove any burnt food split on the surface.
- wipe over to remove spot and dirt.

- occasionally do more thorough cleaning.

b. Kerosene stove
Daily cleaning
- turn off the stove after cooking.
- wipe the surface with a damp cloth after each use.

Weekly cleaning

1. Dismantle the stove and pour the kerosene into a clean container.

2. Wash the wick with hot detergent water, leave on the sun to dry. If the wick is worn replace it.

3. Clean each part of the store thoroughly including the bottle (if any). Rinse and wipe dry.

4. Leave in the sun to dry. Turn kerosene container upside down.

5. Reassemble the parts correctly.


c. Gas and electric cookers
After each use:
- turn off the gas or electricity.
- wipe the top of the cooker with a damp cloth whole it is still warm.

For more thorough cleaning:
- remove the burners or units in top of the gas cooker.
- wash each with warm detergent water and soft cloth or foam.
- rinse and dry properly; clean the oven if it is part of the cooker.
- clean the top and frame-work of the cooker with soft and soapy water. Do not use abrasive.
- replace burners or units.

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