Kenyan Domestic Ceramic Jiko Stove, also known as Kimathi Jiko, is a lightweight, portable, charcoal-burning stove with a ceramic inner lining and metal cladding catered to standard cooking methods in Kenya.
Market Suggested Retail Price
Distributors / Implementing Organizations
Organizations such as CARE, UNICEF, The Bellerive Foundation, as well as the United States and German aid agencies all played a role in the development and promotion of the KCJ. The Kenya Energy and Environment Organization (KENGO) has played an active role in increasing awareness and promoting the use of the Kenya Ceramic Jiko since 1982.
Intellectural Property Type
User Provision Model
Through Kenya Energy and Environment Organisations in Nairobi, Kenya, or various local distributors.
Forced or passive
Pot capacity (L)
Thermal efficiency (%)
33.9 – 41.4 %
PM emissions (g/MJ delivered to pot)
298 – 647.5 mg/MJ-del
CO emissions (g/MJ delivered to pot)
30 – 41.35 g/MJ-del
Time to boil (min/L)
27 – 39.7 min/5 L
Design specifications on the Kenya Ceramic Jiko (KCJ) include the hour-glass shaped metal cladding with an interior ceramic liner that is perforated to permit the ash to fall to the collection box at the base, a thin layer of vermiculite or cement placed between the cladding and the liner and the top of the stove to place the single pot. This stove weighs from 3 to 6 Kg and its diameter varies from 30 to 50 cm. Further details here.
Training courses are available for stove manufacturers, vendors, and end-users through various NGOs (not specified).
Lifecycle is unknown in the Clean Cookstove Catalog.
Manufacturer Specified Performance Parameters
The manufacturer (KENGO) has not listed any specific targets of the product.
Vetted Performance Status
Testing results for the stove are summarized and can be downloaded from the Clean Cooking Catalog.
Complementary Technical Systems
Academic Research and References
Kammen, D.M., Research, Development and Commercialization of the Kenya Ceramic Jiko and Other Improved Biomass Stoves in Africa, Berkeley (CA): University of California; 2011.
Hyman E.L. (1985). The Experience with Improved Charcoal and Wood Stoves for Households and Institutions in Kenya, USAID, 1985 Dec 19.
About 1,000 additional articles on cookstoves in Kenya.
Compliance with regulations