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[/B][B]Part One: Paal Wendelbo, Pioneer of TLUD Gasifier Stoves In German-occupied Norway (1940-45), small groups of men would slip into the forests for several days at a time as part of the Resistance efforts. Young teenager Paal Wendlebo regularly went with one group. Their cover story was the search for additional food, but they avoided the German patrols as best they could. Their meals were prepared with the smallest of fires and minimal smoke. The men showed Paal how to lay a small pile of very dry small sticks horizontally parallel and with the smallest wood on top. They would light the fires at the top. There were no stove structures or fire containers, just the sticks. The fires did produce a little smoke, but most of the smoke was wonderfully consumed in the steady flames at the top of the fuel pile. The pot was a one-litre tin hanging on a stick extended over the fire. Paal Wendelbo faced more adversities than just the Nazis. He was not a strong student in school, and even lost several years of schooling during World War II. He later worked in a wide variety of interesting jobs, and eventually became an architect and raised a family. But he divorced and in the 1984 headed alone to Africa to do development work for non-governmental organizations, mainly with disabled people and refugees. I first worked four years in Zambia and became aware of cookstove issues. I began my serious work with stoves back in Norway in 1988 before my next employment started. I began utilizing the fire technology I learned during the war. The stove was tested at The Technical High School in Norway and Denmark. I made the stove first and the best way to ignite it was from the top using some kerosene, but also with straw there was no problem to ignite on top. Some others tried to ignite the PP stove from underneath, but that gave a lot of smoke. I did not really understand the process; it just happened and it looked nice and useful. I have no training in thermo-technical matters. Several years later I found a cookstove booklet of P. Visser and it was more of a confirmation that I was on to something. My new contract was with Handicap International in Mozambique dealing with organization and employment for handicap people. I was told before starting “The job has nothing to do with stoves.” Then I had one year in Uganda dealing with stoves, but my friends told me I could join the evening parties only if I did not talk about stoves.
Next came one year in Ghana where his stove work continued only as a personal effort, mainly during
I added the emphasis in red:D I can relate to that!!!