Eli is famous for finding simple solutions to complex problems, although also aware that while every complex problem has a simple solution it is often wrong. Be that as it may, the recent post about indoor air pollution pointed out that the problem, and it is a big one, is not the cooking stove, but the exhaust, better put the lack of it, because it is real hard to ween anyone away from their accustomed way of fooding and because of that, introduction of fancy dancy cooking stoves has not worked. Worse, although many are burning shit (dried shit, but shit none the less) or dead plants, and these are not ideal fuels, they are cheap fuels and there is no hope of weaning the poor away from them as long as they are poor.
Now the moral of the tale here is that Eli is perturbed, nay angry, that the following simple solution occurred to the bunny when egged on by Tom Fuller. Angry? Well it means that Eli can no longer think of Tom as useless, but here it is. Tom ended a comment with
Your argument about the ventilation being the problem rather than the cooking is true, but really reminds me of what a SF comedian used to say--'Guns don't kill people. It's those darn bullets.'To which Eli replied off the tip of his ears
For venting, even a small fan run off solar electricity in the wall near the cooker could make a significant contribution.But this is not such a bad solution, because moving the effluvia out of the house, while it would not completely solve the problem, would certainly minimize it and save much health and lives. So, of course, there is always the google and the google found a solution, a small exhaust fan with an integrated solar cell panel that could easily be put into just about any house or hovel. Turns out, and on reflection, no surprise, that such things are made for RVs. Still probably too expensive, this one is $25.67, but in large quantities, maybe not made so well, it looks like it could make a difference.
Put a simple screen filter on it and it would be even better. The fan units are designed to be mounted on RV roofs, on top of plumbing vents and come with a one year guarantee. Just the sort of thing that people could donate to organizations like Heifer International or Oxfam or the Gates Foundation could buy by the millions.