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Snyder, Edna B. (1930) A study of kerosene cook stoves (Research Bulletin: Bulletin of the Agricultural Experiment Station of Nebraska No. 48)
The purpose of this study was to learn the advantages and disadvantages of various types of kerosene cook stoves used in Nebraska. Kerosene cook stoves have burners of four types. Ten stoves representing the four types were studied as follows: four stoves having long-chimney wick burners; three stoves having short-chimney wick burners; two stoves having short chimneys with asbestos kindlers or lighting rings; one stove having wickless burners. To determine comparative performance of the four types of burners, they were tested for: (1) time required to heat a known quantity of water through a known range of temperature; (2) thermal efficiency, which is defined as the ratio of the heat units absorbed by the cooking process to the heat units liberated by the kerosene; (3) time required to cool; (4) tendency to form soot on utensil; (5) practical use under home conditions.