A fogone is a wood-burning cook stove. It is made out of brinks and mud/cement.
In rural areas of Paraguay some families still cook all their meals over open fires. Oftentimes these fires are under a roof or inside the house. While cooking over an open fire is just fine while you are camping, it can negatively impact health if used for all meals throughout a lifetime.
Negative effects of open-fire cooking as a part of daily life:
- Back problems caused by having to bend over to cook
- Increased risk of upper respiratory infections due to breathing smoke
- Burns, a bigger risk for children playing by fires
A fogone offers an economical solution for families that use wood to cook. Gas is expensive and many traditional Paraguayan foods require a lot of time to cook. Wood is generally inexpensive and can be an environmentally friendly, sustainable option if the wood is harvested correctly.