Laboratory-based tests evaluate stove performance and quality in a controlled settings with repeatability, allowing for differentiation between stoves. Field-based tests demonstrate how stoves perform with local cooks, foods, practices, and fuels. The Alliance maintains this comprehensive list of protocols (for a range of stove and fuel types) and archives of earlier versions (available upon request).
Harmonized Laboratory Test Protocols were developed by an International Organization for Standardization (ISO) technical committee (TC 285). The Water Boiling Test, Biomass Stove Safety Protocol, Controlled Cooking Test, Durability Test, and Kitchen Performance Test were developed collaboratively by multiple Alliance partners. The other protocols shared below were developed by individual partner organizations or countries. Alliance partners are collaborating to further develop and harmonize protocols.