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Kikenni Consulting is a UK consulting firm specialising in bio-energy and low carbon development in Africa and Asia.


Kikenni was founded by Matthew Owen, who has worked in more than 20 countries on the design and evaluation of development programmes and the formulation of energy sector strategies and policies, in addition to impact studies, organisational reviews and technical training.  Kikenni draws on the skills of associates from Europe and Africa to meet the demands of particular assignments.


Matthew also part-owns two energy companies: Chardust Ltd. produces charcoal briquettes in Kenya and BURN Manufacturing is the leading social enterprise in charcoal stove design and manufacture in East Africa.

Cookswell Jikos is a small but growing family owned Kenyan hybrid-business. We provide our customers with the best quality charcoal and wood fueled stoves, portable convection ovens, BBQ's, smokers, space heaters and improved charcoal making kilns.


Our products are designed and handcrafted in Kenya by professional Kenyan artisans personally trained by the late great jiko inventor, Dr. Maxwell Kinyanjui.


Cookswell Jikos advocates for the sustainable production, management and utilization of wood fuels as one of the many renewable energy resources for East Africa’s cooking needs.



Feasibility Assessment

In response to this demand, we now offer feasibility visits to assess the viability of charcoal dust briquetting in your particular location. This can be in the form of a simple site visit lasting a couple of days, or we can provided extended assistance with equipment procurement and technical support through to installation and staff training. We have so far carried out feasibility studies in Ethiopia, Rwanda, Tanzania and DR Congo.


Contact us to discuss options and pricing.


Note that we are unable to support organisations based in Kenya, given the potential impacts on our local business operations.

Charcoal bag used by producer in Goma, DR Congo - provided with feasibility support and technical assistance by Chardust

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Kikenni Consulting

Cookswell Jikos

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Tamfeeds Ltd

The following companies share the same directorship as Chardust.


Tamtrout Ltd


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