Very long winded question about Trevor Baylis Eco stove?

Years ago I saw a documentary about an African country which most villages and towns use bottled gas to cook.
One guy had made a stove from an empty gas container that split water, using a car battery, into a usable flammable gas.

It was very basic; the electrodes were nails and the amount of electricity it used was minute, (shown by a very dim bulb in part of the circuit); it worked very well, just like a normal gas stove.

The guy had been kidnapped three times and his family threatened by the people who make their living from selling gas.

Here was Trevor Baylis, (The man who, in 1991, saw a programme about the spread of Aids in Africa and set about developing the wind-up radio), with the guy using the stove to make a meal.

Trevor Baylis was going to take this project on and allow everyone to have a very cheap and eco -friendly cooking fuel.

I can't seem to find any info on it using Google....So my question is: Did this ever happen?

Thank you.

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Its not as efficient as some modern stove designs like the Peko-Pe, since electrolysis is a very poor process.

There is a very good group dedicated to improving stoves for people who cook on them, at

FriendOfHumanity (author)  steveastrouk7 years ago
 Hey Steveastrouk,

I've never heard of these before but after a look on Google I am interested....
might be my next instructable.

Try looking up "TLUD" as well.
lemonie7 years ago
Minute amount of electricity produces loads of gas? No.
Worked like a normal gas stove? No - hydrogen burns differently, there's hardly any flame to see.
If it were that easy thousands of people would be doing it.
The real Trevor

FriendOfHumanity (author)  lemonie7 years ago
 I believe you.... but on the programme it was shown with a very dim bulb and shortly afterwards boiling water and stressing how amazing this invention was. So I've always been amazed that I have never heard anything about it since then.
That's how I remember it at least... unless it was all a dream..(dream ..dream..dream).

It's funny how these things come back to us, and we can't go back and find them - I too wonder about these sort of memories.
Anyhow, why would he be kidnapped 3 times, he escaped thrice? You would have thought African kidnappers perfectly capable of killing him second time around, or is this a bit James Bond?
Interesting anyway.

FriendOfHumanity (author)  lemonie7 years ago
I guess they were just trying to frighten him; they took his first stove away.

Yes, about these memories; I have a lot of these ancient unanswered questions floating about in my mindbox; The Instructables' site really helps to lay them to rest.....for instance:, I'm still mulling over the first compact disc demonstration on Tomorrow's world, (I believe that you are from the UK).
They poured honey and dust over it and it worked fine.
(That's how I remember it).

... in fact I'm going to ask now....

Yes they did a proper job on that, I remember. But it was a development system, over engineered. Get it into a production system and e.g. Philips say "No one's going to do that much damage - they're used to looking after vinyl. Only light scratching and dust needs to be accommodated."
(I've never found a video clip)