Should You Buy Jikokoa Or the Normal Jiko?

Jikokoa is a brand of Jiko that, unlike the traditional one, promises energy savings in the long run and reduces deforestation. In this post, we will look at whether it is really worth it to pay more for it or should just buy the cheaper traditional (Jua Kali) jiko.


A jiko is a Swahili name for a charcoal stove, meanwhile, Jikokoa is a mashup of the words jiko and okoa, which translates as a charcoal stove  that saves; saving in aspects of charcoal use and environment as well

Traditional Jiko
Traditional Jiko

How Does Jikokoa Work?

 Jikokoa – a smart cooking stove that works like the traditional jiko but is designed to save energy and money. It’s like a regular jiko, but better!

Here’s how it works: Jikokoa has thicker walls that keep the heat inside so your food cooks faster and you don’t waste charcoal. You still use charcoal like before, but you use less of it because Jikokoa is really good at keeping the heat in.

Plus, it looks nicer than the old-style jikos – it’s sleek and modern, so it adds a touch of style to your kitchen.

And get this – by using Jikokoa, you can save over 15,000 units of charcoal in a year! That means you’ll save a lot of money on buying charcoal.

So, in simple terms, Jikokoa is like a super-efficient, money-saving, and stylish version of your old cooking stove. It’s good for your pocket and good for the environment too!

Who Invented Jikokoa?

In 1990, Peter Scott saw forests being cut down in Africa to make charcoal for cooking. This made him want to help save the forests. 

So, he started designing stoves that use less fuel. After working for 13  years as a stove expert in different places, he founded Burn Design Lab and BURN Manufacturing Co. in Washington in 2010. 

They make stoves that burn fuel more efficiently. Then, in 2014, they opened a factory in  Kenya

It’s the only one of its kind in Africa, making lots of stoves every month using solar power. They employ over 2,500 people, with half of them being women.

Types of Jikokoa

There are three variations:

  •  Jikokoa Classic
  •  Jikokoa Plus
  •  Jikokoa Pro 

All models offer a thermal efficiency of 64%, with the primary distinction being their sizes. Pricing begins at KSH 3,200 for the Classic, followed by the Plus.

Pros of Jikokoa

  •  Reduced charcoal consumption contributes to environmental preservation.
  •  Economical due to decreased charcoal usage.
  •  Decreased carbon monoxide emissions from burning less charcoal, minimizing poisoning risks.
  •  More fashionable and visually appealing compared to the traditional, rugged jiko.
  •  Better insulation results in fewer burn accidents.
  •  Available in various sizes to meet specific needs, unlike the one-size traditional jiko.

Cons of Jikokoa

  •  Not ideal for roasting because of its limited surface area, making it unsuitable for favorites like Nyama Choma and Mahindi Choma.
  •  The upfront cost can be up to four times higher than that of a traditional jiko.

Prices and Where to Buy 

Jikokoa is available at multiple outlets, including Jumia, appliance stores, Jiji, and Naivas. 

Naivas offers the most competitive prices for those looking to economize, with costs beginning at only KSh 3,800!


Both Jikokoa and the traditional jiko have their places in Kenyan kitchens. Your choice should align with your financial situation, cooking needs, and environmental consciousness

When deciding between a Jikokoa and a traditional (Jua Kali) jiko, there’s quite a bit to consider. 

Let’s check deeper into the merits and drawbacks of each option to help guide your decision.

Jikokoa: The Modern, Efficient Choice

Jikokoa is not just a stove; it’s a solution. It’s designed for those who value efficiency, environmental sustainability, and safety. 

The reduction in charcoal usage not only saves money over time but also plays a crucial role in combating deforestation. 

Moreover, its enhanced safety features and varying sizes make it a versatile option for different household needs. The stylish design is a bonus, adding a modern touch to your kitchen.

Traditional Jiko: The Economical, Time-Honored Option

The traditional jiko has stood the test of time for good reasons. It’s affordable, widely available, and does the job.

 For those who enjoy roasting and require a larger surface area for their cooking needs, the traditional jiko remains unmatched. 

It represents a straightforward, no-frills approach to cooking that many have come to rely on.

Making Your Choice

If your priorities lean towards long-term savings, environmental conservation, and safety, then Jikokoa is undoubtedly the better choice. 

However, if your budget is tight and your cooking needs lean more towards roasting large meals, or if you’re accustomed to traditional cooking methods, then a traditional jiko might make more sense for you. 

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