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 Choosing the right fuel for cooking profoundly impacts life and the environment. It's time to clear the smoke about LPG vs wood as a cooking fuel. Despite wood being perceived as a more traditional and economical fuel, its health and environmental costs can be staggering. LPG, a modern energy source, can dramatically reduce harmful emissions and air pollutants by 80-100%, preserving your health and our planet. The IEA estimates that the global use of LPG for cooking will continue to grow in the coming years, reaching 33% by 2030. This blog will explore all the benefits LPG offers over wood.  

LPG burns much cleaner than wood, releasing significantly fewer pollutants than wood. On the other hand, wood exhausts harmful pollutants and smoke, affecting indoor and outdoor air quality. LPG burns 90% cleaner than wood and reduces the risk of respiratory problems.  

LPG is more efficient than wood as a cooking fuel. While the combustion efficiency of LPG is 95%, which means 95% of the fuel is converted to heat, the combustion efficiency of wood is only 60%. LPG can cook faster, using less fuel when compared to wood.  

Health Impact  
Wood smoke contains a variety of harmful pollutants, including particulate matter, carbon monoxide, and nitrogen dioxide. These pollutants can cause a range of health problems, including respiratory infections, heart disease, cancer, and premature death. As published by Environmental Health Perspectives journal, women using LPG had a 31% lower risk of developing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) than women who use wood for cooking.  

Carbon Efficiency  
LPG produces about 50% less carbon dioxide compared to wood. LPG produces 2.6 kilograms of carbon dioxide per kilogram of fuel, while wood produces 3.7 kilograms of carbon dioxide per kilogram of fuel.  

Environmentally Friendly  
Wood is a renewable and finite resource, while LPG is a non-renewable resource. Using LPG over wood can help reduce deforestation. LPG is a more efficient fuel than wood, which means it burns cleaner and produces fewer greenhouse gas emissions. 

According to a study by the World Resources Institute, switching to LPG for cooking can reduce a household's annual carbon footprint by up to 2 tonnes. This is equivalent to planting 100 trees. Incorporating a few simple tips can help you reduce LPG consumption and promotes a healthier environment in the kitchen.   

Better Control  
LPG stoves offer better control than wood stoves in terms of temperature control, even distribution of heat, adjustable flame, and no smoke. The wood stove requires a long time to ignite and warm up, which increases fuel consumption and cooking time, which is a major disadvantage.  

In conclusion, choosing LPG over wood promotes health benefits, saves trees and reduces carbon footprints. These are just a few examples of why LPG is better than wood for cooking. Since LPG is so efficient, you don't have to worry about running out of fuel halfway through cooking.