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Cooking Indoors

Stovetop cooking is one of the world's most universal energy-consuming activities. Consumers in industrialised countries choose from numerous stovetops and ovens using energy sources such as LPG, natural gas, and electricity.

The gas-based fuels are stored in tanks or more compact gas cylinders that can be installed both above, and below ground. These units are produced in various formats to suit a wide range of indoor and outdoor applications. Large cylinders can be stored in outdoor spaces (e.g. backyards, gardens) and the fuel is delivered indoors via pipes. There exist smaller, more compact cylinders that can be stored in separate indoor housing units or even in cabinets under the cooker top. Further still, miniature single burner stoves are the smallest in the range. These are single portable cylinder-stove units that are popularly used in the developing world.

Generally, indoor cooking appliances have a wide variety of familiar applications.

  • Indoor gas stoves are used for everyday cooking purposes across all parts of the world.From family kitchens in developing countries to community and individual kitchens, gas stoves are commonplace for their cost-effectiveness, ease of operation and moderate levels of fuel consumption.
  • Flattop (Plancha) grills are user-friendly indoor gas grills used for cooking healthier meals.

Gas Rotisseries and fryers are used for their high levels of efficiency and energy-saving properties. There exist larger models that are customized to deliver high output for industrial purposes.

Features

There are a large number of widely available indoor cooking appliances that are efficient, clean and offer ease of maintenance. They offer cooking solutions to vast consumer bases comprising of families, community kitchens as well as industrial operators. This is why there exists a wide range of cookers, fryers, grills and rotisseries in all shapes and sizes that cater to all possible cooking needs; from smaller domestic units for family cooking to larger professional units used for parties, weddings and other events. 

Benefits

There are numerous advantages to be associated with such popular appliances: They provide immediate heat on ignition (eliminating warming-up periods) and user-friendly effective thermostats. This is combined with cheap operation, facile cleaning as well as straightforward fuel-purchase and storage options.

There are also significant health benefits. With close to 40% of the planet’s population lacking access to clean cooking and heating solutions, numerous households from developing countries  still utilise locally manufactured stoves that burn biomass (e.g. wood, coal, crop residues, and animal dung).

Exposure to extremely high levels of pollution as a result causes more than 1.5 million deaths each year. Providing these families with access to simple LP Gas burners to replace the wood can dramatically mitigate exposure to these harmful pollutants and the ensuing consequences. In many regions, LPG remains the most efficient fuel for cooking.

Other practical considerations include:

  • LPG burns efficiently with no black smoke or soot; thus leaving no marks on cooking instruments and enabling easier cleaning. Its use also improves indoor air quality by substantially reducing hazardous pollutants.
  • The practical opportunity cost associated with replacing wood with LPG as a fuel is that the onerous task of gathering firewood subsequently becomes redundant.

LPG provides a higher cooking temperature than electricity and at a cheaper cost. It also produces heat that responds instantly to changes in setting and distributes the heat more broadly across the base of cooking implements. 

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