Gas stoves have become a household staple for many, but a new report shows how to heat them up to a healthy level for cooking.
A study from the Institute for Energy Research (IER) has found that, while heating a gas stove can be useful for some, a larger portion of those that use them are not bothered by the odour and emissions of combustion.
The study analysed the emissions of different types of gas stoves and found that a small percentage of them are actually less harmful than the average person’s household gas stove.
“For the majority of users, the benefit of a gas appliance is simply to help them warm themselves.
It is simply a convenient appliance for them to use.
The same can be said for many other household appliances that are used frequently by others,” IER researcher Prof John Pomerantz told RTÉ’s Morning Ireland.
The study examined a sample of more than 20,000 households from all over the world, and found the average user of a stove uses it every two hours, but it’s the amount of time the stove is used that’s the most important.
“The gas stowers used in the study were not a regular part of the household, and were often used as a workstation,” Prof Pomeranz said.
“They were used for cooking purposes for a significant number of households, for a large number of household members.”
The researchers analysed the CO2 emissions of all of the gas stools, as well as their weight and height, to see how much each stove emitted.
“Most households use their gas stowers for heating.
Some use them to cook, some for cleaning, some as a storage or storage area for foodstuffs, and some as an appliance to warm themselves,” Prof Máirtín Ó Cúchas told RTE.”
A few households use them as a secondary heating source to cook other items, but for the vast majority of households these are used primarily as a cooking appliance.””
There is no reason why a gas burner or gas stove is not more environmentally friendly, and if it is used for a cooking task it is a good thing.”Prof Ó Máire, who has been studying gas stokeets for the past 12 years, said the benefits of gas are more than just a convenience for the individual user.”
It can be an environmentally friendly appliance.
You can heat up an egg for the first time or even bake a cake or make ice cream,” she said.
Prof Ñúna Ó Fáthíráin, from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Limerick, agreed that gas staves can be used to heat meals, but pointed out that they were a great idea if the person is prepared to clean up after themselves.
“When you have a stove, it has the advantage of being more efficient, as the energy of combustion is conserved.
The gas burns less energy, which means less waste, so it’s much more efficient,” she told RTI.”
However, the issue is that it’s not as good as if you have one of these gas stokers in the kitchen.”
If you use a stove as a gas cooker, it is much more harmful, as it can produce more CO2, which is a problem.
“Gas stoves should be used as secondary heating devices, but if you’re using them as an everyday appliance, you shouldn’t have to worry about this,” she added.
Prof Máirthín Ò Dúnne, from IER, said that while gas stave use may be beneficial for the householder, it’s still not a good idea for those that don’t have access to the gas.
“Some of these stoves may be used for some other purposes, but those who do not have access, they’re not going to be using them for their cooking, they can be better used in a different way,” she explained.
“We should not encourage people to go out and buy these staves.
It’s really important that people do not take them for granted and do their own research, but do not use them for cooking or as a means of heating up food.”
I do think that it would be nice if they would have a wider choice, because they could choose whether they want to use these stove as a primary heating appliance or a secondary one.
“Many people are going to have access and some are going be able to get away with not using them, but many people are not.”
Prof Pomeranza said it would take a significant amount of research to prove that gas-fired stoves are less harmful to the environment.
“As a matter of fact, I don’t think that there’s a large enough number of studies to be able say that there is an effect on the environment from using these stumps,” he said.