Cooking with cooking gas
can be an incredibly convenient method for most people. However, there are safety precautions that must be taken. There is also the question of whether or not it actually burns hotter than other types of fuel. These questions and more are answered below. The information provided should prove to be valuable to you as you begin this process of choosing your own source for this fuel type.
Cooking with cooking gas is commonly done in homes and small restaurants. There are two types of this type of fuel, natural gas and propane. Natural gas can be found at most local utility companies and is considered a cleaner fuel. Propane, on the other hand, is usually derived from petroleum sources
. Lighter, compressed natural gas (CNG) is also another alternative.
When compared to the other two options, cooking gas is the safer of the two. With reports of carbon monoxide poisoning increasing exponentially, it is important to find a safer way to provide your home with heat. Unlike propane and natural gas which are flared or vented, cooking gas is ignited directly by an activated burner. This means there is no additional risk of experiencing an accidental flame, and no need to fear the possibility of smoke inhalation.
With regards to health issues, it is important to note that butane is actually classified as a carcinogen. This means it is more dangerous than carcinogens such as nicotine. To add to this list of dangers, butane is made up of over 50 percent isobutane. This substance has been shown to cause cancer in animals, as well as humans. With this in mind, it is important to only use a certified fuel supplier
in order to avoid the chance of poisoning your family, especially children.
Natural gas is not as highly flammable as butane or propane, however it is much more toxic. As previously mentioned, it consists of over fifty percent methane which is released from livestock when they are being slaughtered. This chemical compound is known to cause severe respiratory irritation, and coughing fits in some cases. It is also important to realize that natural gas contains no ammonia, sulfur, or chlorine, which is what cooking gas contains. The only chemicals that cooking gas contains are those that result from the reaction between carbon dioxide and water, as well as hydrogen fluoride, which results in the production of carbonic acid.
Despite the fears and concerns that many people have about the risks associated with using flammable hydrocarbon gases in their home, there are currently many options available to remove these hazards. In addition to the installation of safety and exhaust ventilation systems, several appliances exist to remove the threat posed by flammable gas wells. However, there are many other factors that can contribute to the risks of exposure, including the frequency of use, proximity of the stove to the flue and chimney, the location of the flue and vent, and design of the home itself.
Another commonly produced using cooking gas is LPG gas, which are typically used in residential areas, portable devices, and industrial applications. While it is safer than petroleum-based heating fuels, it is also more expensive and requires a specific delivery system. Available for both burning and liquid applications, LPG is commonly produced using an oxygen tank, and a flue and combustion chamber. The most common method for delivering LPG to homes and commercial locations is through a series of specially designed piped gas lines, which run along the length of the property.
Though public housing residents may be more likely to be exposed to this type of poisonous gas due to its frequent use in cooking, this is not the only scenario where this substance can pose a threat. In addition to homes and commercial facilities, it can be dangerous when introduced to enclosed vehicles, especially if one hot plate is near. Public housing occupants are at a much higher risk of exposure when using an unventilated cooking gas cylinder, as the source of the cylinder (propane or natural gas cylinder) can be virtually anywhere. Cooking with this substance will almost always produce poisonous fumes and will release ethylene gas and hydrocarbons into the air, which can irritate eyes, skin, and mucous membranes
. Those who cook with LPG in an unventilated space should be sure to wear a face mask at all times, and keep the area where they are cooking safe, until the cooking process is completed.