The Truth About Gas Stoves (2023)

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The Truth About Gas Stoves

“The world of tomorrow is cooking with gas!” This phrase was popularized by the gas industry as far back as the 1930s, promoting gas stoves as clean and reliable. Carmen Miranda even sang, “Cooking With Gas” in the 1948 film “A Date With Judy” and the American Gas Association (AGA) got Bob Hope to adopt the catchphrase “Now you’re cooking with gas” in his routines. The gas industry’s marketing campaign was a big success: gas came to be seen as clean and natural, and eventually gas stoves became the cooktop of choice for most professional chefs.

Professional chefs prefer gas stoves. Photo: IrenicRhonda

Today, about 40 million U.S. households use gas stoves—more than 30 percent of homes; in New Jersey, California, Chicago, and New York City, it’s about 70 percent of households. But recently, concerns have arisen about their impacts on children’s health. What does the science show, and why are we only hearing about this now?

In January, the chair of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced that emissions from gas stoves could be hazardous and that it was looking into ways to reduce the indoor air pollution they produce. Although the CPSC said it was not considering a ban on gas stoves, the media was suddenly awash with reports on the dangers of gas stoves and campaigns that defended them.

What are the health risks of gas stoves?

The natural gas that fuels gas stoves is primarily methane which, when burned, turns into carbon dioxide. Burning the fuel also produces nitrogen dioxide (NO2), which can aggravate respiratory diseases such as asthma, and result in coughing or difficulty breathing. How much NO2 and other pollutants people are exposed to depends on the size of their cooking space and the ventilation available.

In 1971, the EPA established regulations to limit outdoor exposure to NO2 to 53 parts per billion (ppb) over the course of a year. In 2010, the agency determined that, in fact, exposure should not exceed 100ppb in one hour. The EPA has never set any regulations for indoor NO2 air pollution. Canada and the World Health Organization, however, have set indoor NO2 guidelines for one hour at 90ppb and 106ppb respectively.

A recent study involving researchers at Columbia University’s Climate School and the Mailman School of Public Health found that NO2 concentration when cooking with gas stoves reached an average of 197 ppb; when gas stoves were replaced with electric stoves in 20 households, daily NO2 concentrations fell by 35 percent .

A 2020 study by Rocky Mountain Institute, Physicians for Social Responsibility, Mothers Out Front, and Sierra Club found that boiling water might produce 184 ppb of NO2; baking a cake in a gas oven could produce 230 parts per billion, and roasting meat could produce 296 ppb. Using bigger or more burners or turning flames up higher can result in even more NO2 being emitted. In other words, gas stoves can produce concentrations of NO2 that easily exceed EPA’s outdoor NO2 air quality standards if adequate ventilation is not used.

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Because children’s respiratory and immune systems are not fully mature, and because they have faster breathing and physical activity rates, high indoor levels of NO2 can impact children’s health. They can result in increased susceptibility to lung infections and asthma, respiratory problems, learning deficits, and cardiovascular issues, and can exacerbate allergies. A 1992 analysis found that NO2 levels comparable to the amount a gas stove releases increases the risk for a childhood respiratory illness by 20 percent. A more recent study found that 12.7 percent of U.S. childhood asthma cases, or one in eight, were attributable to gas stove use, confirming the findings of earlier studies.

“[The 12.7 percent finding] is really complex in terms of the actual causal pathway,” said Harry Kennard, senior research associate at Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy “That’s not to say that the combustion byproducts of gas are healthy — they aren’t. But the way that they impact you is really a sort of complex assembly of lots of different things—the building morphology, socio-demographic factors, and the availability of decent ventilation.”

Ventilation can lessen risks but won’t completely eliminate them. Gas stoves, unlike gas hot water heaters and dryers, are not uniformly required to be vented to the outside. Proper ventilation—exhaust hoods, fans over stoves, or open windows—can reduce air pollutants, but in many places, vents cannot or are not required to connect to the outdoors. Exhaust hoods that filter and recirculate the air indoors are less effective at cleaning the air. Moreover, a National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey found that only 21.1 percent of gas stoves in homes with children were consistently used with the stove’s exhaust vent.

Compared to cooking with an electric stove, cooking with gas also produces twice as much harmful particulate matter, which can have health impacts on the heart and lungs. Gas stoves can also release formaldehyde, a human carcinogen, and carbon monoxide, which is odorless and can be toxic in high concentrations. Carbon monoxide levels have been found to be three to six times higher in homes with gas stoves.

A gas stove also pollutes when it is off. A 2022 study found that gas stoves, even when not in use, can leak as much benzene, a carcinogen, as secondhand cigarette smoke. Another study that analyzed natural gas samples found that 95 percent of them contained benzene, for which there is no safe level. That study also found 21 hazardous air pollutants in unburned gas, including hexane and toluene, which can affect the nervous system, liver, and kidneys.

Stanford University researchers measured emissions for 53 stoves while on and off. Seventy-six percent of unburned methane leaked out through pipes and fittings when stoves were off. High levels of methane can reduce the amount of oxygen in the air, which can have a variety of health impacts. Methane is also a greenhouse gas 80 times more potent than carbon dioxide over 20 years. The study calculated that the 2.6 million tons of methane emissions leaked from U.S. gas stoves in one year are equivalent to the carbon dioxide produced by about 500,000 cars.

Because the quality and size of housing can determine exposure to indoor air pollution, the problem is usually worse for low-income communities. Low-income residents who have smaller homes or apartments with inadequate ventilation and perhaps many occupants will be more susceptible to the risks of gas stove pollution. And due to inadequate heating, low-income residents may use gas stoves to heat their homes which will produce elevated levels of nitrogen dioxide and other hazardous pollutants.

Small kitchens are harder to ventilate. Photo: Jessica and Lon Binder

In addition, research shows that low-income communities have more incidences of asthma, which can be aggravated by gas stove use. Because switching to electric cooking may not be affordable for many low-income residents, one solution is for governments to provide credits or rebates to help with the purchase of plug-in induction stovetops or electric stoves.

The gas industry’s response

In the face of the mounting criticism of gas stoves, the gas industry has used the fact that the EPA and the Consumer Product Safety Commission have not regulated gas stoves as evidence that they are safe. One gas utility executive said, “The science around the safe use of natural gas for cooking is clear: there are no documented risks to respiratory health from natural gas stoves from the regulatory and advisory agencies and organizations responsible for protecting residential consumer health and safety.”

Meanwhile, the gas industry has mounted an anti-electrification campaign, sending robotexts to residents about how their electric bills would soar if they switched to electric stoves. The American Gas Association has blogged that “All electric homes require expensive retrofits.” And the AGA and American Public Gas Association have paid young social media and Instagram influencers to sing the praises of cooking with gas.

More recently, an AGA spokesman said that emissions from cooking itself, and not the stove, are the main problem. And in response to the latest study that found gas stoves increased childhood asthma cases by 12.7 percent, the AGA claimed the study was not substantiated by “sound science” because the authors didn’t test real appliances, citing another study that found no association between cooking with gas and asthma in children.

Who knew what when?

But in fact, the gas industry itself has been studying the risks from gas stove pollution since the early 1970s. A draft report by the AGA shows that it already had concerns about indoor air pollution in 1972.

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Scientists have also known that the emissions from gas stoves can harm human respiratory systems for decades. In 1975, the EPA published a study that showed exposure to nitrogen dioxide from gas stoves caused respiratory problems. A 1981 EPA report on indoor air pollutants and their adverse health effects said, “Unvented gas cooking is probably responsible for a large portion of nitrogen dioxide exposures in our population. In many homes, chronic exposures to nitrogen dioxide indoors may exceed established national ambient-air quality standards.” And in 1983, Congressional hearings on indoor air quality concluded that unvented gas stoves could produce nitrogen dioxide and other pollutants that could irritate respiratory systems. In 1986, the EPA asked the Consumer Product Safety Commission to assess the risks of indoor sources of nitrogen dioxide, saying more epidemiological research was needed, but not until 2011 and 2013 did the CPSC warn the public that exposure to nitrogen dioxide could be harmful.

The gas industry continued to dispute the science and hired its own researchers to conduct studies; it argued that regulations were unnecessary because people could take actions on their own to ventilate. It has spent millions lobbying Congress to protect its interests. In the end, no regulations on gas stoves or their emissions were ever passed.

Gas stoves become cultural pawns

Now as the Consumer Product Safety Commission studies and seeks public comment about the gas stove issue, the U.S. Oil and Gas Association has sponsored a new nonprofit called Hands Off My Stove whose mission is to “preserve our right to choose to cook our meals any way we want without government interference.”

House Republicans introduced the “Guarding America’s Stoves (GAS) Act” and the “Stop Trying to Obsessively Vilify Energy (STOVE) Act” to prevent the CPSC and other agencies from banning gas stoves. In response to the Department of Energy’s proposed new energy efficiency standards for gas stoves that could result in some existing ones being removed from market, the “Save Our Gas Stoves Act” would prevent the Department of Energy from setting energy efficiency standards for gas stoves. Republican senators also introduced the “Natural Gas Appliances Standards Act of 2023,” which would prevent the Department of Energy from making rules that could prohibit the sale of any natural gas appliance. And Florida Republican Governor Ron DeSantis has proposed the elimination of sales tax on gas stoves to encourage their use.

Gas stoves have become pawns in the political culture war because they are the gateways to natural gas fueled heating and hot water. About half of all U.S. homes use natural gas for heat and hot water. Achieving President Biden’s goal of net zero by 2050 will require switching these homes to electricity. Twenty-two states plus Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico have already made commitments to clean electricity by 2050 or sooner.

Cooking with an electric slow cooker and rice cooker. Photo:Birdies100

Dozens of U.S. cities have also instituted or are considering banning natural gas in new construction; however, a federal appeals court just overturned the ban on natural gas in new construction in Berkeley, California, the first U.S. city to establish a ban. To counter the gas ban trend, 20 states with Republican-controlled legislatures have adopted “preemption laws” to prohibit their cities from banning natural gas.

In contrast to California and Washington, which banned gas in new construction through building codes, New York has become the first state to ban gas appliances through legislation. Governor Hochul’s bill bans gas and other fossil fuel use for appliances in new construction of single-family homes or buildings with three stories or less beginning at the end of 2025; at the end of 2028, gas will be banned in new commercial buildings or structures with four stories or more. There are exemptions for restaurants, laundromats, hospitals, backup generators, and manufacturing facilities.

What if you have a gas stove?

Anyone who spends a lot of time cooking on a gas stove is at greater risk from its pollutants. Children, pregnant women, and those with respiratory problems are especially vulnerable.

The best way to avoid indoor air pollution in the kitchen is to switch to an electric or induction stove. Electric stoves cook food without a flame and can have coils that sit on the cooktop, or heating elements beneath a glass surface. They are healthier and safer than gas stoves, and have outperformed gas stoves in many Consumer Reports tests.

An induction cooktop. Photo: Grillo

Induction cooktops are a type of electric cooktop, but they produce energy through an electromagnetic field beneath a glass surface. The heat is actually created within magnetic cookware: stainless steel, iron, or induction-compatible cookware. Induction stoves are safer than gas stoves because they produce fewer indoor air pollutants, the glass surface never gets hot, they cook faster, are easy to clean, and are three times more energy efficient. The drawbacks are that induction stoves can be twice as costly as gas stoves, the electricity in your kitchen may need to be upgraded and rewired, your electric bills could go up, and you may need to purchase new pots and pans.

While President Biden does not support a ban on gas stoves, he is encouraging electrification through his Inflation Reduction Act, which provides a tax credit for up to $840 for a new electric or induction cooktop, or electric wall oven. It also provides up to $500 toward the costs of rewiring.

If you cannot switch to electric, there are other measures you can take to protect your health.

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  • If you cannot afford an induction stove, consider purchasing a portable induction burner which doesn’t require additional wiring.
  • Install a ventilation hood over the cooktop, ideally vented to the outdoors, and use it whenever cooking.
  • Use an air purifier with high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) and carbon filters. Most will not remove toxic gases but will lessen particulate matter; some special air purifiers can filter out volatile organic compounds.
  • Open windows when you cook and use a fan in the window to circulate the air.
  • Use back burners instead of front ones; use fewer burners and cook at lower heat.
  • Avoid long cooking times on the stove or in the oven.
  • Use electric appliances when possible: microwaves, toaster ovens, kettles, slow cookers, pressure cookers, or rice cookers.

“Ventilation is absolutely key,” said Kennard, adding that it’s unfortunately not getting enough attention in the gas stove discussion. “We saw this through COVID. It took a long time for people to understand that alongside masks and vaccines, actually ventilating rooms was one of the most effective ways of preventing the transmission of the disease. That same principle applies to providing clean fresh air to whatever space you’re cooking in—it is central.”

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Helen Freedman

22 days ago

Thank you for a really comprehensive piece explaining the true dangers of cooking with gas. I now understand why we need to make the change to electric. It’s not about hype, it’s about safety!

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The Truth About Gas Stoves? ›

Compared to cooking with an electric stove, cooking with gas also produces twice as much harmful particulate matter, which can have health impacts on the heart and lungs. Gas stoves can also release formaldehyde, a human carcinogen, and carbon monoxide, which is odorless and can be toxic in high concentrations.

Are gas stoves really better than electric? ›

Both gas and electric ranges have advantages, depending on what and how you cook. Gas ranges offer more responsive heat control for switching between searing meats or stir-frying veggies, while the dry, even heat of electric range ovens may work better for certain baked goods.

Are gas stoves worth it? ›

Gas Stove Pros

If you do a lot of cooking or have a large family to feed, gas is the way to go. Not only does it provide reliable and consistent heat in your kitchen but when compared with electricity prices across most states, switching can help save up to 10-30% on those energy bills.

Do chefs prefer gas or electric ovens? ›

And it boils down to one question: Which cooks better, gas or electric? For most home chefs forced to choose between gas ranges that heat quickly or electric-coil stoves that are inefficient and ugly, the answer is simple: gas.

Why do people prefer gas stoves? ›

Gas Range Pros:

Better temperature control. More durable. Gas tends to be less expensive than electricity. Chefs tend to prefer gas perhaps because the burners and oven heat up faster.

Is gas heat bad for your health? ›

Gas appliances can give off toxic carbon monoxide and other air pollutants. Approximately half of American households rely on gas appliances for heat and hot water. According to the Census Bureau, piped natural gas powered around 61 million water heaters, 58 million furnaces, and 20 million clothes dryers in 2021.

Do chefs prefer gas or induction? ›

Chefs love induction cooking because of the extremely fast heating and precise heat control provided through a high-performance glass-ceramic surface. Also, induction technology warms the pan and not the surface or surrounding area, so very little heat escapes into the room.

Why do chefs prefer gas stoves over electric? ›

Professional chefs prefer gas stoves because they immediately can be ignited. Therefore, the gas cooktop can be heated up much quicker than an electric cooktop. Food will be able to be cooked quicker and it will allow the chef to cook their meal in a shorter amount of time.

Should I switch from gas to electric stove? ›

"Switching from gas stoves to a more efficient electrical appliance is good for indoor air quality," said Jon Levy, chair the Department of Environmental Health at Boston University. "It's also good for climate change, and some of the newer technologies are even better for cooking."

Do professional chefs prefer gas stoves? ›

They Prefer Gas

Professional chefs know what it takes to deliver so take some tips from the experts. To start cooking like a pro, start with their preferred tool - a gas stovetop. Gas stoves offer an incredible experience with every use.

What is the alternative to a gas stove? ›

The two main alternatives are electric and induction stoves — both of which do not involve open flames or gas emissions. Electric stoves heat up metal coils beneath the burner and induction stoves, and induction stoves use electric and magnetic currents to heat cookware.

How long will a gas stove last? ›

Lifespan: 10–15 years

You shouldn't take chances with anything that can catch fire. A stove and oven's average lifespan is up to 15 years—occasionally longer if you opted for a gas range. “The biggest thing to note is that a proper stove shouldn't take too long to heat up properly,” according to Paul.

What do chefs think about electric stoves? ›

Several professional chefs who've already made the switch to induction stoves from gas stoves said the electric cooktops are superior — cutting cook times in half and easing the cleanup process. The chefs also cite environmental and health reasons for why they made the switch.

What do chefs think about gas stoves? ›

“Traditionally, gas stoves have been an efficient way to cook in high-volume kitchens as the open flame heats the pan in very little time and allows chefs to have much more control over cooking temperature,” says the association's CEO John Barker.

Why are electric ovens better than gas ovens? ›

While gas may have the edge in terms of heating speed, electric does tend to offer a quicker cooking experience. Electric ovens tend to distribute heat more evenly, particularly fan-assisted ovens. This allows the hot air to be circulated around the oven, surrounding the item and cooking the food from multiple angles.

Why does food taste better on a gas stove? ›

It actually does for specific dishes but only because with a gas burner you can achieve higher temperatures which allow for a faster Maillard reaction. This is especially true when cooking in a wok. The higher temperature will allow for a faster charring and less loss of water making for tastier and more tender food.

Do gas stoves take longer to cook? ›

Because the heating is not as even as electric, it can sometimes take things a little bit longer to bake. And because the heat can be more humid than an electric oven which is a dry heat, things will have a more difficult time browning or crisping with a gas oven.

Do gas stoves make better food? ›

The only difference is how well it is cooked. Gas gives better control and uniformity of cooking. Electric, to me, is not uniform in heating across the pan and takes to long to heat up and cool down.

Why is California banning gas stoves? ›

Research has found that gas stoves in California are leaking cancer-causing benzene, while another study determined that U.S. gas stoves are contributing to global warming by putting 2.6 million tons of methane in the air each year even when turned off.

Are gas stoves bad for your lungs? ›

People use a variety of heat sources to cook food, including gas, wood, and electricity. Each of these heat sources can create indoor air pollution during cooking. Natural gas stoves can release carbon monoxide, formaldehyde and other harmful pollutants into the air, which can be toxic to people and pets.

Are modern gas stoves safe? ›

A growing body of research shows gas stoves emit toxic compounds even when not in use. Among the most worrisome is benzene, a carcinogen. A study by PSE Healthy Energy found benzene in 99% of samples it took in homes in California.

What is the latest stove technology? ›

Induction cooktop stoves, which use electromagnetic fields to heat up the pot but not the cooktop itself, are expected to become the new trend. Induction cooktops are touted as a safer, faster and more energy efficient way to cook. Also, they're marketed as being better for indoor air quality than a gas stove.

What is the disadvantage of induction cooking? ›

Pricey. Although the prices are coming down for induction cooktops, they are still more expensive than ceramic or gas cooktops. Inflexibility of cookware. You will probably need to invest in a set of new cookware, as induction cooktops cannot use aluminium, glass, pyrex or copper.

Is electric stove good for health? ›

We do know that, overall, electric stoves directly generate lower levels of airborne contaminants. This reduces a potential exposure hazard and associated health risk. If you're replacing your stove/oven anyway, electric is likely a better choice both for better indoor air quality and the general environment.

Is the biggest winner of the gas stove fight is induction ranges? ›

The Biggest Winner of the Gas Stove Fight Is Induction Ranges. While culture warriors and foodies panic over their favorite kitchen appliance, the induction range is still waiting for America to fall in love.

Do most people have gas or electric stoves? ›

Electric stoves are overall more common in the U.S., with 68 percent of households owning one opposite 38 percent which have a gas stove. In a majority of states, electric stove ownership surpasses 70 percent of households.

Are gas furnaces being phased out? ›

In its ongoing effort to slash ozone pollution, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) voted Thursday to ban the sale of new gas furnaces and water heaters beginning in 2030. Homes will be required to install zero-emissions alternatives, like electric heaters.

What year did electric stoves come out? ›

Canadian executive Thomas Ahearn put together the first electric range in 1892. In 1896, William Hadaway received the first patent for an electric stove, and by the late 1920s, these stoves began to compete with their gas counterparts.

Are gas stoves better than wood? ›

A gas stove does not release fumes and particles into the air during operation, making it a far safer option. Not only that, the absence of sparks and a real flame with a gas stove creates a much more controlled environment which is particularly important for homes with young children and pets.

Can you cook on a gas stove without a vent? ›

It is not safe to have a gas stove without a vent. Although they are not required in America, vent hoods are crucial to improving your indoor air quality. Since Americans today spend over 90% of their time indoors, venting out pollutants and cooking exhaust is all the more important.

What is the most efficient way to use a gas stove? ›

Turn your burner to high first; lower the heat to finish cooking. Using retained heat saves energy. Give your burners a break. Burner pans that are blackened due to heavy use make burners less efficient because they absorb a lot of heat.

What brand stove lasts the longest? ›

High quality gas ranges, such as the Bosch 800 Series or the Café slide-in gas smart rangecan last up to 20 years, which is the longest life expectancy amongst cooking appliances. This is followed closely by built-in or wall ovens, like the 30-inch Bertazzoni with a life expectancy of 15 to 20 years.

Can you leave a gas stove on for 3 hours? ›

How Long Can You Leave A Gas Stove On? Your goal should be to never leave your gas stove on if you're not cooking something. There's no set “number of hours” that is safe. The dangers are that carbon monoxide is being emitted which can make you ill or even kill you.

Can you leave a gas stove on all day? ›

Any stove should never be left unattended. If you have to leave or are busy in another part of the house and can't watch it, turn it off. A gas stove is especially dangerous because if there's a gas leak, it can cause an explosion.

What are the cons of an electric stove? ›

Of course, electric stoves do have their drawbacks: It can take much longer for electric stove burners to heat up and cool down than it does for gas stoves. Electric stoves cannot be used if your electricity goes out. Gas stoves can be, which allows you to make food even if the electricity is off.

What's the point of electric stoves? ›

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF AN ELECTRIC RANGE? Electric heating elements can cycle on and off more quickly than most gas oven burners. This allows for greater responsiveness to temperature setting changes and quicker response to heat loss within the oven cavity. Electric heat tends to be drier than gas.

Does the French laundry use gas stoves? ›

For restaurant kitchens, the alternative to gas stoves is induction cooktops, which run on electricity. Michelin three-star restaurants The French Laundry in Napa Valley and Alinea in Chicago have vowed to switch to energy-efficient electric.

Do gas stoves burn pans? ›

The flames on your gas hob can also blacken saucepans and frying pans, etc., if the jets fitted are not the right kind for the type of gas you're using.

How much does gas stove cost to run? ›

Monthly Cost of a Gas Stove

The rule says that an average stove in an average American household will cost $7.5 per month for one hour of use a day.

Are induction cooktops good or bad? ›

Induction cooktops cook food faster while using less energy than traditional stovetops. According to ENERGY STAR, residential induction cooktops are 5 to 10 percent more efficient than electric stoves and three times more efficient than gas stoves.

What are the pros and cons of gas ovens vs electric ovens? ›

Electric ovens tend to be cheaper upfront, and installation is much simpler than natural gas ovens. However, gas ovens tend to have cheaper long-term operating costs, since gas is usually cheaper than electricity.

What is advantage and disadvantage of gas stove? ›

Gas stoves are generally cheaper, those of stainless steel are more expensive than those tiled. If it is necessary to lay a floor for its installation, it becomes more costly, but over time the investment is amortized. Electric stoves are more costly, but the installing process is straightforward.

What are the disadvantages of using natural gas? ›

Disadvantages of Natural Gas
  • Natural gas is a nonrenewable resource. As with other fossil energy sources (i.e. coal and oil) natural gas is a limited source of energy and will eventually run out. ...
  • Storage. ...
  • Natural Gas Emits Carbon Dioxide. ...
  • Natural gas can be difficult to harness.
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Why are electric stoves safer than gas? ›

Safety: Electric stoves are safer as there is no risk of gas leaks or fires. 4. Easy to clean: Electric stovetops are usually smoother and easier to clean than gas stovetops.

Does gas stove increase home value? ›

Homes with natural gas sell for 6% more on average than those using electric energy. That's because more than 70% of homebuyers are looking for their new home to be fueled by natural gas appliances.

Does gas stove use a lot of gas? ›

Gas cooktop/range – 65,000 BTU/hour or 5 to 10 gallons per month.

How long can you keep gas stove on? ›

While basic activities like boiling drinking water for a few minutes are probably safe, keeping your gas stove running for days on end is dangerous and can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning. Don't rely on the gas for more than one or two brief tasks in a 24-hour period.

What is the biggest problem with natural gas? ›

The problem with natural gas is its storing: the volume of the gas needs bigger storage places, which are costly to maintain. A big disadvantage is that it is not renewable. According to Worldometers, only 52 years of natural gas reserves are left to extract.

Why are we against natural gas? ›

Climate change

While natural gas is a cleaner burning resource than coal and liquid petroleum, it still emits a large amount of carbon into the atmosphere in the form of both CO2 and methane.

Why do chefs not use electric stoves? ›

Electric stovetops take so much time that most chefs just take the pan off the burner to cool it faster. Gas is practically immediate when it comes to making adjustments since the flame can quickly be diminished or ignited.

What is the best alternative to a gas stove? ›

The two main alternatives are electric and induction stoves — both of which do not involve open flames or gas emissions. Electric stoves heat up metal coils beneath the burner and induction stoves, and induction stoves use electric and magnetic currents to heat cookware.

What is the safest stove? ›

Induction Cooktops

As a result, heating occurs faster than both gas and electric cooktops, making it more efficient. Additionally, this is the safest cooktop due to its electromagnetic heat source.

Do chefs prefer gas stoves? ›

Professional chefs prefer gas stoves because they immediately can be ignited. Therefore, the gas cooktop can be heated up much quicker than an electric cooktop.

Why it is not advisable to use a wood stove? ›

Wood smoke can cause coughing, wheezing and asthma attacks, and lead to serious health issues, such as heart attacks, stroke and premature death. Wood smoke also adds carbon dioxide and methane to the air, both of which significantly contribute to climate change.

How efficient are free standing gas stoves? ›

Freestanding gas stoves can vent through existing chimneys, through the roof with new venting, or out the wall via a direct vent installation. Continuously warming objects in its path, a gas stove provides radiant heat that will satisfy your comfort needs while using 25% less energy compared to forced air systems.

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