Are wood-burning stoves going to get the chop?

In Indonesia, it’s common to see people cook with wood-burning stoves. And in another country, they might be using it when winter comes to make themselves warm. Usually, wood-burning stoves mostly saw in the rural area or villages because the gas distribution hasn’t covered all the area. But, the scariest thing about this natural energy is the damage it causes to the environment, health and opens fire.

The Clinton Global Initiative data noted the smoke from cooking with firewood inside the home has caused deaths in 1.9 million people mostly experienced by women and children. These people are killed because every day for years breathing smoke from wood stoves in the house. Smoke from the cooking with the wood stove has made toxic gases soar inside the house. This gas has caused pneumonia in children, lung cancer, bronchitis and cardiovascular disease. While other effects of cooking with firewood are contributing to climate change through emissions of carbon dioxide and methane released. Both of these gases are the main factors causing greenhouse gases.

It is why Indonesia Government under Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono administrative made a policy that ensures Indonesia people, especially that live in rural areas to change wood-burning stoves into gas stoves. The hope is Indonesia people started to use the gas stove and left wood-burning stoves. Now, in 2018 we could see that gas stove has to reach rural areas, even though some of them are still using wood as the fuel because of the poverty, or because it is the tradition or legacy from the ancestor.