Developing Countries and the Increasing Use of LPG for Cooking

Developing Countries and the Increasing Use of LPG for Cooking

More than 40 percent of the world’s population is still using solid fuels and kerosene for cooking. The burning of these kinds of fuels has deleterious economic, health, and environmental effects. Every year up to four million people die prematurely from the effects of household air pollution caused by cooking with solid fuels. In addition, the use of these fuels imposes massive economic costs: 

“Household air pollution in low- and middle-income countries caused an estimated $1.52 trillion in economic losses and $94 billion in lost labor income in 2013” (World Bank 2016). 

In areas where wood fuels are mainly used for cooking, such as in and around urban centers, solid fuels can also cause forest loss and degradation. Therefore, it is imperative that clean cooking fuels be adopted.

One of the most viable solutions to this problem is Liquified Petroleum aka LPG. 

LPG has a plethora of benefits which can be a life-changing experience for cooking. It’s good for your health, your kitchen, and our environment. 

Here is an overview of the benefits of this exceptional fuel.

Better Control 

In addition to offering better control of overcooking, LPG is easy to control with instant on and off activation. Moreover, by adjusting the intensity/size of the visible blue flame, it’s easy to adjust the required rate of heating, making it possible to cook at the perfect temperature.

You Can Cook Fast 

Due to its high calorific value, LPG can cook faster than any other fuel. It has a high energy efficiency: about 8 – 9 times that of fuelwood. LPG would substantially reduce the need for wood – 45 kg of LPG would provide the thermic energy of about half a ton of wood.

Low Kitchen Temperature & Eco-friendly 

Unlike other cooking devices, LPG stoves produce less heat, so your kitchen temperature is not affected. LPG has a clean emission profile and low sulfur content. According to the global burden of disease studies, 

cooking with LPG is taken as the feasible counterfactual level of pollution because it is usually the first clean fuel consumers use when they move away from biomass.”


Compared to other conventional fuels, LPG is more economical. LPG stoves and burners require less maintenance as compared to other cooking forms.

Final Verdict!

Summing it up, there is no denying that LPG is one of the best and most viable options when it comes to choosing the safest and most convenient fuel for cooking. 

The benefits of using this fuel in developing countries are unmatchable. So, go for it once and experience the difference yourself.