We are becoming far more conscious as a collective worldwide about the choices that we make in terms of energy sources. We’ve become accustomed to turning out the lights when we’re not in a room to reduce the use of our electricity, making sure our homes are properly insulated to require less heating – and less heat escaping, and even installing solar panels to help offset our gas hot water systems throughout the day.
There are many different energy sources that we can use for a number of different situations. When it comes to cooking, we have a few different options, electric, gas, wood, or charcoal. This is especially true when we are having a BBQ – one of our favourite Aussie past times.
Cooking with wood as your energy source may seem archaic – after all, that’s what our ancestors were cooking with hundreds of thousands of years ago back in caveman times! – however, that doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s a poor choice today.
For one, wood is a renewable energy source. If we chop down trees to stoke a fire, then we can plant more in their place. The more trees that we plant, the better off the world is. Natural gas, on the other hand, is a fossil fuel. There is a limited amount of natural gas that exists in the world, and once it’s gone we can’t just “plant” anymore.
There’s also the issue of cost. Gas can get very expensive when used regularly. This is why many people like to consider other options for heating, etc. With wood, the price is considerably lower, if you get your wood from a reputable place, or have enough wood on your property yourself.
While the smoke from wood-fired cooking can be a concern for the environment, many wood-fired cookers are designed specifically to reduce the amount of toxic smoke that enters into the air. This way you can feel safe in the knowledge that its burning wood in the most environmentally friendly manner possible.
There are many cooking ovens, like wood-fired pizza ovens, that are designed specifically for maximum wood burning efficiency. This isn’t to say that you can just set it and let it go. In any type of wood cooking, you’ll need to keep a close eye on the fire and keep it tended well. This way, it’ll burn the most efficiently. If you’re cooking with wood, you’ll want to pay as much attention to your fire as you do to your food itself!
While it’s unlike that you’ll use wood cooking in the kitchen – that’s the realm of electric or gas cooking – when you’re outside you do have a much greater choice. If you’re planning on putting in a BBQ or fire pit, then you’ll have the option of using gas or wood. Depending on the setup, one may be a more preferable fit than the other. Some may get gas lines fitted to outside fixtures, or simply use gas bottles. For others, it’s a wood fit out.
People still use wood fire stoves in their homes instead of gas for good reason – because it ends up costing a lot less. This is the main argument for choosing wood cookers over gas cookers, too. People also say that you get a more smoky, delicious smell if you use a wood fire to cook with instead of gas.
In this day and age, we should all be thinking about our use of energy – not only its effects on the environment but also the effects on our bills, too! We might simply look at the cost of a cooker and think “Wow, that’s cheap, I’m going to buy that!”, without thinking about the ongoing costs involved, In fact, if you make a snap decision such as this, then you might find that you hardly get any use out of your cooker at all. This is what they call a recipe for disaster!
No matter which choice you make for your cooking stove, electric, gas, or wood, make sure to carefully consider each one to ensure you’re making an informed decision. The more informed you are about your purchases that will last for many, many years, the more likely you are to use them again and again, rather than just having them gather dust in the corner.
Consider using wood instead of gas for your cooking for a more economical fit for your household, and ensure that you’re purchasing wood from a sustainable source for when you’re fuelling your fire.