Gas Heating Stove

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Is it safe to run the gas stove to heat my apartment till I fix the heater?

STOP, before you do anything, you should know that it is a really bad idea and why. The substances produced by perfect combustion of natural gas(methane) or propane are water vapor and carbon dioxide. Combustion of fuel also consumes oxygen as it is an essential ingredient of the burning process. Also, the gases produced by the combustion will displace breathable air containing the oxygen needed for you to stay alive, but that is the least of your worries. CO2 is a chemical that is a nature product of metabolizing food for energy and it is expelled from the body by exhaled breath. CO2 quickly accumulates to toxic levels in the body if not continuously purged through breathing. low oxygen, high CO2 air caused by the stove can cause you to lose consciousness and even kill you.

Another, even more dangerous chemical that is produced by combustion of hydro-carbons is carbon-monoxide CO. This gas is highly toxic and it does not take a very high concentration to pose a serious health hazard(less than 100 parts per million). It inhibits the ability of cells to utilize oxygen and it binds with hemoglobin much more readily than oxygen(200-250 times more). CO is also a mechanism for neurological damage, actually, there isn’t really any body tissue that it doesn’t hurt. Many of the body’s workhorse molecules(enzymes) are rendered useless by CO interrupting cell function. It also causes bad oxidation damage to cells.

Anyway, I can’t explain all of it here, but trust me when I say it is bad.

Don’t use the gas stove or anything else that introduces combustion exhaust to the air you breathe, especially in a confined environment like an apartment.

ELECTRIC space heaters or similar devices that do not rely on burning any type of fuel to provide heat, are the best solution to keep you warm until the furnace is repaired. They are readily available and easy to find if you know where to look. Home improvement stores like Lowes, Home Depot, Ace Hardware, etc….and they may even be found at stores like Wal-Mart, Target, Sears…..DON’T BURN ANYTHING INDOORS TO PROVIDE HEAT!!! Take care of yourself and I wish you well, Jack of Hearts

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