"The fire – which we have used in our homes for over 400,000 years – remains the most versatile and sustainable household technology that humanity has ever known." "...how do open hearths and .modern energy services – including those based on renewable energy sources – actually compare in terms of efficiency, sustainability, health and safety? What are we really saying when we argue that electricity or gas are “better” than a traditional fire?" lowtechmagazine.com/2019/12/to

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"Even without taking into account the extra resources needed to build the appliances and the infrastructures, energy use in the pre-industrial household seems to have been significantly lower than it is today. In fact, a quick calculation reveals that – at least in theory – 10 billion people using an open hearth as their only energy source would be a perfectly sustainable practice."
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