Angithi

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An angithi (Hindustani: अंगीठी or انگیٹھی) is a traditional brazier used for space-heating and cooking in the northern areas of South Asia, mainly in India, Pakistan and Nepal.[1] Angithis usually generate heat from burning coal and, when in use, have glowing coal or charcoal pieces but few or no flames.[2]

Kanger[edit]

A smaller, and more decorative, version of the angithi called the kanger or kangri is employed for personal use in Kashmir.[3]

Hazards[edit]

Despite public health warnings, angithis are often used in enclosed spaces to maximize heating, resulting in deaths from carbon monoxide poisoning in the region.[4] Public authorities and mass media in the region often exhort people not to use angithis or bukharis in closed rooms.[5]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Flora Annie Steel; Grace Gardiner; Ralph Crane, The Complete Indian Housekeeper and Cook, Oxford University Press, 2010, ISBN 978-0-19-955014-2, ... angethi/angithi a brazier-like stove ...
  2. ^ AK Srivastva, Chemistry, FK Publications, ISBN 978-81-88597-02-4, ... you will observe the coal or charcoal in an 'angithi' sometimes just glows red and gives out heat without a flame. It is because a flame is only produced when gaseous substances burn ...
  3. ^ V.N. Kakar, Over a Cup of Coffee, Pustak Mahal, 2005, ISBN 978-81-223-0916-4, ... this kangri (small earthen angithi) ...
  4. ^ Eight asphyxiated to death in Haryana, NDTV, January 10, 2011, ... Eight people were killed over the weekend due to suffocation caused by carbon monoxide gas in different parts of Haryana when they resorted to lighting angithi fire ...
  5. ^ Speaking of Child Care: Discover the Joy of Motherhood, Sterling Publishers Pvt. Ltd, 2007, ISBN 978-81-207-3572-9, ... Suffocation This situation usually develops when the child is exposed to excessive carbon monoxide in a closed room with a bukhari (sort of heating arrangement in very cold places such as Kashmir and Shimla) ...