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Fuel for cooking and heating: Charcoal

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CHCHARCOAL indicates whether the household uses charcoal for cooking and heating.

The information in CHCHARCOAL is taken from the household record and applies to household residents, not temporary visitors. Researchers may wish to exclude visitors using the HHRESIDENT variable when household members are the unit of analysis and using the RESIDENT variable when women, children, and births are the unit of analysis.


CHCHARCOAL has no comparability problems.

Comparability - Standard DHS

CHCHARCOAL is a country-specific household variable not included in the standard DHS questionnaire.


  • India 1998: Ever-married women age 15-49.
  • India: 1998-C, 1998-B, 1998-H, 1998-W