Anytime there is incomplete combustion of a carbon
containing fuel, there will be carbon monoxide. If
you get a third degree burn, I'm sure there will be
some carbon monoxide produced because, I would hope
that, you are a carbon based life form.
Anything that burns and produces smoke generates carbon monoxide,
including tobacco, wood, gas stoves, etc. If adequate oxygen is
available more CO2 is generated than CO. These two compounds are in
equalibrium, so you should still have proper venting, at least in
Something else to consider - how will the wood burning device be installed?
Where will it's air supply come from? Where will it's exhaust go? I haven't
bothered to install an outdoor air supply kit to my wood stove, so it draws
air for combustion from my front room, causing equal volumes of outside air
to enter the house. It exhaust through a well maintained chimney, and I run
it hot. It's a Quadrafire, which are designed to inject air into the top of
the combustion chamber to further reduce emmissions. The only time I'm
likely to get any CO inside the house would be if the chimney plugged, the
fire is smoldering, or the wind is such that it blows smoke down the
chimney. My CO detector has never gone off. I burn the stove all day, every
I have seen any stats, but I suspect that wood stoves are not a major
contributor to CO in the house.
Nuclear fusion would be a better choice. Hydrogen in, helium out. At least
until the helium increase in the atmosphere triggers an ice age. Then we
would go back to burning fossil fuel like crazy to bring back global warming
Not with our current technology. We need a better energy source, one that
doesn't produce heat or water or CO2 or radioactive materials as a
byproduct. But the environmental extremists don't want hydro or wind power,
or even wave energy. Burning coal or gas to produce electricity is just
plain stupid. Nuclear fission leaves a lot of nasty dangerous byproducts. We
don't really have anything that works good and that everyone is happy with.
I wish there was a way to turn stupidity into
electrical energy. "Dumb Ass Power", what a
concept. The human race is plagued by stupidity
and a way to it into electricity would be quite
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