Carbon Monoxide And Stoves

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  1. Cookie

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    Here is an interesting read that I stumbled upon on the web. I searched the forum and did not see this listed anywhere. If it is listed on the CSS site feel free to delete this thread. Thanks.

    FAQ - Carbon Monoxide and Stoves
     
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    An interesting read , especially when the pans were lifted. Good to know. I have never cooked in a tent, more reasons not to.
    Cheers
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    @kerophile There we go. Once again Kerophile shows me the error of my ways :lol:. I wonder why it didn't show up when I searched for the title or the link on the CCS forum ?

    @Robert Bruce I have never used a stove in a tent either and definitely will not after reading this
     
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    Hi @Cookie No error on your part.
    Your post is a timely reminder on a threat that is always present with the operation of stoves in an enclosed environment.
    Best Regards,
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    Yes, a timely reminder.

    As I recall MSR raised the XGK pot stands to reduce CO after this information came out. It reduced the efficiency of the stove, but MSR accepted that.
     
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    @kerophile No problem man. I was only poking fun at you :lol:
     
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    The issue of too little separation between the burner top and bottom of pan does seem to be the main issue affecting the level of CO produced by stoves.
    This is another good reason to use copper coil bottom kettles, especially indoors. Not only engineered to capture more heat and boil faster, but, by raising the main center section of the kettle bottom well above the burner, less CO too - win-win:D/
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    Just a word of caution - pots with heat exchangers (like in the image below) radically increase the CO emissions, even though the centre is elevated compared to a flat bottom pot. The reason is that the additional surface area of the pot's heat exchanger cools down the flame and distorts combustion so it is less complete. It's true they increase efficiency by some 20-30% but this is at the expense of higher CO, so strictly for outdoor use is my advise.

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