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    Hello everyone, first of all I want you to know that all I'm gonna ask is for full research and experiment objectives, that being said here comes the question:Is it possible to generate CO out of charcoal without a grill in a closed space? (Like cooking pots, or similar) Or is it necessary to have a grill? Does it generates enough to get rid of pests like rats?Thanks for your time.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Godarth View Post
    Hello everyone, first of all I want you to know that all I'm gonna ask is for full research and experiment objectives, that being said here comes the question:Is it possible to generate CO out of charcoal without a grill in a closed space? (Like cooking pots, or similar) Or is it necessary to have a grill? Does it generates enough to get rid of pests like rats?Thanks for your time.
    My understanding is that if you burn charcoal in the presence of insufficient oxygen to oxidise it completely to CO2, you will indeed generate CO.
    I would not advise DIY attempts to make CO in quantities sufficient to kill pests. CO is colourless and odourless and consequently very dangerous stuff, unless you can be absolutely sure the gas will not get near any human habitation.


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    Quote Originally Posted by exchemist View Post
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    Hello everyone, first of all I want you to know that all I'm gonna ask is for full research and experiment objectives, that being said here comes the question:Is it possible to generate CO out of charcoal without a grill in a closed space? (Like cooking pots, or similar) Or is it necessary to have a grill? Does it generates enough to get rid of pests like rats?Thanks for your time.
    My understanding is that if you burn charcoal in the presence of insufficient oxygen to oxidise it completely to CO2, you will indeed generate CO.
    I would not advise DIY attempts to make CO in quantities sufficient to kill pests. CO is colourless and odourless and consequently very dangerous stuff, unless you can be absolutely sure the gas will not get near any human habitation.
    How much coal generates too much CO or just a small amount could generate a lot of it?
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    It doesn't take a lot of CO to kill humans, even parts per million concentrations can be dangerous. Also it is not a good rodent killer, small animals are less susceptible to CO poisoning as they are small enough for oxygen diffusion into their bodies to help them counter it. Just go and buy some rat poison.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Godarth View Post
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    Hello everyone, first of all I want you to know that all I'm gonna ask is for full research and experiment objectives, that being said here comes the question:Is it possible to generate CO out of charcoal without a grill in a closed space? (Like cooking pots, or similar) Or is it necessary to have a grill? Does it generates enough to get rid of pests like rats?Thanks for your time.
    My understanding is that if you burn charcoal in the presence of insufficient oxygen to oxidise it completely to CO2, you will indeed generate CO.
    I would not advise DIY attempts to make CO in quantities sufficient to kill pests. CO is colourless and odourless and consequently very dangerous stuff, unless you can be absolutely sure the gas will not get near any human habitation.
    How much coal generates too much CO or just a small amount could generate a lot of it?
    How long is a piece of string?

    By the way, just to add to the hazards, CO is inflammable (potentially explosive) as well. In fact it used to be a major component of the old "town gas" (coal gas) that we used when I was a child, before natural gas became prevalent. It was CO that enabled domestic gas to be used for suicide.
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