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The chemistry of wood burning

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by DeanBrown3D, Nov 22, 2006.

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  1. DeanBrown3D

    DeanBrown3D New Member

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    Anyone know anything about the combustibles that are expelled from wood as it heats up? I mean, are there predominantly alcohols, aromatic hydrocarbons, straight chain hydrocarbons, something else? As fresh wood is burned one can see the flammable vapors being given out, and at some point they are all gone and there is only hot charcoal (mainly carbon) left, but I'd be interested in knowing what's happening in my fireplace before that stage.

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  2. wg_bent

    wg_bent Minister of Fire

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    Do a google on wood gasification. You'll find out more than you ever wanted on the subject.
  3. Corey

    Corey Minister of Fire

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    We just had a pretty good post on this a few weeks ago, may search around here, too.

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