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What are the byproducts of burning alcohols? Answered

I would like to know because I test my alcohol stoves in my garage. I know burning anything produces corbon monoxide.

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KitemanBest Answer (author)2009-02-24

If there is adequate ventilation, alcohols burn to produce only water vapour and carbon dioxide. Carbon monoxide is only produced if there is not enough oxygen-supply for complete combustion.

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arefiq (author)2009-02-26

yes i agree with kiteman. Carbon monoxide is only produced if there is not enough oxygen-supply for complete combustion. if the flame is blue, and little red flame it means it burns completely. and only produce water and carbon dioxide as the by product. some may not burns completely like a bigger/ longer chain of hydrocarbon. but usually alcohol burns completely with blue flame as it is one of the simple hydrocarbon molecule. ethanol also a type of alcohol. but most of industrial ethanol containing some poisonous impurities to prevent anyone to drink it. as ethanol is used in liquor. that means.. maybe it can produce some poisonous gas when burns.(but not lethal in small amount) but other type alcohol cannot be drink of ingested. they are all poisonous. ex. methanol if ingested may cause blind but methanol burns clean, blue flame and completely. hope that will help. well, have a nice day.

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