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House fires produce large amount of CO and CO2 both. The CO is produced due to incomplete burning and is itself a flammable gas. The CO2 produced would depend on the moisture content of the wood before the fire. The wetter the wood, the more CO2 produced. However the beter the fire is able to obtain oxygen in order to keep the free burning process up, the less CO produced. I am sure there are numbers kept from experiments ran by companies and organizations such as the NFPA, etc. May i direct you to the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg,Pa. You may also try some of the International Fire Service Training Association in Norman, Oklahoma, or even your local library, and try to find the latest edition of the NFPA handbook. But I believe the question you ask begs for ideal conditions, something you will nver find in any fire save those done under controlled circumstances, as in Laboratories. I know i have done nothing to answer your question, but perhaps I have put you on a track that may help. You make some estimations. Just keep in mind that in ordinary hous fires, inordinate amoutnts of CO are made due to incomplete combustion. Thanks for your question, Donald E Duggan
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