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Old 12-05-2014, 07:02 AM   #15
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Carbon monoxide poisoning devastates Rice Lake Township family | Duluth News Tribune
The generator was in an enclosed area under the trailer, but wasn't running when emergency responders arrived. It's possible (and I speculate here) that the generator choked itself off when there wasn't even enough oxygen left under the trailer to support combustion.

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Old 12-05-2014, 08:07 AM   #16
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That was a case of 100% chance of CO poisoning. I remember a while back that kid who was the star of Buckwild and some of his relatives got a truck stuck in the mud and kept racing the engine to get out and they all three died of CO poisoning. CO takes the place of O2 in your red blood cells. It eventually will saturate your blood cells and you won't be able to absorb any O2 into your blood. Some of you may remember the movie COMA back in the 70's and evil doctors were using CO to put patients in COMAS so they could use them as organ donors. It makes the blood bright red just like O2.


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Old 12-05-2014, 11:13 AM   #17
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What a shame this had to happen... And now, we all need to be more mindful of this "sneaky" danger which so often overcomes people who are already in bed...
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Old 12-05-2014, 02:23 PM   #18
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When working my 1958 Caravanner up from "tabula rasa" I used a cylindrical wood/coal "Military Stove" ($60). Following lessons of my state of the art home furnace I moved my tail lights to the bumper and one original 4" tail light opening in the skin is combustion air input and the other is grill exhaust output driven by a 4" turbo fan powered by a rooftop Dutch wind vane w/ wooden gears. Military stove was made air tight and vents into the 4" pipe thru aft roof vent. Stove has 2 stage hydronic coils i.e. first coil is 5/8" schedule K roll soft copper and the second for radiant heat exchangers ( both 1/50 HP pumps powered by the wind vane energy stored in twin 100 pint water storage vessels suspended - as in grandfather clock weights which drop.) As water is consumed it is replaced by wood, or coal or canned goods. 4400 watt dual fuel A frame mounted generator has vertical pipe exhausting above roof. When necessary I can provide 40,000 Btus of interior carbon monoxide free energy. Cost $400. $100,000K+ Airstreams are Model T Fords!!!

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