If you burn charcoal in a closed room, could a lack of oxygen cause the fire to go out?

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  • Mike A
    Lv 7
    4 weeks ago

    Eventually it will go out but if you are in the room with the fire, you would be long dead by then. With a a deficiency of oxygen carbon monoxide is formed but after the atmosphere becomes toxic the fire will continue to burn until the oxygen level falls to about 12-15% when it will go out (air contains about 21% oxygen). 

    • oldprof
      Lv 7
      4 weeks agoReport

      This is the best answer as it recognizes the CO hazard.  That thumbs down has no clue.

  • 4 weeks ago

    If the room is air-tight (which is seldom the case in reality) yes, the fire will go out.

  • Bill-M
    Lv 7
    4 weeks ago

    Yes.  Fire needs THREE things>   Fuel, Heat and Oxygen.  Take away any one of the three and you have NO Fire.

  • Anonymous
    4 weeks ago

    Yes is the short answer.

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  • 4 weeks ago

    Fire needs oxygen to continue to burn. Once all the oxygen is used up the ember will die out. 

  • Henry
    Lv 5
    4 weeks ago

    I don't think it works that way. It creates carbon monoxide, which is deadly and has killed people in garages.

    • Zirp
      Lv 7
      4 weeks agoReport

      Carbonmonoxide-poisoning is not about lack of oxygen in the air. It's a matter of the carbonmonoxide occupying the red bloodcells and blocking them from picking up the oxygen

  • 4 weeks ago

    A tightly sealed room, yes.

  • 4 weeks ago

    Yes.  Eventually the fire will consume all the oxygen in the room and it will go out.

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