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    hydrogen furnace

    can a furnace run on hydrogen gas,if so how do i go about doing this.

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    At this time, no.

    And if it could.
    This is not a DIY site, so we wouldn't tell you anyway.
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    nice

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    It's a nice thought though, I'm sure someday someone will design a unit to run off of it

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    hydrogen furnace

    i guess i will go to anther site then

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    Hydrogen is a really small atom...the smallest one actually. Natural gas is mostly Methane, a molecule with a molecular weight about 16x that of Hydrogen. Guess which will leak easier.

    Hydrogen mixed with air burns about 600F hotter than Natural gas....easily deforming & melting parts designed for a natural gas flame.

    On a volume basis, Hydrogen yields 325 Btu/cuft, while methane yields 1008 Btu/cuft. Your hydrogen would need to be stored and delivered at a much higher pressure through the same size pipes, and orifices.....again leaking more.

    Still modifying your furnace?

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    Heat and Glo built a hydrogen fireplace, in order to be mass produced it would have a msrp of about 100K
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    Wow there is one. Too funny...

    Creates 31,000 BTU. Requires 1/2 Gallons water / hour... oh and a 220 VAC 60A circuit.

    Lets say it draws 44A @ 220 VAC = 9680 Watts = 32912 BTU spent making hydrogen for a return of about equal BTU's of heat from the flame. Oh..and you pay a sewage fee for the water this thing vaporizes.

    I could see tree huggers taking home equity loans to upgrade to one of these, only so a coal burning plant has to be fired up for the 44A to power the hydrogen furnace.

    100% efficient. Clever marketing.

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    Like 100% of all hydrogen powered devices currently in existence, more energy would be consumed creating the hydrogen than would be recovered as heat from burning the hydrogen.
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