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Is it possible to thermally decompose an indicator like wood in a induction heating container made of stainless steel if the induction frequency is low enough to heat the container about 1000°c.

Would the radiant heat from the steel cause the wood to heat to a point where they could break down and combust?

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  • $\begingroup$ Can you clarify? First of all, the wood doesn't necessarily 'break down' before combustion. Next, the wood is always thermally decomposing, just at a very slow rate. Next, is the container full of normal air? If so, thermal equilibrium rules will cause the wood to burn long before you reach 1200 K . $\endgroup$ – Carl Witthoft Mar 8 '19 at 16:46
  • $\begingroup$ Thank you for the reply, the container would be sealed to be air tight. There would be a little air inside the container but not enough to sustain continued combustion. my concern is that I'm being told that the wood wouldn't break down. The simpler question would be ; can wood be gasified in a sealed metal container with induction heating. I plan to do a few different experiments all with a sealed container; 1. Just regular air at normal pressure, 2. Regular air with the container pressurized, 3. The container is filled with an inert gas such as argon. $\endgroup$ – Theboyboy Mar 9 '19 at 3:02

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