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producer gas

noun
1.
a gas composed of carbon monoxide, hydrogen, and nitrogen, obtained by passing air and steam through incandescent coke: used as an industrial fuel, in certain gas engines, and in the manufacture of ammonia.
Also called air gas.
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1890-1895
1890-95
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producer gas

noun
1.
a mixture of carbon monoxide and nitrogen produced by passing air over hot coke, used mainly as a fuel Also called air gas See also water gas
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producer gas

mixture of flammable gases (principally carbon monoxide and hydrogen) and nonflammable gases (mainly nitrogen and carbon dioxide) made by the partial combustion of carbonaceous substances, usually coal, in an atmosphere of air and steam. Producer gas has lower heating value than other gaseous fuels, but it can be manufactured with relatively simple equipment; it is used mainly as a fuel in large industrial furnaces.

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