If one were to place water and charcoal into a pressure cooker and set it to the top temperature setting would this produce carbon monxide? I have an experiment I am going to perform to decrease CO...

If one were to place water and charcoal into a pressure cooker and set it to the top temperature setting would this produce carbon monxide? I have an experiment I am going to perform to decrease CO affinity for hemglobin, I of course need to make the CO in order to test this. I need to take several steps of precaution when handling this highly toxic gas to prevent knock out and death.

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I don't know that this would produce CO, or if it would produce a solution of carbon, or a suspension of Carbon.  The problem with doing this in a pressure cooker is that the toxic CO will still escape.  The weight still lets steam out, and would probably release CO as well if the proper reaction were to occur. 

The way that CO is usually produced is by incomplete combustion of methane (in natural gas).  If you could set up a bunsen burner to burn in a chamber with insufficient oxygen, and capture it's exhaust gases, that should get you Carbon Monoxide, and lab conditions should enable you to collect the gas safely.  You want the burner to produce a yellow flame (blue is perfect combustion i.e. Carbon Dioxide and water). 

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