Originally Posted by stratslinger
I definitely have a CO detector in the basement - is this the same as a CO monitor?
Part of what I'm looking for is whether or not there exist options that would not generate excessive amounts of CO - I mean, gas cooking ranges aren't really considered CO hazards, are they? Though, at the same time, I don't imagine a gas range would be really capable of bringing a full 6 or 7 gallons of wort to a boil...
Asuming there are no low-CO options available, are there any decent DIY options for ventilation that I could run out a basement window? I already expect to have to vent steam in such a manner, I could always extend some ductwork for CO collection, right?
Right. The difference between a cooktop and a brewing rig is the BTU's you're dealing with. My cooktop, for example, has a 16k-20k (I forget exactly) BTU burner as it's largest one. The LP burner I now use to brew with is 150k BTU. Therefore, the burner generates alot more CO than the cooktop.
You're also right in regards to ventilation. You'll need to figure out a way to move enough air to sweep out the excess CO. (Think something similar to a vent hood).
Sorry I can't be more specific. I thought about this for myself a couple years ago and never came up with a solution that was both safe and cost-effective. I resigned to brewing outdoors when weather permits.