I have pondered the idea of the total btu release from gasoline or propane being ignited by spark or burnt in flame. It seems to me to use an internal combustion engine to create both torque and heat would be superior to simply burning it. The torque energy could power alternators, generators, and compressors. The radiator could be replaced by circulating hot water into a radiant slab, the engine heat from the manifold could be cooled immersing that in water also. There need not be any btu's escaping unharnessed. Is this a good idea or am I missing something? What would the net btu utilization be compared to a furnace or boiler? A horizontally opposed two cylinder engine like the old Subarus may work best?
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