In this question, I asked about using living things as power sources for metabolism-based magic, and concluded that yeast (most likely bred specifically for the purpose) seem like a good candidate for the purpose.
I'm using a human (1 kW peak, 300 W mean) as a rough measure. I figure yeast are not as efficient as mammals, and as a very gross estimate, I am guessing that you would need 3-10 m³ of tankage (the volume of the yeast's environment, not just the yeast themselves) to equal one human... but I really have no clue how accurate this is.
How much energy per unit of volume could such yeast plausibly produce? In particular, I'm interested in what improvement is plausible over "natural" yeast, given that yeast will be bred specifically for this purpose. (For example, we want it to produce heat as efficiently as possible for the "food" we give it, while we don't care about producing alcohol or gasses. We'd probably want greater heat resistance also, but a production system could incorporate active cooling.)
p.s. It would be great to know both overall density, and also density per square meter under the assumption that all the energy generation happens in ~1 m of height with unlimited height above that for supporting equipment. For both cases, assume that "food" is tanked somewhere else. For the latter case, you may also assume that large, remotely located heat exchangers are available.
Edit: As AlexP points out in the comments, yeast and humans are comparable at the cellular level. What I'm really asking is how densely you can pack a yeast colony before overwhelming the necessary support infrastructure. For example, the density of yeast in a beer bottle or a loaf of bread is pretty low, but needs essentially no support machinery, whereas a human body is much more dense but has additional space and "equipment" dedicated to waste (both heat and chemical) management. So, really, what I'm asking is how dense can you pack yeast before you can't keep it alive, keeping in mind that the equipment to do so is also going to take up space.