Imagine I have this make-believe psionic microbe-or-something that feeds off of the heat energy from combustion.
And let's say that this new fire radiates cold instead of hot.
The big problem with this is that combustion requires heat to maintain itself. So how can this happen?
I've thought of two potential solutions:
- The microbe surrounds the flame, absorbing all of the heat and the heat nearby, essentially creating a "cold bubble". Heat exists on the inside of the "bubble", but not on the outside, so that the combustion cycle continues unhindered.
- The microbe sits within the flame, absorbs the heat, and its byproducts from this mystery process are able to maintain the combustion process without heat.
Which of these are plausible? And is there another possibility that still fits the theme of a microorganism absorbing fire and instead making it cold?