Wood gas generators and their uses (modern and historic)

Keith44
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Wood gas generators and their uses (modern and historic)

Unread post by Keith44 » Tue May 17, 2016 7:03 pm

I've been thinking off and on for a few years now about trying to build one of these to run an electric generator. It seems to me that if the grid failed gasoline would be in very short supply. This old technology of extracting a fuel from wood that can run an internal combustion engine seems like something everyone should at least be aware of. Imagine having working lights, water pumps, refrigerator, freezer, heck even a microwave while the grid is down. I plan to continue to investigate this, and would like to think I will build a working prototype soon.

http://soilandhealth.org/wp-content/upl ... oodgas.pdf

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wood_gas_generator

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Re: Wood gas generators and their uses (modern and historic)

Unread post by Farmfresh » Tue May 17, 2016 7:06 pm

Why not just go with a straight steam engine? I think those could be directly wood fired.
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Re: Wood gas generators and their uses (modern and historic)

Unread post by Keith44 » Tue May 17, 2016 7:40 pm

this could also power a steam engine by capturing the heat with a water coil. The woodgas generator can power existing engines so no extra costs, and it uses less wood to produce the same BTU potential of fuel.

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Re: Wood gas generators and their uses (modern and historic)

Unread post by Farmfresh » Tue May 17, 2016 7:45 pm

Keith44 wrote: and it uses less wood to produce the same BTU potential of fuel.
OK. That might be a good reason all by itself.
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