OK, I was wandering off down the path of an “old flame” of “gasogen” creation. It’s one of my “someday” projects. To make a “gizmo” that will turn wood chips and old paper / trash into burnable gas. This can be used for many things, from heating a home to running a forge to ‘process heat’ for making things to even running a car.
During the various world wars, many vehicles were converted to run on wood chips. Some were factory made that way. Notice the wood loading ‘hatch’ in the bonnet of this car:
(It would be much harder to do this today due to smog laws that make changing your vehicle a criminal act. Another reason to keep those old jallopies around for tinkering as they are subject to different laws ;-)
There is even a company that is making an ‘open source’ Gasifier Kit for folks who are interested, but do not particularly want to start from scrap iron and fundamental design:
So I’m wandering around their web site, thinking how this reminds me a lot of the Geeks-R-Us aspect of the Linux community and just bypassing that whole industrial control freaks money grubbing powermongers culture… when I stumble on this video.
A video of “Chemical Geeks” at play. The kind of thing I’ve done (though what I’ve done was on a smaller scale and not involving wood gas). And it warms my heart to see it. “Kids” just deciding to do a little playing around with some 1940′s tech and make a little “DIY” synthetic fuels factory… but upgraded with computer controls and new millenium materials.
Yes, you too can make gasoline and Diesel in the privacy of your own garage from lawn clippings and wood chips. Just don’t tell the fire marshal, your neighbors, or your insurance company 8-)
I love these folks. I positively do. I wonder if they need an ‘old guy’ to hang around and polish things…
Now if only I had a cabin in the woods with 20 acres of trees… Though I refuse to grow a beard or get a body piercing.
A tatoo, maybe… 9-)