Just wanted to give everyone a long overdue thank you for sharing my trucks first start up. I really enjoyed sharing it all with you and appreciate all the compliments etc. I can humbly say I am glad people took the interest they did, not for my sake or ego, but rather that they maybe were inspired, (and I believe many were) As I said I thank everyone, but I especially thank Gary G. first for pushing the issue (way to go Gary! Glad I made your friendship)! Wayne for being daring enough to light a unit he knew zilch about (it could of blew up in our faces littered shrapnel (sp) all over or better yet launched like Sputnick and landed over on the cattle barns) Mike of course for letting me bug him the many times I have on the phone and internet for a couple of years now, and for taking the first ride. (My wife was suppose to get it but she couldn't make it along with me) And Terry G. who has always given me his ear when I bent it.
Just to update I have been very busy since getting home. Had to get my garden in, and my crops planted besides keeping the business going. I did get a chance when I got home to modify my air mixing valve arm, making it longer and thus more responsive for fine tuning. I went to refire the truck, and couldn't keep a flare lit. I then noticed the paint burning off my ash can and smoke coming out the door. So that fancy wrap around door with the destaco clamp latches is going to need an overhaul. Mike L. and I talked and I think we both agree it is just to close to the grate where the hot gas comes off to be tight to the housing like it is. I think what I will do now is make a frame that stands off the main housing 1.5 to 2 inches, flange that and put a boiler type door on that. I think that will help shed the heat better. I can then also put an interior stand off shield on the door also. My fiberglass self adhesive tape impregnated with high temp silicone just didn't "fly" The silicone just melted down, and didn't reharden at all. it is still sticky weeks later. So I think when I get the new door built I will still have to come up with a sealing idea that omits using silicone. Mike asked what brand I used thinking maybe that was the problem. Has anyone noticed some brands are better than others? I used a "Red Devil" brand. Maybe the actual "Permatex" brand is better?
Anyway thanks all again. I wil keep you all posted on progress. I can't wait to take it for a longer ride, and rest assured my "first lady" will get her first woodgas truck ride. Believe me she can't wait!