Thanks everyone, much appreciated.
There’s a lot of questions here so I’ll just run through from the start. We started having power cuts a couple of months back (the first being on our wedding day which we hosted at home!!). Since then we’ve had several, including one that lasted over 24hours. I decided at this plaint I’d like to be less dependent on the power grid (I hadn’t even heard of gasification at this point).
I did some research and found that this was the best (in a way perfect) route for me to take. In regards to fuel, I run a furniture business from home and produce 20kg+ of wood daily (this is all kiln dried to around 15%), the gasifier it’s self has been built to handle slightly larger than average fuel (2/3” blocks) so cutting it down/chunking isnt a problem.
Now that electricity prices are rising id like to run the gasifier though most of day and then switch to grid on a night. Our electric costs currently are around £400 a month and are set to double shortly!
We do have the standard house hold appliances, kettle, dish washer, washing machine, dryer. We’re replacing what we can with low wattage or just more energy efficient versions to help with the load. The overall plan to keep the load low is to become more energy conscious (only using a few things at a time through the whole of the day).
I’m very hands on so upkeep of the generator shouldn’t be too much of a problem, I have a friend that worked with generators commercially for 10-15 years so getting the information I need in regards to repair and upkeep shouldn’t be an issue.
The gasifier I’ve built also gives us hot water (via a copper coil in the first cooling chamber, which we’re tapping in to the central heating to reduce on heating/oil costs.
To summarise I suppose the plan is to reduce our electricity cost as much as we can for around 12 hours per day and give us a fall back incase of power cuts.
In regards to batteries, I’ve been looking at home batteries which take and give 220v, so I’m guessing I wouldn’t need an inverter as such. I’ve just been struggling to get the right information on how they actually work but the information above is great. Budget wise, we are on a budget but obviously it can be changed when taking in to account the life span and efficiency of the set up. Ideally for the first generator we’d spend around £1000-£1500 (in case we break it!). The battery I’m hoping around £2000-£3000 but this may not be realistic as I’m not 100% sure on costs of the full system.
Again, thanks for the input, it’s all very much appreciated.