After putting everything back together, we did a test run on the new gasifier / generator setup.
Previous to now, we have only placed comparatively light loads on the generator.
But Hoss wanted to try hooking up our Miller 211 MIG welder to it.
Frankly, I was skeptical. We have previously tried to run this welder on a Honewell 5500 watt generator, and on a brand new Generac 6500 watt indistrial grade generator. Neither of these generators would pull the load.
So, we got a big surprise when Hoss plugged the welder into the new generator It welded pretty good. You could tell it was pulling it down a little bit when he was welding a continuous bead, but it was never enough to bog the engine out.
Very surprising. By my calculations, I did not expect to be making more than about 5,000 watts with this setup on charcoal gas (even though the gen is rated at 7,200 continuous and 10K peak).
Anyway, we were very pleased with these results.
After about 35 minutes of welding, the bottom of the gasifier barrel started getting very hot, to the point where it was glowing red and smoking. I also thought I could see a corona of hot gas protruding from the air intake port. At this point, we thought it prudent to shut everything down.
I am assuming that this is because we were pulling on the gasifier and generator much harder than we ever have before, but I am not sure.
Anyway, I will post some video when I get it edited.