Here’s the reply I made to Tom before I realized that it didn’t go to the DOW group:
Thanks for your thoughts, Tom.
Yes, that probably would work, but you MUST dry the chips before storage, and as I have said in the past, the wood must not have been chipped early in the spring. A friend up in Ridgeland had a load of April-cut “power line” chips delivered to his place a couple of years ago. They started to heat and to mold within a week or two. We could only use the outer 3 or 4 inches of chips for woodgas. Luckily for him, they have huge gardens and were able to use the rest of the chips for mulch.
Currently, once I get my smaller batches of chips dry, I put about 40 pounds in a heavy 55 gallon drum liner and toss them into the gravity box that I was talking about.
Lately though, the woodgas thing is on hold, but I hope to get back to it soon.
Because of the woodgas project, I got involved with the “Arduino” when I saw that the GEK folks were using one and that has blossomed into a whole new hobby, including a monthly Arduino group of about a dozen folks.
That, in turn, got some of us buying electronic stuff online, which lead to some interesting cheap induction heating devices and that led to---------
There must be several dozen woodgassers her in Wisconsin. Too bad we all can’t get together from time to time. I think my Ridgeland friend, George Adams, has been over to your part of the state a couple of times for an alternate energy exposition.