This is part of a project to take care of the entire homestead. I have access to a smaller generator to play with until I get the hang of clean gas. I don’t know if it’s treasonous to mention a different gasifier but, I’m building two of these Peterson designed gasifiers. When I was looking for a good design Peterson’s name kept coming up and after I dug into his design it looked like a winner. He warns that this particular design is difficult to make workable with smaller one and two cylinder engines but perfect for large two (or more) cylinder engines.
He does some Youtube videos with what looks like large V twins turning the generator and says that you can expect to get anywhere from four to eight hour runtimes depending on the engine size. More if you attach an added feed hopper.
I figure with two gasifiers plumbed into a single supply line I can keep the generator running long enough to charge a battery bank and run everything that will put a serious load on the generator each day (well, machine shop, welder etc). Not everything will need to run on a daily basis but it’s nice to have the ability if needed.
I don’t know if it matters but the owners manual that comes with the genset is Kohler. I’ll be certain to ask the owner about the engine make but, couldn’t this be a Kohler engine? I noticed the stack coming through what appears to be a water jacket and it never occurred to me that it could be a marine engine.
I’ve owned two vehicles with Ford inline 300 engines and, to be honest, this engine looks to me to be about 2/3rds the size of a 300. But, I could be wrong. The engine on the genset looks to be even smaller than a 250 C.I. Ford engine in an old Falcon I owned and it was rated at around 155 HP. It will interesting to see what is powering it.
One of the things I liked about the Peterson design is a programmable throttle control you can add on that helps marry the gasifier to an engine where the power demands really swing up and down.
What about the conversion from natural gas to wood gas? What’s involved going from natural to wood gas? I realize that I’ll be giving up some power but if I can maintain 75% of the rated output of the generator I’ll still be in tall cotton for everything I need.
Any threads you can recommend to spare your time would be appreciated. I hate asking questions that have already been answered or worse, I’m the 100th guy you’ve answered the same question for. I do appreciate your help and advice!