That was the title of a presentation at Mother Earth News Fair in Topeka Oct 24, 2015.
It was great visiting with Tom from NE there. Woodgassers are just good guys, what can we say ;~)
My plan was to fabricate and fire up everything needed to power a home scale generator in the 8 hours leading up to the presentation of the results. 8AM to 4PM do it, 4-5 present the results.
We were stuck indoors so instead of actually firing anything up, just went through the motions. The process is to make a TLUD the first hour, fire it, build a simple-fire and hook it up while the TLUD is making char. Then dump the TLUD charcoal into the simple-fire, pull the start cord, and voila, home power.
The idea sprouted when a kid walking by a clean kiln demo at an expo said his stove could charge his cell phone. I told him after a few runs, my charcoal kiln could power my house. The kid didn’t show up when I proved my point at the end of the expo. But several other people who had overhead the conversation did, and were amazed. But they still didn’t “get it”, how simple char-gas can be.
A Mother Earth News article a whole lot of years ago was my first introduction to the possibility of powering an engine with wood, so when they asked if any wood gassers had something to demo at the Topeka Fair, bingo, the light came on. It was great to have an opportunity to give back.
If you have heard of the Ted Koppel book “Lights Out”, about grid down in US, this was a chance to have some lights go on. It went really well. Thanks to Mother Earth News folks, They are fantastic hosts. Recommend trying to get to TX in Feb if you can and keep showing the better way.
As for fears of lights out from grid down, that is soooo not 21st century. We know it. How many others can we wake up before what Ted says is inevitable, happens?