Good.Good. To hear of your use-wood-for-power experiences Allen.
I too about 10-12 years ago wanted to expand out my use-knowledge from just heat making to power shaft making with wood.
Ha! Kinnda’ stalled myself for a year or two trying to gasify stove lengths of “stick-wood”. Can be done. But a pita to have to always on-hands keep the created char stack compacted with no internal smoke by-passing voids. Couple of limb knots sections can stick-wood gasifing mess up the whole process.
Concede and accept to having to pre-chunk process the bulk wood for internal flows and control and then it all becomes so much easier.
In this last 10-12 years corresponding and even doing quite a bit of traveling in WA, OR, CA, ID and even western MT to help out; exchange and learn; I have formed definite opinions on who will; or will not, make it.
Only some artists types ever make it.
Only some very professional welder/fabricators ever make it.
A higher percentage of woodworkers makes it.
A higher percentage of forester types makes it.
Very, very few hobbists/hot-rodder types ever make it to done, working, usable. Done-working, then game over??
Almost none of the save-the-world, esoteric types makes it.
Almost none of the brainaic, maths-centic types makes it to done and working. Talk. Talk. Talk. Calculate. Recalculate, endlessly.
And oddly to me only a very few engine guys ever makes it.
Lack of respect for the wood.
A good woodstover learns to respect the wood for the life it allows him/her and their families. Wood fuels are not a “waste”. Not a consumable “found”. Not a pizza, eat and gone. Not a craft bottle of wine or beer. Consumed. Criticize. Go find, more-better.
Wood fuels are a blessing given to us to use, respectfully.
And only those who have learned to grant respect can ever have grace and peace. Become settled and happy.
Ha! Ha! Having learned in woodgasifiaction to mange the glowing woodchar stack thermal-chemical reduction section; and ranges of needed heats zones management; I now woodstove using 30-50% less overall wood. I can now use much wetter wood. And this year I celebrate 20 years NOT having to soots/tars/creosote clean out my 16 foot high wood stove chimney.
Keep on with the getting on, man.
tree-farmer Steve Unruh