Hi TomB, Vancouver WA
Why do you need a Mentor?
BenP, now retired and moved on to other things did put the sum of all raw-wood-fuel gasification he had learned in his book system.
Me? Actually local to you. I’m retired too. All of my stuff is dissembled and broadly distributed around the now remaining 8 acres hiding-in-plain sight from the local metals thieves. This is a normal-local, now too-much occurrence. Me, gone for a weekend with the wife and the dogs; they could get a lid, a cooler . . . but never a whole system packed off.
Sad to say other reclusive hill-local folks I have helped and set up all have set aside their systems due to the bottoming of the easy-use pump-fuel prices; versus the sweat labor hours need to keep a wood gasifier system up, and running. And they like I were never ones who encouraged see-me, see-my-stuff, home visits.
Again . . . I’ve actually been tracked down to home by save-the-planet types videoing evangelists; to Nazi-biker meth cookers looking for non-monitored power secrets. Want no more of that nonsense.
BenP allowing this, caused himself some real home-site problems from thieves (materials&intellectual) and stop-efforts types from both ends of the eco/political/social spectrum.
Now on a positive note.
Do Net search up any, and all, video references to Victory Gasifiers.
One will be a youtube video of a PNW suburban fellow who built and was running a BensBook-system fueling a 12 kW home generator.
Other videoed system users too.
Use a V-twin of at least 600-700cc as an absolute minimum for a Ben’s Book system. A three/four cylinder engine would be even easier. Use the wider guideline specs in the 2nd released revised book. The one with the Mustang car on it’s cover.
Those with Ben’sBook system problems are those engine power loading it too lightly. Or, using input fuel stocks other than the chunked up wood fuel it was designed for.
Chris Saenz this sites originator and Administrator has clearly spelled out that this DOW site is open to all systems users types.
You can use the page top tools to search up Small Engines topics for home generator systems; and many specific question things here.
No question will be considered too basic, or stupid.
Real efforts to achieve will be applauded and encouraged on.
To tap into wood-for-shaft-power real experienced users we have all had to throw out a world-wide net as using wood requires sweating a bunch. Blackened hands and skull sweat too when it quits producing on a weekly basis.
Pump/dino fuels are just a phone call/credit card away for instant make-power gratification. Make these work Help just a phone call away. That for a price too.
Wood-for-power is a one-in-a-million D.I.Y. pursuit.
Currently in the whole State of Washington I know of only 6-7 actually doing this. Whole state of Oregon, only 4-5 doing this. State of Idaho, only 2-3.
Ha! And half of these are here on the DOW active, and exchanging about it!
So, Welcome to the DOW. You come to the right place.