I am new here but have been reading for a month or so. Before I buy the plans I would like to share what I would like to do and get the experienced guys opinions.
First off, I would like to use wood gas for transportation. I traval 6 miles to work, about ten to twelve min. On Sundays we travel anywhere from twenty min. to an hour depending on if we go visit family or not. My family is about an hour away and my wifes family is about two hours. My wife and I also like to travel to museums and other points of interest when we can afford it. Once a year we go to a family reunion in New Jersey about 390 miles away, (780 round trip) (when we are there we always go to the beach so add another two hours)
Secondly, I would like to use wood gas at home. I mow a very soft yard and can’t use a heavy tractor. A fifteen to twenty horse lawn tractor will be as big as I will go. I would also like to have a generator. I think it would be good to have the generator and the mower about the same HP so the gasifiers can be interchanged. The gasifier for the genset will be really tall, long lasting and on a trailer. (is six hours possible?) And the gasafier for the lawn tractor will be normal. When I need to run the tractor for long periods stationary (back up-back up genset, aircompressor, chuncker ect) I can use the taller gasifier.
I don't have a working truck at the moment but I am working on fixing my 91 f-350. The body is in very nice shape but I need a motor and trans. (Think I can do this cheaper than buying a cheap truck) Thinking about a 460 but did they make a 460 with a MPFI with the OBD I computer? Or was it just TBI? I know that this isn't the best performing wood truck (especially for long trips) but it's what I have right now. I hope to off set this a little by rising the CR on the motor as much as I can before installing it. I can also mess around with the heads and get the RV type camshafts for it. I should mention that I have access to a lot of junk yards (car-part.com is my friend). Sometimes I will use the truck for hauling cars from my house to work, I am a mechanic. Sometimes I do big stuff at my house. A few GENERAL questions. Can I run all year? in the cold? I live in OHIO (zip 44408) I've read that the gasifier can rust really bad. How bad? How long does a WK gasifire last? Thanks for reading and I can't wait to hear ya'lls input.