Wow, there is so much information on this forum that it makes my head swim. I just plowed through the thread on nozzle designs and the first thought I had when i got to the bottom was “I know kung-fu.” You guys have been busy. Is there another thread somewhere that picks up on that work? I am fascinated by the water-cooled nozzle Gary Gilmore built, as well as the simple heavy-walled pipe with multiple jets design.
Steve: I am indeed in the Willamette Valley, and our property was clearcut about 20 years ago and planted to doug fir and western red cedar. We have a lot of hardwood that resprouted though, and so I have been making charcoal mostly out of cherry. I cut maybe 5 cords of firewood a year, and all the off-cuts or unstackable pieces I throw aside and make into charcoal. I am using a 55 gallon drum with a pipe that goes underneath to try and burn some of the flared gases, but it really needs to be improved upon. I will have to check out what other people are doing.
Dave: Since I am 100% off grid, I am thinking it makes more sense for me to charge my batteries directly from an alternator rather than trying to run a stand-alone inverter generator. That way when I add more electrical loads they can just plug into my existing outlets, and I can top off the batteries when needed. Did you post about your 24 volt alternator project? I am thinking I am going to look for a 3-5hp vertical shaft lawnmower engine and couple it with an approx. 40Amp 24v alternator. My battery bank is pretty small, so I probably should not try and cram more than 30 amps into.