Hello all. Thanks for the member approval!
I just learned about wood-gasification two days ago and can’t believe I had never heard about it, as I independently studied the alternative energy field for years! I’m just getting started after having watched about 50 youtube videos on different systems and am envisioning an RV that has the rear bumper framework extended out about another 4-5 feet and then mounting a roll-cage onto the back end to conceal the gasifier unit (hidden by sheetmetal attached to the roll cage. Also, to keep curious kids from walking up and touching it with their hands…)
But that’s just the beginning… (yeah, I go all the way or none at all…)
I’m envisioning that the top of the RV will be converted to a rain-water collection system that has several filters (probably Berkey unless anyone know of something better for the price?), where all of the filters tie together and meet at one PVC drain that runs through the walls and down to a collection tank underneathe that has a treatment-port located inside the RV in the floor where additional treatments could be added (chlorine-dioxide to purify to drinkable levels without the carcinogens of chlorine, test pH levels, etc). A collection tank with the dimensions of 27 feet x 7 feet x 9 inches tall would hold almost 1200 gallons of drinking water! They say the average American uses 100-200 gallons a day, but I tend to think we’re far more wasteful on grid than we would be off grid, so I’d expect that I would only use 5-10 gallons a day including showering, dishes, and drinking. But the cool part is, with the wood-gasifier, I could run a UV light within the tank that’s hooked into the RV electrical system without having to worry about running out of “gas”, for the most part. That would kill cysts and other things that UV water treatment kills. Also a small circulation pump to keep it from going stagnant. The benefits are obvious. Heat, A/C, fridge, shower, bedroom, water, and if I was stuck in a place that didn’t rain for awhile and was running low on water, I could drive to an area with a stream/lake/pond and 5 gallon bucket it into the filter area on top, then drive back home… in my home. haha
The idea of the grid shutting down only bothers me for two things: water and electricity. With those two things tackled, I feel that I’d be in pretty good shape. I’m an avid fisherman, and I don’t mind vegetables so, living on greens isn’t a problem. (We’ve grown our own crops since I was a kid, mom grew up on a farm). But I took it a step further! haha
I envision having a shut-off valve installed underneathe in the gas line that runs to the engine from the final stage of the gasifier, and just before the shut-off valve, there is a Tee connection that aims out towards the drive-side door with a 3/4 coupling that would allow me to hook up a gas-line to power gas-powered items outside of the RV such as a generator, chainsaw(maybe?), I’ve seen at-home saw-mills that use gasoline powered engines to turn the band blade which this could be hooked up to inorder to keep production going (again, in a grid-down scenario is where my thinking is). And I could just close the shut-off valve and divert it to the Tee out! How awesome does that sound!!
Again, these are all just ideas I’m playing with in the meantime and have no idea if the gasifier produces enough gas to power an RV down the road, but if it CAN be done, I want to do it!!
Any tips or pointers for someone like me who is relatively new to this would be appreciated. I’m a contractor in Virginia and work is pretty slow out here so, it might be awhile before I could piece this project together, but if it’s possible, I’m all over it!!
P.S. Convert the toilet to a composting toilet, throw some sawdust on that stuff and use it as fuel!! Also. This could be used for business purposes, ie: rental of on-demand fuel in the example of an at-home saw-mill or anything comparable that requires gas-fuel (drive-to-and-supply type service), shower rental services, fresh water supply services, etc. The possibilities are great!! And if the people use your bathroom while in your RV, they just gave you free fuel hehe.