I always in the back of my mind wanted to build a steam engine as a back-up power source for my small farm here in Nebraska. (I am pretty convinced about the realities the future holds because of peak oil.) However, it seems that an internal combustion engine running off wood gas is gonna be infinitely easier, cheaper, and more efficient.
So, if i buy a 7.5 kw portable generator and configure a wood gas fueling system for it, how much is the generator derated? Is it going to run rough? What can be expected for this type of system?
Thanks, Mike H