Toyota Corolla Charcoal Vehicle Gasifier Project

I am very impressed!


Had another refreshing visit to Steve’s about a week ago. Impressed with the many thoughtful improvements as everyone has been following. Planning another visit later on this summer. Looking forward to a few videos and more photos for everyone to enjoy along with us in this exciting adventure. It’s important in life to surround yourself with good people. Especially if they are just as addicted to the same things as you are haha.


Thanks, Kyle for posting photos. Glad you enjoyed the visit. Looking forward to entertaining your family soon.


Here is a charcoal project update:

My first effort to power an engine with chargas was with my grist mill engine. It never worked very well, so I gave up on it after finding that the push mower engine ran so well. I thought of getting another engine for the mill, but decided that what I had was good enough and chose to continue running the mill on gasoline. It is an old engine and only two horse-power. I suspect that the low power has been a major part of the problem.

Anyway, I gave it another try today, using my medium size (16 gallon) gasifier. I tried an oil drip first. That was a disaster. So, I cleaned out the oil, replacing it with water and started again. The engine still does not start very easily, but did run well and had plenty of power to operate the mill. I think the difference is experience. Even though I connected the exhaust gas recirculation, I didn’t need it to maintain a good reaction temperature. It may be that I was cooling the reaction down too much in earlier attempts. For this run I used the carburetor adapter off the lawn mower and the exhaust adapter from my generator to complete the set up.

Mostly, I grind corn, producing corn meal and grits. I usually grind a year’s supply around Christmas time giving most of it away for Christmas presents. The grits seem to be a favorite. So, who knows, maybe this coming December I’ll power the mill with charcoal.

Here are some photos of today’s setup:


Today was my first time ever participating in a car show. I declare, they will let anyone enter a car show these days. Look at what was on each side of me. My car did generate a lot of interest. I started it several times and let the engine idle for a while and then drove home on charcoal. A good time was had by all.

I’m thinking about adding a sign for next time which says “Non-fossil Biofuel Powered” for the green, clean, politically correct set. I don’t think any of those were at this car show today.


Nice one Steve ! its exhibits like yours that make car shows more interesting ,how many times have we all walked around shows thinking oh one day i may be able to afford a car like that ,its the down to earth everyday drives that stirs the imagination .


Keep up the good work.


Hello Steve

We are all proud of you !!

Thanks for posting and keep up the good work :grinning:


Dave, Arvid, and Wayne: Thanks. Although I have spent several times the money I paid for my $200 car to get it where it is today, it means more to me and I’d rather have it that any other vehicle at the show. I thoroughly enjoyed the day.