I have been researching wood gasification for over a year, and being a poor boy the main thing that has held me back from building a system is the money. Other that that is has been cracking (pun intended) water to provide overunity Hydrogen and Oxygen gas to run an engine.
I found ready made systems that can run a car or truck costing thousands, and know my only option is to build one from scratch. I am not a welder and would have to hire a seam welder to join the components together. I know the basics on wood gas, reading terms and names of parts in posts from experienced wood gassers, I do not know what they are talking about.
This is the van that is going to be running on woodgas. Weighing in at 3 1/2 tons empty, with a 5.2L 318 Carburated gasoline engine; this is the rig that I am going to travel and live in.
This is the trailer I plan to put the System on with room for wood capacity and other stuff I plan to haul on it (like a generator).
I was convinced by Mr Teslonian (https://www.youtube.com/user/MrTeslonian); He has buit wood gasification systems that fuel pickup trucks. I know that I would have to have the woodgas System on a trailer, because there is no flat outside space on vans like there is on trucks.
I saw a system looking like the one I desire on this forum (minus the enclosed trailer): Charcoal powered van
I am located in San Jose, CA and can work with anyone in Northern California. I can not travel any further because I can not afford gas, this is why I am looking into building a wood gasification system to fuel cross country road trips.
The system I am envisioning is based on MrTeslonians pickup truck based woodgas system: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X3KipK49v7g
-System outputs enough fuel to this rig and trailer to travel at least 55 MPH on the interstate, preferably 75 MPH.
-Reactor has high biomass capacity, 50-100+ pounds (one pound of wood per mile) minimizing reloading/refueling stops.
-System has collectors for any usable byproducts (biocrude, ash, condesate water etc.)
-System takes up little footprint on the trailer, more vertical than horizontal.
-Most Important: Can be very flexible with fuel, can burn dry wood, woodchips, bark, trash, leaves, cardboard, paper etc.
-minimized hot surfaces on outside of System, can touch for a second without burning you hot surfaces.
-Low cost materials (under $400), Yes I know cheap and quality don’t usually go together! I am looking at smart cost cutting (in terms of System components) and upgrading the components later using the money that isn’t going into the gas tank. For example a quality gasifier and low-grade radiator pipes, the radiator pipes are easier to replace down the road. I am OK now with paying a few dollars more for signaficantly better quality.
I wish there was a “automotive wood gasification for dummies”!