Ran again tonight, I got a load of chips from the landscaping company down the road from us. I got about a yard and scraped off the top. Still got some water logged chips in the mix but after a couple hours in the sun they seeme to dry up pretty good. This hopper is a lot bigger than it looks, it took every bit of that yard of chips and still had room for more. I ran a total of 7 hours with a full 1500 watt load and an additional 1500 watt intermittent load. At the end of the run I still had just under a half a hopper still left. This will for sure run ten hours min. I think at the full 5 kW loading it could get up to 12 hours.
Still have a few issues to overcome. These chips are a lot larger and I did have some issues with jamming. This was over loading the relay that drives it I had to replace two of them. So Im going to install a breaker in line to protect the relay. To fix the jamming I just have to install a restriction plate over the auger. this is what we had to do on the other machines. We can make them adjustable for different size fuels. So we will get through that.
Now the generator is not running the best, not sure whats going on with it. It is loubing all the time even on gas, Im trying to figuire out whats going on with this. Im going to try new plugs, I know on other machines we changed out those stock plugs and that really picked them up. So im going to try that and maybe do another valve tune. I dont think its a woodgas issue nor did it originate from it. The governor is just flopping back and forth, man thats just kicking my butt. The only other thing I can think of oil level. Ill check this again but the last time I checked it, it was good. Might just change this out and run a full tank of gas through it too. Whats really frustrating is it has ran like a top before, this is the machine we pulled well over 6 kW on one machine and 5 kW with another one. This gasifier system is also stable and making tons of good gas.
Overall Im happy with the way this is running even though we have these issues. They are minor and we will work through them it’d be nice to just have one work though haha. The machine is very stable and the mixer controller is working perfect as long as it dont have to try and combat that lobing issue. I did change the controller out and that freezing issue went away.
Anyways back at it tomorrow