When i was a kid my dad told me about people in Europe driving cars powered by some kind of wood burning device,actually he thought they were steam powered. Not alot of info available on it back then, but i did look for books on it when the bookmobile would come around. Remember those? haha I never found any books or anyone that knew of any. Later in boy scouts and in science class we learned that you could put wood chips in a can, seal it up, poke a hole in the top, heat it , and light the gas that came out. Didn
t think much more about it till i was grown and saw an add in the back of a magazine that claimed you could burn wood and turn it into gas that you could even run your car on. I got interested again and ordered the plans. They were poorly done and hard to read, but i did manage to get a gasifier built and get it to work sorta. The MEN plans i have now look alot like those did, except the credits to MEN had been removed. Later i ran across some drawings and sketchy plans that looked alot like the FEMA and stratified downdraft plans i have now. Built one of those and it worked a little better than the first one, but i never powered a vehicle with it, just played around with small engines, stoves, torches, and just watching the flare burn for fun. That was 20 years or so ago, there wasnt as much info as readily available as there is now, i lost interest in it again.
t get motivated again till i decided to do some research on these rocket mass heaters i had heard about. I have wood stoves, but my house is small and its hard to regulate the heat even with a small boxwood heater. I wanted to build an efficient heater but an outside unit and use air to air and water heat exchangers so it would be easier to control the heat. While researching this i ran across one of Waynes videos and that lit the fuse again, this is what daddy was talking about.haha Waynes gasifier is so simple compared to other designs i`ve seen, and it obviously works
s are similar to alot of those already mentioned. I dont like making oil companies richer and seeing so much of my money going overseas funding activities i don
t like. I like being independent, and even though running a gasifier whether its a stove, stationary unit running generators, or powering your truck/car, there
s some work involved. Nothings free even if you already own the wood. But the satisfaction of knowing that when the storms hit and you cant get gas anywhere, and you don`t have to spend all your money driving into the next state to fill your gas cans because you can go to the woodpile to fill up the truck, or the gasifier running the generator, well, thats priceless, and worth all that scrounging scrap iron and welding !
I also like doing things that people say won
t work or tell me that i cant do. Not to be a show off but i like a challenge. And i like winning money from people that don
t believe something ive told them i can do or have done and they challenge me on it. Kinda makes you feel warm and fuzzy inside after they`ve made fun of you.
The price of fuel is only going to keep going up for the forseeable future. The oil companies here and abroad now know what people here are willing to pay to keep those suv
s on the road. The small price fluctuations are just the people that control the markets doing just that, and they play the futures markets and make money every time it fluctuates. Cheap gas is history. Driving on wood will never be adopted by the masses, its not for everybody. But i
m glad i found this site and it sparked my interest again. Looking forward to getting mine built and burning some smoke. Plus i want to win some money from friends that are already laughing at me about doing it saying it wont work, that i got took and just wasted money on those plans. Just wait till they see it work, i take their money, and they ask me for a copy of those plans. hahahahaha Ain`t happenin