I did a lot of historic steam power go-look-see on the logging, farming and small marine-use equipments.
Average ~10 horsepower with, yes, with steam torque. Always never took less than 3 men to operate. One to fuels prep/get water pumper-man One, the fireman/steam maker. The 3 rd the actual equipment operator. The larger the power . . the more men tending needed. 5 to then 10. Lube men. Wipers(men) for the steam washed off lube messes.
Early 1900’s small single cylinder 3-10 hp open hopper IC farm and logging, small boats marine engine only needed ONE man to start and operate.
Now that was personal use, freedom-making.
The ONLY dependency set-back in those early IC was a manufactured off-site-made fuels dependency. Dry cell batteries for the ignition.
Modern designed/made IC Piston engines. Woodgases or charcoal gasses fueled; and finally: true personal freedom closed loop.
Why I see pellettizes fuels of any types as just another everyman enslaving chain. Again.
I feel the same about exotic felt-need rare metals catalysts to “best” wood-for-power. Refractory metals needs. Cheap NOT!, outside sourced “needs” like limestone (for AG slag gasification reduction).
I feel the same enslaving chains in felt-needed digital “must-have” finite controls.
None of these are actually needed to make shaft power from wood.
Says, you a.h., SteveU, know-it-all?!
Nope> Dutch John’s works. Doug Williams works. WK’s works. Want more names?
Names without Designers and Doctorate arrogance’s?
Names without Artistic, show-all-my-inspired-greatness desires?
Simple closed system loop.
Let the trees/brush grow. Harvest a bit. Chunk it up. Simple gasify those chunks to fuel power that off-the shelf shaft power engine for your own, real-needs purposes.
FUN is hearing the engine make power with the fuel you made, for your purposes.
All else is just cultures show off grand standing. Entertaining. To those who refuse to do anything real, but expect never ending entertainments delivered to them. An old, old story. The Epic Hero’s. Stupid. One shots. One-shots do not keep thing going forward. Vain. Short lifers.
Real hero’s in life are the one who keep the lights on, water flowing, foods on the tables, the babies clean and safe.
Unsung heroes, are humble, human, and humane. Not needing, not wanting any name-fame back-pats.
S.U. stepping out a bit from the minion shadows these last 10 years with woodgas