Steve, I like the way you gently say “Just Do It!”
TLUD stoves are very cool, but IMO they are more of a novelty item. Very fun to teach children with and also great for backpacking/camping adventures but not really what I’m looking for. I’m also not looking to cook directly on a wood stove, Kristijan is on to the mark with grandmas gasifier cookstove…
I want a cook top equivalent to the one in my kitchen that I can connect to the sampling port on my trucks gasifier and cook! This would be great for tailgating, bonfires, road trip rest stop meals, Argos, etc. Practical and useful, While not ideal for several hours of use (as one has to keep the gasifier up to temp to get good gas) one should be able to prepare a meal before the unit cools down too much (flare off some of the extra fuel perhaps to keep it going).
A Victoria based unit might be an deal way to fuel an outdoor (patio)kitchen arrangement. The outdoor kitchen is especially useful when canning (too much heat to have in the house) deep-frying a turkey (dangerous to do indoors, even in a large barn or garage) or frying fish (messy and smelly indoors). Woodgas might also be able to be used to fuel the gas grill (conversion) and fuel a patio fire bowl such as this one which could also double as a flare to keep unit producing good gas.
I’d like to see a producer gas burner head from a ready made unit, it would give us a great starting point. I was doing some searching for syngas burner heads and stumbled across this site. They have some extremely scientific data posted via PDF (bottom of article) for those interested in the engineering aspects of the project if one can bear to read thru it;
I think I’d start with a piece of 3/4" diameter tubing bent into a loop or perhaps a coffee can sealed up. I’ll punch holes around it (start with 1/16" and drill larger until I find the happy spot) and pump in the woodgas with some sort of butterfly valve control (maybe another throttle body with a knob or something)
and see if it will light and sustain a usable flame that can be controlled. From there i’d experiment to see what sort of volume is needed to run a multi-burner cook stove (CFM’s required on blower) and play with it to determine it’s practicality.