Step #1: Where are all of these consensates coming from?!
Step #2: Where’s all my hard scrounged/harvested and prepped fuel wood dissapearing to??!!
Step #3: AND Where is all of this clogging soot coming from???!!!
Step #4: Can only be learned after 3-4 years of operating your system in year round climate conditions to find if you actually have built in the capabilities to do year round operating where you live.
Takes about 2-300 pounds /90-135 kg of fuel wood passed through in a fuctioning gasifer hearth to reach Step#1 and suffer from the problems of NOT designing and building for condensates in each step of the total system. Then you will learn the 40’s and 50’s oldtimers were not so dumb.
Now with a well running hearth, separation and cooling system it takes about 600-1000 pounds/252-454 kg of fuel wood ran through a system to be getting choked off with soots and again really come to appreciate the late 40’s real in use proven systems with all of their evolved quick access cleaning out ports. Appreciate the 50’s ands 60’s efforts with hot box filtering. Truely appriciate some of the 90’s and 2000’s way of handling soots and why they chose the way that they did.
Step #2 fuel consumption alarm will be ringing in your tired hands, aching back and psyche and this will occur somewhere between 300 and 1000 pounds of fuel wood prepped, handled and gobbled up by your ravenous beast to make those wheels spin around producing usable work.
This should make you even more appreciate the sheer convenient evolved power in a gallon or liter of liquid fuel. Stuff really is like liquid gold. And should be used wisely while we still have it available.
I am through Steps 1-3. Ha! Ha! Still far short on #4
Only maybe 5-6 guys in the whole world past Step #4 now.
WayneK is one of these. And he is sharing this system learning and evolution.
Where are you at in your learning? Past the 300 pounds of fuel wood consumed yet to really start learning?