Sure! 100% Agree!. I’ve failed so many times and so miserably, losing vast ammounts of money that I’ve becomed nr.1 fan of K.I.S.S methodology (Keep It Simple, Stupid).
Unfortunatelly for me, appears Mr Keith book is no longer available for selling overseas. I’d be glad to buy a pdf copy if available,
Plan is cloning as much as possible from proven designs, but with my fuel limitations…hard woodchips and eventually, almond shells so unfortunatelly for me, some research will be needed. I guess gasifier behaviour won’t be the same than a woodchunk gasifier, as contact area between charcoal and “air” will be much greater but the “air” passage channels between “micro-chunks” will be much lower. My guess is effective charcoal contact area / total charcoal volume will be greater with woodchips than woodchunks but, as mentioned above, charcoal chunk “life” will be much shorter.
I am considering some ways of moving without needing a full reassembly the nozzles number and position in order to find the best possible setup for my fuel, but by now, it’s just a forming idea in my head.
As told before, automatic feed should be almost a “must”, or at least, having a hooper good enough for 4 to 6 hours of continous operation (start in the morning, stop for lunch, me and the tractor and then return until dusk)
Pyrotouch system or something related (an external electrical shaker via a rotating counterweigth) could be a good method to avoid bridging issues or even grate cleaning.
Thanks again for the feedback and advice!