Ha! Ha! I am often accused of rambling-on and dissertation’ing. Stop at the third paragraph to get my outlook as you may.
O.K. Woodgasification, wood-for-heat, pre-made charcoal using hot&active, burning down your house, burning up a forest, from a Micro approach it is all about understanding IONIZATION.
How much energy inputs (heat&pressure&turbulance) it takes to get complex gases and solid molecules to degrade, simplify, fly apart, into simpler sub-molecules.
Now starting from the standpoint of how much, how possible, to satisfy the current energy usages with annual sun falling made wood/charcoal for a Region; a Country; “the whole World”, is a Macro approach.
And these are such extreme beginning points that you will never, ever, progress all of the steps of understandings toward the center into something usable, achievable, and of practical use. Starting in-the-middle with already proven practical-usable is the wiser beginning.
I came-of-age in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s USofA.
All of the Micro explorations of the devotees of peyote, LSD, hallucinogenic mushrooms did not keep the tomatoes weeded, watered and maturing to eating.
All of the Micro inner discovery self examinations of Spiritually, and Religions did not keep the children bathed, clothed and fed. Indeed. The most devout explorers of theses Micro approaches shunned having children as a distraction to their explorations wanderings.
Now the same time-frame Macro approach was still taughting Nuclear Energy so cheap it will not be worth metering. Oh . . a few more problems to solve, eh? Just give us even more research/development money/resources and all will come to pass. (the last 20 years just erase 'Nuclear" and insert PV solar farms, Wind turbine farms, massive Tidal and Geothermal endeavors as the grand saviors)
Woodgas thinking Micro-managing electronic is the solution is a false approach. Wanna’ Micro? Study, come to a real understanding of molecular ionization of combustibles. THEN, you can make a woodstove burn virtually smoke-free. A practical-usable. THEN, you get your IC engine using the most fuel efficiently with the longest service life’s.
Bio-mass for ALL is a never will happen Macro: a keep-you-disstracted, smoke&mirrors, happy-dance lie. Wanna’ Macro?
First swear, and then DO replace 1/3 of your current energy with annual grown wood or charcoal. ONE THIRD. Take your choice: space heating&domestic water/cooking. Transportation energy. Electrical usages. Oh, you will learn. And be doing practical-usable things. More work-sweat fuel processing capable? Replace another third of your personal enrgy usages with wood…
You do know that it does not take and understanding of human micro-biology . . . or a Child-Phycology Degree to have, and raise children.
So why the feel for the need of down-to-the-little-itty-bitty Micro understanding to woodgas-for-power? Or a world-view Macro social/ecological understanding to make-wood-into-energy work, and be worth pursuing?
Start at the Middle of practical-usable first. Then as you have the have the urge to know more Why; work out to the extremes of Micro’s/Macro’s. Quit any time on your outward explorations. Never exploring so far away that you lose sight of the solid middle usable-practical Base you began from. A Base that does grow tomatoes and children.
Ha! And I lost most by the third paragraph.
tree-farmer Steve unruh