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Posted January 28, 2013 - 05:43 PM

I posted about a small diesel yesterday. Chris M and
I got talking about wood smoke powered engines. I went to youtube and sure enough somebody was way ahead of us. Check it out. 


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Posted January 28, 2013 - 05:49 PM

I saw someone do that on a TV show once and thought it was very cool. They are just pulling the gas in thru the air breather aren't they? The wood is just smoldering I think, that's how they get it to not burn all the gas up.

 

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Posted January 28, 2013 - 06:38 PM

I saw someone do that on a TV show once and thought it was very cool. They are just pulling the gas in thru the air breather aren't they? The wood is just smoldering I think, that's how they get it to not burn all the gas up.

 

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Yes and no.  The "gas" they are drawing through the carb is hydrogen, not petroleum.  By heating the wood in an airtight vessel, the wood off-gases hydrogen which does not burn because there is no oxygen.  It is a "propane" conversion that uses hydrogen instead of propane.


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Posted January 28, 2013 - 08:04 PM

I wonder if it would run when you are pulling power from it. It's OK for it to run unloaded but not very useful. 


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Posted January 28, 2013 - 08:58 PM

I wonder if it would run when you are pulling power from it. It's OK for it to run unloaded but not very useful. 

 

There are other videos of cars and trucks running on these systems. A midwest guy claimed that 16 pounds of dry wood will give the same as a gallon of gas. I'm going to start collecting the materials to do a generator this summer. If the system can give me 12 hours of 5kw per day I'd be in great shape for any power outage.


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Posted January 28, 2013 - 10:15 PM

Good old enginenewitty. During the second world war this was not an uncommon way for civilians to power their vehicles in Europe. .


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Posted January 30, 2013 - 10:33 AM

I was watching the "doomsday preppers" tv show. One of the guys on there showed how he made a stove to burn wood to power a generator. Had it plumbed right into air cleaner assembly, ran ok even with a load on it. First time I had seen it, pretty cool.


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Posted January 30, 2013 - 11:19 AM

The tractor is actually running on a gas that is produced by slow burning wood ( not on any sort of gasoline )

This system was used a lot in Europe during WW2  to power tractors for farming, trucks, cars and buses.

 

Here are  links on the wood gas system and how to build one.

 

The Gengas Page

 

Build A Gas Wood Generator


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Posted January 30, 2013 - 11:20 AM

I was watching the "doomsday preppers" tv show. One of the guys on there showed how he made a stove to burn wood to power a generator. Had it plumbed right into air cleaner assembly, ran ok even with a load on it. First time I had seen it, pretty cool.

I think that there is two ways to do it. One where the wood is heated and the vapors are used to power an engine and the other is where the wood is partly burned and the smoke runs the engine. I saw one of the smoke burning ones at the Mother Earth News Eco Village in 1984 or 5. It was a Chevy 6 running a sawmill.

I plan to learn alot more by spring.


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Posted January 30, 2013 - 12:38 PM

I think that there is two was to do it. One where the wood is heated and the vapors are used to power an engine and the other is where the wood is partly burned and the smoke runs the engine. I saw one of the smoke burning ones at the Mother Earth News Eco Village in 1984 or 5. It was a Chevy 6 running a sawmill.

I plan to learn alot more by spring.

 

The one on doomsday preppers, they guy had a 55 gal burn barrel, then he used on old miltary gun case sealed up with the wood inside, then a hose to motor. Pretty cool setup.

 

I "like" in the video....

"no, the fuel filter is disconnected, no gas".... here I will show you while I smoke this cigerette


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