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Learn About Gasification

Perhaps you've seen one of those prepper TV shows where a guy was running his truck on wood, or using wood gas to power a generator. Did that seem amazingly useful to you? It did for me. That's why I spent the last year learning about biomass gasification.

In a "grid down" situation, where electricity and gasoline are virtually non-existent, the mere notion that one could gather up some woody brush, wood chips, or wood pellets, throw it into the gasifier hopper, and make an engine GO, is an extremely liberating idea.

Gasification is not a new technology. In Europe, during WWII, over 1 million vehicles were outfitted to run on wood gas because of the shortage on gasoline. Of course, those old gasifiers produced tarry, sticky gas that wasn't the best for engines... But those cars did go from point A to point B.

Don't fret. New gasifier technology virtually eliminates all tar, and produces gas that is very similar in quality to propane or natural gas.

I'll be explaining how gasification works, how to build your own gasifier, and all the safety measures needed to produce your own gas for vehicles / generators.

Topics Covered:

  • Gasification basics (how and why it works)
  • 4 stages of gasification (drying, pyrolysis, combustion, reduction)
  • Gasifier design (downdraft, updraft, imbert)
  • Fuel types (wood chips, chunks, etc.)
  • Approximate burn times & energy potential (kW)

By the end of October, I will have completed my gasifier, and will fire up a generator. We'll load test it with some energy-sucking power tools.

I hope to see you there.

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  • Robert

    terrific camaraderie and a great introduction to the cutting edge technical advancements in this historic resource (as an extra bonus, nobody got killed!) LOL

    June 2, 2013

    • Robert

      thank you for your dedication to self sufficient innovation. I look forward to the next installment. Don't do anything dangerous. ... eh, Without a witness, that is.

      June 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi..I am sorry I missed it. I do want you attend the subsequent meet up. Is there any recorded material available?

    June 3, 2013

  • Jeff L.

    Very interesting!

    May 27, 2013

  • A former member

    May 17, 2013

  • A former member

    A former member changed the location to Joey Delia's Permaculture Demonstration Site

    May 17, 2013

  • A former member

    A former member changed the date and time to Sunday, June 02, 2013 at 1:00 PM

    May 17, 2013

  • Mark C.

    Please email me directly if possible, [masked] Thanks

    May 1, 2013

  • P. J. D.

    Seeking knowledge for a better world !

    April 22, 2013

  • Susan B.

    Looking forward to learning more about gasification.

    February 10, 2013

  • Larry W.

    I am very interested in learning different way to make energy

    December 11, 2012

  • Ed R.

    Did you guys consider the victory gasifier designs or the GEK stuff when building your prototype?

    November 17, 2012

  • Ed R.

    Hey Selph,
    How are things going with your gasifier? Have a date in mind for the meetup?

    November 14, 2012

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