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Electricity in the Forest Part 2: Steam Powered Generator Demonstration

  • Sep 14, 2013 · 6:00 PM
  • London Pub Co (Back Room)

Following the "Learn to Browse the Web more Securely/Privately" event I will demonstrating my two cycle motor and how to generate power through fire and water.

This event is the second part in a series of meets-ups specifically designed to educate our users on off-grid or self-reliant power systems which I've coined as the Electricity in the Forest series.

In a post-electric situation/society, whether a temporary blackout or a zombie apocalypse(!!!), you may want to know different ways to generate electricity.
Have you ever thought about the different ways you would generate electricity if you had no power? What items would you need power for?
Technically you don’t need any electricity to survive. But just imagine if you had a way to recharge batteries and power some items. Take a moment to think about the advantages of having power...

Communications – radio, short wave radio, weather radio, walkie talkies and other devices…

Light – flashlights, lighting within your location at night and other situations…

Knowledge – access to books and educational videos through a laptop or ipad…

Security – access control to locations, sensors and alarms, night sights for hunting…

Entertainment - music, movies - great for moral in what could be a daunting situation...

These are just a few things that came to mind and we’ll be expanding on this during the event.

Using Fire & Water to Generate Power

I’ve converted a 2 cycle motor to run off of steam and I’m going to demonstrate why it works and how you can create one yourself. The main parts I used for this particular generator came from a pressure canner and a 2 cycle motor from a weed whacker. It’s really not that complicated once you see how it’s created. There are obvious advantages and disadvantages to such a system and we’ll go through all of them. The location for this event is pending as we’ll need an outdoor location to light a fire so that I can demonstrate the generator running.

Here's a short video clip I created (turn down your volume!) of the motor working through use of steam:

In a nutshell the pressure canner is being connected to a copper pipe which then connects to a pressure gauge, pressure release valve, release valve to the motor and then a air compressor gun. A camshaft was created to open the air compressor gun when the cyclinder of the motor is just about to reach top dead center. I'll go through the process step by step, explaining what all this means and how it works at the event.


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  • Jerry

    I attended the Learn to Browse meetup, and waited until 6:30 for this event and left. When and where did it happen?

    September 15, 2013

    • Che

      Jesus Jerry, I'm so sorry to hear that. We were in the parking lot. From 6pm to 6:45 there were people in the back room waiting while the steam engine was being assembled. I made this clear to everyone in an announcement although it seems you didn't get the message. My apologize. I will make a point of buying you a beer for the next time you come out.

      September 17, 2013

  • Bryan

    Nifty setup Che.

    1 · September 17, 2013

  • S. JD W.

    Very ingenious devise. Simple and inexpensive to make and can have such a variety of uses in a number of situations. Good job Che!

    3 · September 14, 2013

  • Dianne K.

    I need a ride to attend please, unless accessible by TTC.

    July 17, 2013

  • Geo

    [masked]- if there is any one in our area. Drop a line---Thanks ---G

    June 20, 2013

  • Geo

    Hello all- We live in Sarnia- I would like to find others here. BUT we can travel. Love the Steam Engine- Im into this. Gasification and Alternative workings and shelter. Like C-Cans. I enjoy making things out of nothing-That to me is always part of the survival mentality-G

    June 20, 2013

  • darrell h.

    dear people of the prepper community,i meant no offence, with my email.i wanted to join in,because i live in the falls.i will not bug you again,you look like an awesome group, now i know why no people got in contact. i will watch from time to time.

    1 · June 15, 2013

  • Monika

    Moving back to ottawa. Still.

    June 13, 2013

  • darrell h.

    hi i'm Darrell is there anyother preppers in the falls
    my email and face book is [masked]

    1 · June 10, 2013

  • S. JD W.

    Looking forward to yet another intriguing seminar.

    April 13, 2013

  • Renata

    I would like to attend it if this location will be in Toronto and can be easily reached by public transportation.

    April 13, 2013

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