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Old 10-20-2011, 09:07 PM
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I found some step by step plans for a gasifier that I can use on my pickup. I live in a logging community, so there will always be enough scrap wood around to basically run it for free.

I'm now in the process of scrounging around for all of the parts. I'd like to be able to make the entire thing for under $500 which seems really realistic to me.

Has anyone else done this? I know that during WW2 there were millions of wood powered vehicles in Europe while there was a fuel shortage. I also read an article about a guy that had the same truck I do, that has ran his over 10,000 miles and can get it up to 80mph. And seeing how it is a long bed, I figure I'll still have two thirds of my truck bed to use.

Does anyone see any drawbacks to this? I'm mostly doing it for knowledge. But last time I filled up the truck it was $100 so, it won't hurt in that department either. And if the shtf, I'll have a rig to use and the plans to get other people up and running too.
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I looked into it before see if this helps ya
http://www.shtfmovement.com/shtf-alt...topic2001.html
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I am working on a gassifier for my generator and have plans to build another for a vehicle and or tractor. Keep me posted on your progress - perhaps we can exchange some experiences to save some frustration through the build.
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there's a Yahoo group - WoodGas - dedicated to gasifiers and all the necessary technology ..... one of the extensive info and consulting site around ...... membership required

www.yahoo.com/groups
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It's a pretty good group. They have a files section that allows the beginner to get a handle on the technology needed to do woodgas in a fairly efficient fashion. My initial introduction to the technology was the FEMA effort from the 1970s, and there are some more efficient ways to approach the matter nowadays.
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Here is an inventory of gasifier plans online
http://gekgasifier.com/forums/index....-plans-online/
The company that has this forum also offers kits and completed gasifiers for sale, and free DIY plans.

I don't know how well these work, but from the comments and users they are impressed.
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how would one get one of these vehicles past an emmissions check?
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By the time you need this kind of things, it's likely that emissions checks will be a thing of the past.
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how would one get one of these vehicles past an emmissions check?
Most set-ups can eazly be switched back to gasoline
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Nice thread, thanks for all the great links, if you stop by webpal.org and look under ther reconstruction section (post nuclear war) Ark 2 has posted a number of links for wood gasification including a link to downlaod the FEMA plans in their entirety. There is a company "victory gasifiers" that sell completed units as well.
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Hello everyone,looking to see if any one in N.W.Arkansas would like to get together on a progect to build a gasafire system.I would atleast like to talk with you and maybe put our heads together.Ive got a shop with all the tools needed for the gob.
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I sure wish I could find some people in N.W. Arkansas. I'm really interested in the potential of gasification for energy.. I have a lot of acreage and a lot of wood and bamboo. I think a plant like bamboo might be a good fuel for the process because it's woody and grows extremely fast.
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I am so behind the times on this...somebody slap me into making one of these
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I've been looking at the FEMA plans. I've read that it produces excessive tar. One gent made a cyclone filter inline with the sawdust filter and this takes care of it. I've been thinking about making one for my allis chalmers B.
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I've been looking at the FEMA plans. I've read that it produces excessive tar. One gent made a cyclone filter inline with the sawdust filter and this takes care of it. I've been thinking about making one for my allis chalmers B.
Correct, and actually, when done right, they are actually pretty clean. There are a bunch of different ways to create effective filters. Youtube has some great videos on how to make them. There's one guy running a huge generator off it. Theoretically, you could power a huge house off a huge generator using woodgas. If you have some acreage of forest, you could be set for a long time. :D
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Correct, and actually, when done right, they are actually pretty clean. There are a bunch of different ways to create effective filters. Youtube has some great videos on how to make them. There's one guy running a huge generator off it. Theoretically, you could power a huge house off a huge generator using woodgas. If you have some acreage of forest, you could be set for a long time. :D

Thanks for the info, I have been waffling back and forth on the FEMA unit. It seems so simple that it would be a good starter unit but on the other hand if it's not a good unit what's the point. I would like to build one that will last awhile and work good. I think I'll go forward with it.
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Thanks for the info, I have been waffling back and forth on the FEMA unit. It seems so simple that it would be a good starter unit but on the other hand if it's not a good unit what's the point. I would like to build one that will last awhile and work good. I think I'll go forward with it.
Np. Yeah, there are some seriously improved versions on Youtube, often listing the plans the used (or links to the plans).

http://www.youtube.com/results?searc...=wood+gas&sm=3

Crazy stuff.
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There's a couple of UNESCO reports on a sawmill plant in South America that's running their power generation off these. A gasifier can be set up to give good fuel gas (about like natural gas) and a 20% charcoal yield. There's a considerable amount of information out on the 'net, but you have to dig for some of it.

One of the neater ideas I've seen involved using round hay bales for fuel.
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