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Old 08-05-2009, 04:09 PM   #1
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I discovered this series called "The Colony" last week, that sets up a cross section of people of various backgrounds and skill sets trying to "survive" in an urban apocalypse setting.

Since I caught the series late, I missed how they were able to make a wood gasifier that basically uses wood to power their electric power generator.

As I understand it, this technology is quite old, but tried and true. People in Europe used wood gas to power their cars (no, not like a steam engine) back in WWII.

Has anyone here tried this? Is there a good blueprint in laymen terms that we could publish here for the good of the community? I'm sure I could look it up and become an expert in a month, but I'd like to see if anyone here has tried this and to what success.

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I should add this video which shows an end product and how it works, but they're also trying to sell you the kit, so it's not too revealing. However the video might get some of you as excited about this as I am.

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Here's a Vid of a car running on wood chips.

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I've never heard of it myself, but a quick search turned up woodgas.net. Looks like pretty interesting home project.

There is a pretty detailed write up in the download section.

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Here's a guy in Canada who documented his DIY Downdraft Gasification (Gasifier, Woodgas, Gengas, Producer Gas ) the building of a unit.

Some drawings (schematic) and guy selling plans for a downdraft gasifier for your car or truck, electric generator, etc.
http://www.almostfreefuel.com/gasification.html

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Very interesting stuff. I might have to play with this. If I singe my eye brows off I promise to post pics.

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Well when they can BBQ chicken or a steak on there at the same time and power the car too, I will pay more attention to it. It just goes to prove 'Necessity is the mother of invention.'

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I can remember buses in the Philippines running on gasification units that burned coconut shells. For me, a great way to dispose of burnable trash and garden waste to produce electricity for my home.

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The guys on The Colony are using two cans and a hose.... wood is in the the first can and isn't ignited. That can is then placed in a larger can (steel drum) and there is wood in there that IS ignited to hest the other can and created a form of coal out of the wood which creates the gas vapors...this this is powering a generator!

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How are they trapping the gas and forcing it into a generator? Is it similar to a propane burning engine? if so that would require a way to pressurize it. Can you post a link to what you're talking about?

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