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Re: Wood burning truck!
« Reply #420 on: December 04, 2010, 04:48:22 pm »
Seems like light cutting, eh? How much cc are those? 25 or 30? We must have cut 1500 acres this year, I cut over 100 myself.

Pre-commercial thinning pays off. :)

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Re: Wood burning truck!
« Reply #421 on: December 04, 2010, 04:57:27 pm »
They're 40 cc
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Re: Wood burning truck!
« Reply #422 on: December 04, 2010, 05:04:39 pm »
Well, that's not too bad in small softwood.

Pre-commercial thinning pays off. :)

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Re: Wood burning truck!
« Reply #423 on: April 11, 2011, 08:19:51 pm »
  Hi forum it has been a while since I have posted on here and have made a few changes to my woodburning truck so far I have logged 2800 miles burning wood.

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Re: Wood burning truck!
« Reply #424 on: April 11, 2011, 08:34:39 pm »
How far do you venture from home base in it?

Pre-commercial thinning pays off. :)

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Re: Wood burning truck!
« Reply #425 on: April 12, 2011, 06:07:48 am »
 So far the farthest has been 50-60 miles, but a sawmill in Grayling MI said if we come up they will give us wood to get back. Grayling is about 350mi or 500lbs of wood. I am kind of chicken but dont see any reason it wouldnt make it.

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Re: Wood burning truck!
« Reply #426 on: April 12, 2011, 06:25:56 am »
a sawmill in Grayling MI said if we come up they will give us wood to get back. Grayling is about 350mi or 500lbs of wood.

 :D :D 8)

Pre-commercial thinning pays off. :)

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Re: Wood burning truck!
« Reply #427 on: April 12, 2011, 12:15:05 pm »
So far the farthest has been 50-60 miles, but a sawmill in Grayling MI said if we come up they will give us wood to get back. Grayling is about 350mi or 500lbs of wood. I am kind of chicken but dont see any reason it wouldnt make it.

Ron- I may have missed it as I haven't been around here that much these last few years.  Is your truck shown somewhere here?

I finally got around to designing a wood chunk/block processing saw for wood gassers.

You can easily process 300-500 and more blocks per minute depending on the block size you need, density of wood species, from small diameter logs, branches, and specially mill ends, or sticker like milled logs at the thickness you desire.

It is fully adjustable for chunk size.  Runs on 110-220v or can be gas or hydraulic powered. Simple engineering and no specialized parts. Heavy duty and user serviceable.

Very easy and safe to use. Even a petite young lady could operate it.

This is what I do for a living, so it's not something I'm posting for the public good, but would be a product for sale.  I'm trying to determine how much of a potential market there may be for it.
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Re: Wood burning truck!
« Reply #428 on: April 12, 2011, 12:37:51 pm »
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Have you built it, or just designed it?

Any pics or video of it chunking wood?
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Re: Wood burning truck!
« Reply #429 on: April 12, 2011, 12:42:17 pm »
  Hi J.P.; There are some photos in my photo gallery, I cant figure out how to bring them up to my posts. Does your chunker work like a block cutter for pallets? Right now we produce enough fuel just fron our cut offs that are the right size.Do you have any photos of your block producer.

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Re: Wood burning truck!
« Reply #430 on: April 12, 2011, 12:58:36 pm »
If you come up to grayling on 127, you come right by my house. My property line is not but 50 feet from the X-way fence.
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Re: Wood burning truck!
« Reply #431 on: April 12, 2011, 12:59:34 pm »
I don't know how a block pallet cutter works.

No I don't have it finished yet to post a video or pics, and I won't be until I make an arrangement with someone to fabricate it for sale to the public, and I will patent it.

I do tool and die manufacturing now, and I don't do manufacturing with welding or fabricating any more.  Found an easier cleaner way to make a living, specially for a guy approaching his mid 50's ... :D

It all hinges on the size of the Market. It would definitely sell for under $4000 retail. Probably closer to between $2000 and $3000, electric powered.

The only thing I have seen that would process fuel faster is the Laimet chipper. It will out produce anything else I've seen and safely. That is a huge issue for me. I would not build one, unless it was totally safe.

If there's no market numbers for it, I'll just show it and let home users have at it. Someone with basic sound fabrication skills could build it.
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« Reply #432 on: April 12, 2011, 01:10:50 pm »
  Hi Jeff we go right by your house every year. We go up to Grayling to camp to get away from the crowd down here. When I was in the National Guard we went there everyother year to train in the summer.but that has been about 30 years ago.
   There are a lot of sawmills in that area. AJD supplies our palletmill with a lot of aspen, they are good people to work with and pretty good quality lumber.
   Do you have a woodgas producer?

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« Reply #433 on: April 12, 2011, 03:02:01 pm »
AJD was probably our biggest competitor for aspen logs when I worked at the mill here in Harrison.
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Re: Wood burning truck!
« Reply #434 on: April 12, 2011, 11:38:48 pm »
Ron57, did you make that wood gas producer off of some plans or did you design it yourself?  That seems like it would be a pretty viable alternate to normal petroleum fuels in some more remote areas of the world, like the Solomon Islands where I hope to be next summer.  I am thinking of taking out a small steam launch to use for running around in the islands, powered by wood and water.  They are never going to run out of wood there.  That wood gas powered pickup would work nicely out on some of the islands too.

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« Reply #435 on: April 13, 2011, 02:03:30 am »
   Hi Timerover; The Mother Earth News magazine sells plans for 15$. I dont know if these are the best designs but they seem to work well enough. I have made a few changes to make it easier to service and adjust.
 

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« Reply #436 on: April 13, 2011, 10:07:19 am »

Here are a couple pics of Ron's pretty little woodgas truck.






Ron,

I hope you take the truck to Grayling.Stop in and see Jeff on the way by and he might even have some wood chunks for you. :)
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« Reply #437 on: April 13, 2011, 04:44:40 pm »
  Hi Paul, thanks for posting the pics I have loaded some new ones into my photo gallery but cant figure out how to bring them up to the forum, I tried 5X it says they have been copied but I dont know where they went.
   So are you thinking of firing up your truck? There was an older gentleman from Tenn who was building a MEN gasifier and had some hard questions I told him he could contact you through Forestry Forum last year. I dont know if he ever got it running right . He finally found part of the problem he used galvanized pipe for the preheat tubes and when he welded it the galvanizing fell down and plugged most of the tubes.

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« Reply #438 on: April 13, 2011, 05:12:31 pm »
Thanks for the picture post, Paul.  That looks like it is a very straightforward and compact setup.

Ron, how hard was it to set up the engine to run on the produced gas.  I know that in World War 2, there was a lot of wood-burning trucks used in Europe, and I have seen mixed reviews on the experience.

With respect to fuel, does it make a difference if you use green verses seasoned wood?  And have you tried running it on charcoal?  I cannot see doing that on a regular basis here, unless you make your own, but I will be doing a fair amount in the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific next year, and they have an unlimited supply of tropical hardwoods.  Something like your pickup would be a nice thing to have there.  It would be interesting to see if that could be adapted to run a internal combustion engine on a boat or landing craft as well.

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« Reply #439 on: April 13, 2011, 05:28:37 pm »
I would suggest reading this entire thread. Paul takes you from the beginning of his project to video's driving around within it's content.
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