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Re: Wood burning truck!
« Reply #540 on: July 05, 2014, 12:53:09 pm »


Robert,
I didn't realise you made that much fuel!

Since I began making Bio Diesel I have produced something north of 18,000 gallons.  Saved a bunch of money!  8)
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Re: Wood burning truck!
« Reply #541 on: July 14, 2014, 01:16:27 pm »
 Thats a lot of fuel, did you put the difference aside to buy a Ferrary  ???
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Re: Wood burning truck!
« Reply #542 on: July 15, 2014, 08:16:51 am »
Not particularly fond of Ferraris.  Too loud and not really practical for much.
I did acquire a number of woodworking tools and put a good bit of the saved dinero into a 28x40 addition to my barn that will provide a climate controlled space for woodworking.  When the addition is finished I will post some pics in my wannabe thread.
Don't hold your breath waiting for me to finish.  It is but one of the many projects going on around here.  smile_juggle
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Re: Wood burning truck!
« Reply #543 on: July 15, 2014, 07:59:51 pm »
Onewithwood, Can you run your bio diesel in colder weather?

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Re: Wood burning truck!
« Reply #544 on: July 16, 2014, 01:17:58 pm »
Yes, I run bio diesel most of the year.  I start blending with petro diesel when the temps fall below 35F and run straight petro when the temps are consistently below 20F.  During a 'normal' winter that means running straight petro d for a couple of weeks.
I put off road petro in my tractor, crawler and mini-excavator December thru February just to make sure there are no issues should the temps take a nose-dive and I need them to start.  The F-350 lives in a garage so I can risk the bio better in cold weather.
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Re: Wood burning truck!
« Reply #545 on: July 20, 2014, 04:59:55 am »
  Hi Paul ,Thanks for sharing the video of the Threshers meetup these are always interesting. Those old machines got the job done!!

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Re: Wood burning truck!
« Reply #546 on: April 10, 2017, 10:43:56 am »
Thank you Paul for this post.
I spent my morning reading it instead of getting some work done. I was glad to see pics of Wayne Keith and Ron L. in here as well as the wood gas meet up. I was there the last 3 years and it's an amazing weekend. They are the best bunch of people a guy could meet. At last years meet up, Ron hooked up a turbo to his truck. It had some bugs to work out but it seem to take care of the loss of power.
Great strides have been made in the recent years with driving on wood from Wayne and others on the driveonwood.com site.
I built a mini Wayne Keith gasifier for my 15hp Sears riding lawnmower. I used it to process wood for the gasifier and generate electricity. Fun stuff.
I am curious if you still drive your truck and if so, what do you use to process your wood?
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Re: Wood burning truck!
« Reply #547 on: April 11, 2017, 11:51:25 pm »
Hi Bill,

It's been ten years since I built my first gasifier and I still drive the truck.It's insured and is in the driveway with a new windshield and ready to go. I've started a second gasifier according to Ben Petersen's plans and really like the design with all the heat exchange and recycling. I am close to completion of the gasifier itself but still have another couple days cutting and welding. It will power a 35 HP tractor.

I still process the wood chunks with a hatchet and a tall chopping block and have many miles of driving stored up in burlap sacks under a shed roof.(I like to unwind after work by chopping) We own a saw shop in town and we cut 2" rounds in the test log and I bring them home for fuel and Magikmikey also has brought me a couple loads from his processor he built.
Mike also built me a cool charcoal grinder with a trommel that cleans and sorts the charcoal into 3 differend sizes for our charcoal tractor.

I might someday build a new gasifier for the truck but in the meantime it works just fine.I look in at DOW once in awhile and am glad there is finally a good woodgas forum for more normal everyday people to become builders builders.
 
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Re: Wood burning truck!
« Reply #548 on: April 13, 2017, 07:36:40 am »
Thanks for your response Paul.
Glad to hear the truck is still on the road. You say your truck is insured. Does that mean the insurance company knows it runs on wood gas? Some of the guys on DOW have had problems with insurance companies once they found out.
I would love to see what you are building for your tractor. I have a IH 340 Utility I want to run on wood. I will hook up my stationary unit to it soon to see how it does.
Here is the wood processor I made for my gasifiers.


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Re: Wood burning truck!
« Reply #549 on: April 13, 2017, 07:36:45 pm »
That is one cool wood eating machine!! And powered by woodgas too, how cool is that!?
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Re: Wood burning truck!
« Reply #550 on: April 13, 2017, 09:18:30 pm »
Nice chunker, compact and neat and tidy!
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Re: Wood burning truck!
« Reply #551 on: May 15, 2017, 02:02:34 pm »
Morning Paul.

Joan and I are likely passing through Enderby later in June. Will bring donuts.
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Re: Wood burning truck!
« Reply #552 on: May 15, 2017, 10:36:01 pm »
I look forward to seeing you guys again
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Re: Wood burning truck!
« Reply #553 on: November 08, 2017, 09:07:34 pm »
WOW! What a great post. I've read bits and pieces here and there, but I just read the entire post between last night and today and what a great read it was. The only downfall is that some of the links are no longer in existence, but I'm sure there are new and possibly more sites about this stuff to be seen.
Our summer kid and I have discussed doing this to an old '77 1/2 ton with a straight six in it that I have. We'll see how that plays out.

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Re: Wood burning truck!
« Reply #554 on: November 09, 2017, 10:12:44 am »
Keep in mind, you lose some power with woodgas.  I typically hear 2/3 to 70% of the power from gasoline is had running wood gas.

This makes a 300 Ford a better choice than a 225 Dodge from the power perspective.  Part of why I got a truck with the 460.   ;)
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Re: Wood burning truck!
« Reply #555 on: November 09, 2017, 10:59:01 am »
justallan1,
The power loss is generally around 30%. On a hill the power loss is very noticeable but you learn to drive accordingly. The newer designs like Wayne Keith\s and Ben Petersen's recover more gas faster through heat recycling and insulation.
The MEN gasifier still works pretty good once temps are up in the gasifier.

TKehl,you are correct,a 300 six is a good choice and bigger is even better.  I look forward to seeing your progress.

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Re: Wood burning truck!
« Reply #556 on: November 10, 2017, 04:04:13 pm »
Can you guys steer me towards any pre-made plans for a 300 six cylinder, made by someone that you can trust has done a good job building these things....Please.
Whether it actually happens or it's something that I read up on, I think just learning about it would be great.
I've watched a bunch of videos and read a little, but there are just to many unknowns for me to just dive in with zero knowledge.
Thanks in advance.

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« Reply #557 on: November 10, 2017, 04:06:32 pm »
ANNND...would it be smart to build one of these things on a smaller scale first to just get a better grasp of what's going on, say maybe big enough to run a 5 HP engine?

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« Reply #558 on: November 10, 2017, 11:33:41 pm »
Wood gasifiers for small engines are at least as hard to build as one for larger engines but a charcoal gasifier is quite simple and will encourage you. They are fairly quick to make and will help you better understand running engines on wood..
Gary Gilmore has a few good vids on youtube and we have a couple charcoal threads on this board also.

http://www.forestryforum.com/board/index.php/topic,81327.0.html

These produce dangerous carbon monoxide so don't run the units in a garage,otherwise it's just fine.

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« Reply #559 on: November 11, 2017, 07:36:07 am »
Thanks Paul.
You hit the nail on the head as to why I would want to build a small one, to build confidence and mainly to better understand the whole thing a bit better.

Edit, after hitting the link I find out it shows the site that I just found last night that seems to be a real decent starting point. LOL
Thanks again.