I decided to launch this blog to accommodate my new website “miniwoodgas.com” in the hopes of motivating others who have built working gasifiers to share their data with others who may be wanting to try this for themselves. Thanks, Flash001USA

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  1. Bill W. NH Hbbyloggr says:

    The day begins with soft cello music in the background, the sun about to peek through the trees. The predawn breeze shimmers the leaves as the music builds intensity.
    It is the day we have all been waiting. A new dawn, a new bug bitten wood gas victim is about to wander into the shop as a willing subject, soon to become a convert, one of the chosen few to unlock the secrets of the sweet wood tea.
    He shall have is pockets filled with precious chunks of Butt Cut puzzle pieces upon his initiation. His palms pushed into the puddle of post gasification wood tea. He will smell his fingers with pride, knowing the release of pure energy was good, magical and he now shares the power to turn the key to unlock the chest filled with volts and watts. Amps be unto you who believe. Before you lies the freedom from the grid. Now go forth and set forth a flurry of hatchet swings, chunk wood and bring peace to your soul.

    Anonymous Hbbyloggr

  2. Joe Papa says:

    Just thought I’d share the link to a short update. The are a lot of details that I would have liked to put in this video, but I know it would take a couple of weeks till I get the time to get the editing done. So this is more of a teaser video right now. https://youtu.be/Y-deFXS5vcs

  3. Hi Guys,
    Thanks for the quick response! I have started to construct the hearth and wanted to make sure the fire cone dimension were capable of supporting a 20HP (12KW) generator. I found a sweet deal on a slightly used generator that was hard to pass up! I do see in Flash’s videos that he is using a 5 HP engine and his design should support up to a 15HP generator. He mentions increasing the size of the air intake nozzle (1/2” to ¾”) and the reduction zone cone for the size of engine that you plan to run. Any recommendations on the reduction zone cone would be greatly appreciated. I know there is a chart for the sizing of the FEMA burn tub to engine size, does such a chart exist for the Imbert style gasifier?

    I also did not see the thickness of steel used to make the reduction zone cone called out. I assume it is 1/8”.
    Al

    • Hi Allen Flash (Mike) here. When I built this design a lot of it was trial and error and The true upper end of the gasifier may be closer to 12.5 Hp. Bill (NH Hbbyloggr) has tested larger engines so you may want to pick his brain too. I’ll be more than glad to give you as much feedback as I can if you need it. Good luck with the build.

  4. Al Fraser says:

    Hello Everyone, first off I wanted to thank Flash for building this web site. I know that making all the videos and compiling all this information on wood gasification and no easy task. I would also like to thank all the other Wood Gaser for contributing and sharing their knowledge. I have watched all the videos at least once and read through the blog. This was very educational, thanks again! I have heard mention of a PDF file of drawing of the Flashifier. Would it be possible to get a copy of this file? If possible could someone email it to me at afraser@metrocast.net. I have started to gather the materials needed to build a Flashifier and think these drawings would aid in the process.
    Hi Bill, I live in central New Hampshire and would love to pay you a visit and see your gasifier. Please let me know if that would be possible. Al

    • Bill Weigle says:

      Hi Al, and welcome. We have all had good success with Flash001USA’s basic design. Everyone building one of these has modified their rig to suit their needs and have lived to tell about it here on the Blog. There are a couple of other builders with different designs but as we know ” all roads lead to Rome “.
      At the moment my gasifier is apart being modified , though all the components are here waiting their turn for restoration. You are more than welcome to come have a look, share your story and I’m sure we can be of help if you need it. I’m hoping to be back together in a month but there are forces out there competing for my time. That said, all I have to do is weld on one pipe and I can stitch it all back together to demonstrate a run for you. I would be happy to do that. Where in the Granite State do you live? Send me your Email address to hbbyloggr@gmail.com and I’ll tell you our address. Basically we are 20 miles west of Manchester. Even if it is not running there is plenty to show to help you get started.
      Give me a heads up in a week or so and I’ll make sure it is operational for you.–Bill NH Hbbyloggr

    • Mark says:

      Hey there Al and welcome. Bill contacted me and told me of a new victim on mimiwoodgas. I will send you the PDF files later this afternoon after I get finished with my dirty deeds for the day. I will send them in 3 to 4 e-mails as there are like 12 separate pages. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
      Mark

    • Joe Papa says:

      Welcome Al. I think between Flash’s videos and the pdf’s and a little time reviewing the details, it will all be very clear. If you do have any trouble, all of us will offer help. Just remember we like pictures and videos so keep us posted. Let us know if you need anything. Joe

  5. Unique3 says:

    Hi Everyone,
    So I’ve been buried with work and spring tasks at my lot so I had shelved starting my gassifier until the fall.
    Completely unrelated to woodgas I was looking into a still for making …. water. I stumbled across an article about distilling methanol from wood. Where I am distilling fuel is legal.
    I started thinking about switching my power focus from a gassifier to a methanol plant. Then instead of having to startup the gassifier every day to charge my batteries I could run the methanol plant periodcaly (monthly maybe) and build up a reserve to run the generator. Then the generator could even be started automatically when needed even when I am not there, something that is not possible with a gassifier.

    Another added benefit is for methanol production the smaller the wood pieces the better so running on wood chips is ideal. This means wood production should be easier given my potential fuel source (logging slash piles)

    Has anyone else looked into creating methanol for running their generator on? Would love some feedback even if its that you think I’m crazy.
    Thanks

    • Joe Papa says:

      You could check out the all power labs videos. I do believe they are doing some research on gas to liquid fuel. Here is the link . https://youtu.be/KFtrhz47K3Y I’m not sure if this is what you are referring to , but I knew I saw this so I thought I’d share it. Joe

    • Mark says:

      I have all the parts and pieces to make a still as well for making………water………
      Actually, I have 16 big batteries on my solar system that need it and had thought about making hooch to see how it works in one of my spare engines. I know that during prohibition, the moonshiners would run the hooch in their tanks for a boost to outrun the Feds that were chasing them. That is also where NASCAR kind of got it’s start. Think Junior Johnson. But in today’s engines with the rubber parts in the carbs and the valve material ( think unleaded fuel compared to leaded), it may be a problem. But, if you are planning on having solar out at your place, a still is not a bad thing to have for your battery bank. Beats buying distilled water.

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