5 Comments to “Wood Gasification and an Earthship”

  1. jim mason

    Jan 25th, 2010

    i have to admit it's terribly enjoyable reading about your adventure. great work and fun all of you.

    if you decide you want to build one of the gasifiers, we'd love to help. i'm the guy behind the gek gasifier. the forum where the things happen is here: http://www.gekgasifier.com/forums/index.php

    come bother us and we'll get you welding, then making power soon there after.

    jim
    jim_at_allpowerlabs(dot)org

  2. Chris

    Jan 27th, 2010

    Jim,

    I initially investigated gasification about ten years ago. Back then there was very little available though I got the FEMA manual and was keen to give it a try. Unfortunately, making a living got in the way …

    I’ve been looking at the gek gasifier over the last six months. It is very impressive; you guys are producing a standardized unit, and a community is growing up around it that will hopefully lead to further innovation.

    My plan is to build a small, stationary gasification power plant to provide the electricity for our new home.

    Itching to start welding soon,

    Chris

  3. shane

    Jan 27th, 2010

    Chris,
    wood gasifier? Sounds intriguing. We need to get together soon so I can pick your brain. I'm struggling to settle on a wood energy system for our place, but none of the currently available systems really make long term sense.

    Shane

  4. Sandra

    Jan 28th, 2010

    Hi Shane, we need to get together with you and Siobhan soon! It's been too long. Had a lovely email from Jen..hopefully she received my reply and will set up a time to come by and see everything. My brother said he saw an article about her and Rowan in the paper…I'm intrigued. I lost all my email addresses when my laptop decided it was of better use as my doorstop…drop me a line at sandra@northriverloghomes.com so I have the emails again! Chris would love to talk gasifiers with you…he is pretty pumped…

  5. Anonymous

    Jan 31st, 2010

    WOOD IS GOOD.

    wood over all is a great energy source for sevearl reasons.
    wood is freely available to any one, and is carbon neutral so is great for the environment IF used properly….many people give wood a bad rap because steriotipicaly wood smooks alot…this is only true if the appliance is not used properly…I sell EPA woodstoves and have 18 years as a chimney sweep, technolgy has com along way in the last ten years, wood stoves through a simple secondary air supply reburns the smoke before it enters the chimney. The effects are no smoke, no creasoote buildup so no chimney fires, and as a result the fuel use is cut up to half…some old stoves would use 5-7 cord over a season….EPA stoves use 2-3 cord to produce the same amount of heat.

    Gasifacation is the future and the future is now…much of Europe is switching coal power plants to wood, shipping wood waste from northamerica. England has millions of small comunities…many of them converting to (Very, very , very clean burning) minature gasification plants for their heat, hot water, and even electriciy all rooled into one. Hear in north america capitalism rules the roost as governments and corporations don't want us sheaple to have clean free energy so this technolgy is all but unheard of. http://www.woodenergyltd.co.uk/prod2/smoke-control-areas.ashx

    I would like to see locals form a gasifacation club in which we pool our resources and ideas together….there is real potential

    coments: cantransam@aol.com


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