Wood Gasifier … I am Starting to Build It

Wood Gasifier … I am Starting to Build It

Posted by in Earthship, Energy Solutions, Wood gasification on 20. Mar, 2012 | 4 Comments

On a couple of occasions I’ve talked about wood gasification as both a heat source and for electrical power generation (here and here).

On our recent road trip across North America I finally took action and purchased a GEK III (a kit of steel parts and accessories) as the basis for our wood gasifier.  I bought … Read More →

The WVO Conversion: Three Months Later

The WVO Conversion: Three Months Later

Posted by in Energy Solutions, WVO vehicle on 13. Feb, 2012 | 0 Comments

Just thought I would update how the van is doing on waste vegetable oil …

It has been about three months since we have completed the WVO conversion, and an educated guess would say that we have gone about 10,000 km on WVO since then.  Most of this mileage (8000km) was done on our cross country … Read More →

First leg of the journey…

First leg of the journey…

Posted by in Arduino, Technology, WVO vehicle on 11. Jan, 2012 | 1 Comment

Since leaving Darfield on December 16th we have been SO busy!  It is now January 10th and we are in Orlando and I’m just finding time to think about posting.  Part of it was the novelty of being on a true “vacation” again and not wanting to do much else. Another part of our slowness … Read More →

Transportation revisited…

Posted by in Energy Solutions, WVO vehicle on 13. Dec, 2011 | 0 Comments

In all the excitement of getting the Delica outfitted to run on WVO, I completely forgot that we have had some discussion on this blog about transportation and the environment.  It is with some smugness that I direct anybody who  missed it the first time, here.  Back in June 2010 I was lambasted in our … Read More →

Delica WVO Conversion: What I Did

Delica WVO Conversion: What I Did

Posted by in Energy Solutions, WVO vehicle on 10. Dec, 2011 | 0 Comments

This is sort-of-like a Haynes shop manual of the WVO conversion …

This is what the L400 looked like after I first pulled it into the shop and popped the hood.

When I was working on the engine I removed the intercooler, the battery and the air filter.  The intercooler has a number of electrical sensor lines … Read More →

Delica WVO Conversion: the Basics

Delica WVO Conversion: the Basics

Posted by in Energy Solutions, WVO vehicle on 10. Dec, 2011 | 0 Comments

A WVO conversion allows you to burn oil instead of diesel as the fuel that powers a diesel engine.  Diesel engines have a long history of using oil as a fuel.  Most modern ships use diesel engines and run on bunker fuel … bunker fuel is a fancy word for oil.  One of the original … Read More →

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