Wood gas generators have, satisfactorily, received far more attention in the past several months than at any time before.
Not surprisingly, as the global financial 'issues' remain persistent, consumers of all backgrounds have grown increasingly interested in alternative energy production in-an-attempt to further ease some of
their annual expenses.
One-of the many ways to do so—lower one's expenses—is to drastically alter/improve upon the some of the highest costs incurred in our lives.
Thus, naturally, electric bills (especially during the Summer), account for a large portion of our monthly recurring charges.
For those who may not be totally familiar with wood gas generators, we'll now delve-into the basic functionality + introduce variant suggestions as to build your own generator.
Essentially, wood gas generators produce amazing amounts of power by vaporizing, processing, and transferring 'wood-gas;' i.e., the actual emissions generated by burning wood at very high temperatures.
This seemingly primitive process is, in fact, quite sophisticated, and can be of tremendous benefit in more-ways-than-one.
For starters, by mastering the composition, utilization of a wood gas generator, one not only increases self-sufficiency, but, also decreases excessive reliance on less-than-optimal utility services.
The (positive) environmental ramifications of transforming the ways by which energy is produced, can prove invaluable over a relatively short period of time.
As with most alternative energy system(s), wood gas generators are by no means perfect; however, as the skills of the individual(s) responsible for building them increase, so will the overall performance in result.
Nowadays, generators for home use are as common—and necessary—as conventional ovens, refrigerators, security systems, etc.
(Meaning: quality, well-made, home generators are essential components of a modern, safe, comfortable house-hold.)
To further explore the different varieties of these generators, and some of the most effective methods to construct one, we'll lay-out the requisite processes as follows...
In order to safely build your own generator—whether it be wood gas or otherwise—it's important to initially grasp the fundamental requirements of electric power generation, in general. With respect to standard, mechanical,
electric generators the two (2) most important components of these machines are:
(a) Engine (motor);
In this type of equipment, the motor creates the necessary (mechanical) energy, which, in turn, is converted to electrical energy by the alternator.
(Identical to how a car functions: The battery initiates the 'jump' required to 'spark' the plugs, which then starts the car.)
Again, this represents the standard processes for mechanical generators; however, for wood gas generators, obviously, there are no engines, or alternators.
So, in this case, the engine is replaced by fire (the all-important mechanical energy needed), and, the alternator, is actually an elaborate system of valves, tubes, fans, and 'fumes.'
In order to effectively build your own generator, at a bare minimum, it will require two (2) relatively large—approximately 50 gallon—drums.
Additionally, as aforementioned, no less than 20 feet of copper tubing (with valve mechanisms) will be required as well.
In order to most accurately determine 'how much' of the requisite materials necessary for one's ambition(s), it should first be determined what role the generator will perform once built.
Moreover, wood gas can be, if fabricated well enough, exemplary generators for home use.
Frequently, seasoned builders will construct a complex setup, implement elaborate tubing systems, and power multiple components both inside the home, and out.
If one's ultimate aspirations are to build your own wood gas generators for home use, then the elementary overview provided in this article will be a
good point-of-reference (for novices.)
Although, given the advanced level of skill, craftsmanship, experience needed to fabricate home generators, further study should be of the utmost priority.
Notwithstanding the more elaborate process of building generators for home use, the ultimate benefits thereof will continue to serve its user(s) for many months-to-come.
On that note, now is an excellent opportunity to discuss a matter that takes precedence over all others in regards to power equipment of any kind—wood gas generators for home use included: SAFETY.
Please, do NOT attempt to build your own generator, fabricate/construct wood gas generators, or, service/modify generators for home use unless You have retained sufficient training, certification to do so!