Something I didn't see here

Discussion in 'Energy & Electricity' started by Sam, Jan 7, 2009.

  1. Sam

    Sam Well-Known Member

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    Any of you ever used a wood/coal gas generator to operate an IC engine?

    Sam
     
  2. TechAdmin

    TechAdmin Administrator Staff Member

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    I haven't. Seen one in person before?
     

  3. Sam

    Sam Well-Known Member

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    I have.
    Pretty interesting gadgets. Throttle response is poor but livable.
    For stationary engines they are great.

    A design paid for by our tax dollars: :D
    The Gengas Page

    Pretty popular in Europe during WWII also in the Pacific Island areas with minimal fuel supplies

    Sam
     
  4. Sam

    Sam Well-Known Member

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    Yep,
    pretty handy way to run an IC engine on wood, sawdust, sheep manure, coconut husks and shells.

    Lousy throttle response but in a stationary engine they really shine

    Here is a model designed with our tax dollars
    The Gengas Page

    Sam
     
  5. AgentFlounder

    AgentFlounder fan of analysis

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    Not following what you mean... Do you mean like a steam engine or something? That would be an EC engine (External Combustion) ...
     
  6. Canadian

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    http://static.howstuffworks.com/gif/allies-bomb-northern-nazi-germany-51.jpg

    During world war two when there was NO gasoline at all people in South America did coal conversions to their cars. It worked... Not well... But the cars did go. They got horrible fuel economy. Of course they had no choice because it was all they had.

    Even if all the gas ran out I'd have an even harder time finding charcoal in a great enough quantity to run a car on it. If you lived next to a coal mine maybe. Then again I'd just use the coal to run a steam generator and charge up an electric car instead, Much easier and you'd get power from the generator for other things as well.
     
  7. The_Blob

    The_Blob performing monkey

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    I agree with you on using the coal to run a steam turbine/genny Canadian... but isn't charcoal made from wood?
     
  8. Canadian

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    I say charcoal because in my city you can't get any real coal at all. No coal mines around here. And no use for coal. People do use charcoal for their BBQ so that's all there is around here.
     
  9. Sam

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    You do not need coal/charcoal.
    Sheep crap, wood, coconut shell, it's all good.

    Sam
     
  10. northernontario

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    Look, and ye shall find...

    Thak Ironworks | Blacksmithing Coal

    Blacksmithing Coal


    I am one of the few suppliers of smithing coal in Canada. This coal comes from Virginia and is in my experience the best forging coal in North America. It is sold in 70 lb bags and is available through us direct or from your local Home Hardware store.


    Ordering through Home Hardware
    Attention Canadian Customers:
    Our coal is available through any Home Hardware in Canada. Having said that it is the discretion of each individual store as to whether or not it is a worthwhile service to offer. Most stores are eager to provide their customers with this unique if somewhat obscure product. In fact most store owners find the concept very quaint. Prices across Canada depend on the location and how far off the beaten track your local store is.

    If you want to order smithing coal through your local Home Hardware, then please follow this procedure exactly:
    Go to your local Home Hardware and ask for the person in charge of purchasing.
    Ask them to contact Todd Cressman's Agricultural Dept. at head office in St. Jacobs, ON (519)664-2252.
    They will be able to advise about price and timing.

    Home Hardware is a massive operation and smithing coal is a very obscure and minuscule portion of their business. Save yourself wasted time by having your Home Hardware rep call Todd's Dept. Directly.

    Ordering from Thak Ironworks
    If you are looking for larger quantities of coal, it is probably better to buy through us directly. Usually for 15 bags or more, it is more economical direct from Thak. My shipping company is fairly reasonable but will charge a service fee of $37.00 to deliver to a residence as opposed to a business. It will also charge a $70.00 fee if you need tailgate delivery. That means having the skid of coal lowered to the ground via the trucks tailgate.

    If your coal can be delivered to a "real" business with a sign, the residential fee does not apply. If your coal can be removed from the truck with a forklift, loading dock, or "hand bombed" by you and not the driver then the tailgate fee does not apply. Shipping quotes are available for any place in Canada, however if you are off main shipping lines, expect extra shipping charges. E-mail shipping address and coal quantity to receive your quote.
    Thanks,
    Thak


    Note, this coal is bituminous not anthracite. Types of anthracite are sometimes called stove or furnace coal and as the name implies suitable for home heating. Blacksmithing coal is much different in structure and not suitable in a wood stove.
     
  11. allen_idaho

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  12. Sam

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    Plans provided at the posted link on page 1. designed specifically to be home built with minimal tools and supplies.
    All bought and paid for with your tax dollars.

    Sam