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Grant Fulcher
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How can I find a generator that runs on ethanol or modify one to do so? Any info is greatly appreciated!


To introduce myself since this is my first post I will say this forum is great! Wonderful knowledge, I have a aquaponic system in my greenhouse, meat rabbits and quail for GMO free meats and a worm farm under the rabbit pins for fish supplements along with BSF larva, trying to get where Im not buying pellets but not there yet. Just finished learning how a rocket stove can heat my greenhouse and produce ethanol!
 
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Grant, I don't see ethanol as a good choice for stationary power generation... unless you happen to have a vast supply of very cheap fermentable sugars. If that's the case, then please share with us what you've got going on. If not, then there are many options that you should find preferable to ethanol.

Please share your experiences with meat rabbit/quail/vermiculture in the other sections.
 
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Grant Fulcher : I too want to Know where you are getting your ethanol, For trading purposes its worth at least $10.00 U.S. per Quart, and you want to burn it up with gasoline less than $4.00 a gallon U.S. - I'm not Trolling -I just want to know ! thanks Allen L.
 
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Grant Fulcher : I originally came to this forum page intrigued by the Title, I was going to suggest that you might want to check out the use of butanol in I.C.Engines, but drifted off of the subject, I would like to read more on this subject, share when you get a chance ! - Pyro - maticly yours, Allen L.
 
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Thanks for all the reply's. I will start educating myself on alternative fuels as mentioned above to run a generator on. Alcohol can be a gas by david blume is convincing book that its a great back up, cheap and easy to produce like Brazil is implementing. I just want to be able to heat my greenhouse if the power and gas are off. Probably going with a natural gas/ propane one to start with. In an urban setting is it possible to produce butanol? Thanks for the lead, i will research it.
 
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Grant Fulcher wrote:Thanks for all the reply's. I will start educating myself on alternative fuels as mentioned above to run a generator on. Alcohol can be a gas by david blume is convincing book that its a great back up, cheap and easy to produce like Brazil is implementing. I just want to be able to heat my greenhouse if the power and gas are off. Probably going with a natural gas/ propane one to start with.


If you have lots of cheap fermentable sugars, then making your own ethanol is not unreasonable. However, it should best be used as an automotive fuel to replace expensive liquid fuels (gasoline and diesel) - or used to make cocktails. For heating applications, natural gas is the best option if you have it available. The natural gas distribution system is very reliable. The best backup to natural gas that I can think of for heating a green house would be a rocket mass heater fueled by wood waste. See zaugstoves.com for one commercial example.

The following are some fuels for powering a stationary generator that I consider to be practical possibilities. The best options depend on what you have available and whether or not you're totally off grid or just looking for back up power:

-vegetable oil/biodiesel
-ethanol
-natural gas
-propane
-gasoline
-diesel
-wood
 
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