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http://www.pinterest.com/pin/513973376195167774/

I was blow away when I was riding in a truck powered by wood.
 
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Check out driveonwood.com. Wayne Keith gets about "5200 miles per cord" of hard wood in his Dodge Dakota. This equates to roughly 1.3 miles per pound. Understand that these systems convert solid wood into a combustible gas real time (there is no "tank of wood gas"). NOTE: I watched the video, so clearly your reference to a "tank of wood gas" was in jest. The truck conversion looks excellent. Please try to get your friend to discuss his truck here. Looks like a classic Keith-style conversion.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JlNACAEa3vo
 
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Hi,

You are right on, that is driveonwood.com is where I met Sparky the owner of the truck. Keith and Sparky both are masters of wood gas, and was an honour to see his truck in action.

BTW he reports in the video about 50 - 70 miles on a load of the hopper, which is amazing in my mind.

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Mart Hale wrote:
BTW he reports in the video about 50 - 70 miles on a load of the hopper, which is amazing in my mind.

Cheers.


Wow. These guys are getting close to making wood gas practical for automotive use. I'd be interested in any details you can offer on Sparky's system - especially the hearth region of the gasifier unit. Personally, I'd rather have one of these wood gas trucks than a modern electric vehicle.
 
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Marcos Buenijo wrote:
Mart Hale wrote:
BTW he reports in the video about 50 - 70 miles on a load of the hopper, which is amazing in my mind.

Cheers.


Wow. These guys are getting close to making wood gas practical for automotive use. I'd be interested in any details you can offer on Sparky's system - especially the hearth region of the gasifier unit. Personally, I'd rather have one of these wood gas trucks than a modern electric vehicle.



I offer this. Sparky is brilliant. He has taken the designs of Wayne Keith and has tweaked them a bit.

I have bought the designs from Wayne Keith, and it was well worth the money. He gives a manual, and a book and several videos on step by step of how the designs are built.

This is not a weekend build, but Wayne has put well over 200,000 miles on so he KNOWS, what he is talking about.

I see there is a good deal of maintenance required for this, change of oil at each 1,000 miles, and clean out of the filters. So there is some work involved....

But that aside, I do both Wayne, and Sparky are the goto guys for doing this the right way. It may just look like two boxes on the back of a truck, but these guys have taken it to the next level.

I got the plans for backup, if things go wonky, I will then have friends build it. In the mean time, I watch craigslist for those who are selling their old units.

Cheers.
 
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