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jacob ford
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i am really super interested in how hemp would perform in a gasifier setup. its legal in oregon now.
 
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Jacob Ford : I will go all traditional on you and then see if I can talk myself out of a corner !

Because it would seem that the most efficient way to convert a bio-mass to bio-gas would be to have as a feed stalk a super dense material, so as to produce the
greatest amount of Bio-gas per each single operation I would tend to go with a hard wood, then a soft wood then any kind of a plant, excluding bamboo as not worth
the work !

Using ether coppicing or pollarding of selected tree species I would be able to harvest more bio-mass with rotational harvesting than I believe you would get with
yearly harvesting of Hemp ! Obviously any helpful books on harvest size for Hemp are going to be long out of print !

After the second rotational coppicing of your hardwood the individual stout saplings will be surprisingly uniform in size and straight , cutting them and sizing them then
for loading as a Biomass to bio-gas production run should be straight forward !

So After the gassier is up to temperature the biggest deciders on the amount of gas produced will be the amount (By weight) of material loaded and whether you are
going to stop a production run to save charcoal for an other time, or as Bio-char, or allow production run to burn the charcoal as a precursor to more Bio-gas production

I can see where something like a chopped and bailed hemp product might prove to have in its mass a perfect amount of potential Energy as feedstock perfectly sized
for a production run scaled to a given task, and possibly a mixed load could also prove its value !

There are several members here at Permies who have experimented with woody bio-mass but you truly will be breaking new ground ! For the Crafts ! Big AL
 
jacob ford
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well i am going to try it, we have 8 or so acres of timber on the property we are moving to as well so if hemp doesn't cut it the gasifier will still be used.

the lead singer of dead kennedy's Jello Biafra said in one of his spoken word tracks back in the day you can get more methanol from hemp than corn, and i learned that henry ford grew fields of hemp and intended for all cars to run off it.

i dont know if im related to henry ford, but we have the same surname, how appropriate that i should take an interest.

it is going to be a while till i can get this started , we are just about to move there, but i plan to frequent this website as i just found it today.

thanks
 
jacob ford
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XJZPu1iGiTY <<Jello Biafra - grow more pot (he's talking more about hemp)
 
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Industrial hemp is legal to grow in some countries, there may be up to date literature.
 
jacob ford
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im diving into this headfirst and believe me im going to scour the internet and book world about this. i think its one of the most worthwile things to try. it was done during the great depression, ww2, and the 70's during a gas shortage. since i hate fracking and oil wars i cant think of a more worthy project, especially if it proves to others it can be done.
 
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