GEK Licensing. Below you will find all instructions for fabricating, assembling and running the GEK gasifier and Power Pallet. The instructions support a variety of paths-- from complete DIY wood gas plans for scrap tank hacks , to assembling and firing the various complete gasifier kits offered by ALL Power Labs. CAD drawings, plumbing inventories, hearth dimensions, and associated support materials are provided in detail to enable your gasifier building and operation. All resources are divided by version, so make sure you are working with the most recent one.
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Plans for the Keith gasifier are available from Drive On Wood. Save yourself a lot of time and effort with Wayne Keith's proven gasification system. Get special access to Premium content and see the details for yourself! Visit the store. Here are some free plans to get you started. Also, don't miss these other free PDF downloads. Free plans put out by FEMA. Great for a weekend "lets see if this actually works" project.
NOTE: this is an emergency-use design - stratified gasifiers are known tar makers, placing your engine at risk. Best used for flares and heating applications. A taste of Ben Peterson's excellent plans. This gasifier is designed for a small stationary engine, like a generator. You get the schematic and general overview for free. If you want step-by-step plans you'll need to buy his book, available at www. A very easy to build charcoal gasifier designed by Gary Gilmore.
Works well for backup generators and most small engines. Make a woodgas camp stove! Get your feet wet with gasification and build this cute little stove using tin cans. Design by Arthur Noll. The team at Mother powered a truck back in , read the articles here and here. You can contact them for the plans. OK, it's not free - but it's pretty cheap. A well documented build is here , videos here. Raymond Rissler's classic design from One of the few gasifier designs that uses sawdust for fuel.
Jim Mason's design. He makes the plans freely available, so you can build one straight from the CAD files. Backup power or primary off-grid - whatever your situation, woodgas can make you more independent. The above mentioned designs can be adapted to a smaller setup. We have a subforum dedicated to small engines. Large generators will be more like automotive applications, with some added automation to keep things running smoothly. Cruising the freeways is a part of the American Dream, but it's much more affordable when you're burning scrap lumber instead of gasoline!
The ideal vehicle is a Dodge Dakota with a V8 engine. Wayne Keith has extensively developed gasifiers for this breed of trucks, and his gasifier design can easily keep pace with freeway traffic, even towing a small trailer for extra wood. A caution about these vehicles. Gasifiers can be designed for any size engine, from a lawnmower all the way to industrial power stations. But vehicles present a challenge - the gasifier must perform well from idle right to full throttle.
This great difference in demand is referred to as the "turndown ratio". A huge gasifier might power a heavy truck at speed, but not produce good gas at an idle. A small gasifier will idle great - but at the top end you will run short of power. The Keith gasifier is designed to produce a moderate amount of power about 90 HP - plenty to move you down the road in a light truck, and still small enough to idle well. Even with the highest turndown ratio of any gasifier made, we're pushing the limits.
Wayne has run a gasified 8L V10 Dodge Ram on his farm for the past two years, with no issues. Farm work is mostly below 30 MPH. Heavy trailers are no problem at this speed. Plenty of folks want a wood powered truck to haul a 5th wheel or heavy trailer down the interstate. This may not work out well. Aside from the issue of wood storage in this situation, it's likely to require more power than the current systems can produce. In this situation, you can consider hybrid driving, where the main fuel is wood but gasoline is used to supplement the extra power.
You will still see a major cost savings, and the vehicle will perform well on pure woodgas when the load is removed. Free Gasifier Plans. Home Library Free Gasifier Plans.
Our intent was to provide a LEGO kit of gasification to spark new work and new conversation in the relatively uneventful field of biomass thermal conversion. Over the following years we were amazed at the interest these kits generated globally, and the acceleration of collaborative research and knowledge exchange that followed. We ultimately found that a gasifier based power generation system—one that actually delivers on its value proposition—requires an integration of components and high level automation that a raw DIY kit cannot provide. Thus for years we have said no to the continuing requests for these kits, and instead directed people to our full power generation systems. The new GEK Gasifier kit is a complete gas making system: from fuel feed through filter, with all controlled by our full automation and mixing system from the Power Pallet.
Free Gasifier Plans
This project is entered in the Craftsman contest, if you like this project I hope you will consider voting for it. Just click the "Honda Accord" link above to go to the main project, then click the "Vote Now" button. Note: The following fabrication instructions assume you already have cut out or otherwise acquired the necessary sheetmetal vessel tubes, flanges, plumbing parts and other accessories. If you have yet to do this, return to the main project Instructable and finish your prep work before continuing from here. The GEK gasifier system consists of the following seven components. We will be building each of these components separately, the returning to the main project Instructable for final assembly and preparation to run.
Building the GEK Gasifier in Seven Parts
Is building a gasifier too difficult? Well you could just buy from a range of gasifier kits. If you have purchased and own any of the gasifier kits below, please contact us with a review to assist others in their research. You may also wish to look at pellet mills or Large Scale Gasification systems.
How to Build and Run the GEK Gasifier