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Using Wood to Fuel a Generator! (How to Build a Wood Gasifier w/Demonstration)

I made this gasifier a couple of years ago now as a second attempt at the technology. My first attempt had a few bugs. The blower wasn’t able to move enough air, the unit was over-sized for the amount of gas produced, and the gas wasn’t cool enough upon exiting the gasifier, resulting in an unsatisfactory amount of condensate getting to the engine. So in this video, I show you how I built my new and improved homemade gasifier out of parts I could find for little to no cost. I use mine occasionally for generating electricity when the need arises. With this second machine I have been able to reduce the unit size and use what I learned to make the process more efficient. I also chose to stay away from media type filters with this design to practically eliminate maintenance aside from emptying the accumulated liquids in the collection jar. Gasification for use in producing energy has been around for longer than some might realize. Back in the 1800’s, coal was gasified for the production of town gas used for lighting, heating, and cooking. More recently, in WW2, gasifiers were not an uncommon sight to see attached to the backs of cars, trucks, and tractors as a result of the fuel shortages. The technology was soon forgotten because of the inherent convenience of liquid fossil fuels once it was more readily available. The versatility of gasifiers still remain however. Many preparedness minded people are still drawn to them because of the potential for sustainability in a world where fuel might not be as easy to get. I hope you find some interest in this video. I enjoyed building this and I hope you enjoyed seeing it at well. If you’d like more information on this project and gasifiers in general, here is a link to my Instructable page where I cover this in more detail: https://www.instructables.com/How-a-Wood-Gasifier-Works-and-How-I-Built-Mine-Out/ Thank you so much for watching! If you liked this project and would like to others like it, then a “like” would be greatly appreciated, and don’t forget to subscribe! Thank you! -Tate


No, this wasn’t interesting, it was ABSOLUTELY FASCINATING! GREAT JOB, BROTHER.
I would appreciate it if you had plans available for your design. I’m not in the least mechanically inclined but if I had such plans written out in a semi-schematic diagram I think I could build it.
Great job on the video as well, you were very concise and to the point, with excellent camera work and explanations to accompany it.
Thanks so much.

Moose Knuckle
Buddy you have done a better job explaining this process than 99% of the people that try.

Matt Puterio
This is awesome, great build and thank you for taking the time to share. I completely agree that it’s a shame that more people aren’t interested in this, or even know it’s possible. Other than the hazards, specifically CO and just dealing with fire and burning stuff in general, a ready made packaged system could be a great way to efficiently turn yard waste or shredded paper into energy! In the meantime, I have to follow your lead and build something similar. Very cool stuff.