This site is primarily comprised of the information found in a 1989 FEMA document approved for public release entitled “Construction of a Simplified Wood Gas Generator for Fueling Internal Combustion Engines in a Petroleum Emergency”. While researching the topic, I found many individuals referenced this document and I thought it worthwhile to adapt the content for a website which could then be fully searchable, sharable and preserved in a more web-friendly format.
For myself, this website will serve as a roadmap for my brother and I, as we take our maiden voyage into constructing a gasifier, documenting our successes and failures, sharing our research findings and links to folks who are re-blazing a trail that was lost sometime just after World War II. Ultimately, I hope this website is useful in fueling a community interested in alternative energy technology long forgotten.
Cheers and best of luck in all your endeavors!
Below is an excerpt of the above mentioned FEMA report
“Construction of a Simplified Wood Gas Generator for Fueling Internal Combustion Engines in a Petroleum Emergency”
This report is one in a series of emergency technology assessments sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The purpose of this report is to develop detailed, illustrated instructions for the fabrication, installation and operation of a biomass gasifier unit (i.e., a “producer gas” generator, also called a “wood gas” generator) that is capable of providing emergency fuel for vehicles, such as tractors and trucks, in the event that normal petroleum sources were severely disrupted for an extended period of time. These instructions have been prepared as a manual for use by any mechanic who is reasonably proficient in metal fabrication or engine repair.