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#1 Posted : Sunday, October 12, 2008 2:06:24 AM
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In the "Green Transportation" section of motherearthnews.com there is an article about a wood burning truck.

Has anyone applied this technology to fuel an electric generator.

Most offgrid folks have lots of free wood. If it can be used to power the backup generator instead of fossil fuel...



#2 Posted : Sunday, October 12, 2008 2:06:24 AM
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Indeed it has been done by our own magazine MEN no less in 1974,who have come up with some guidelines to get one started in on  this.I believe it's Mother No. 31 'Mothers Backyard Homestead Utility'.Put that in the search box and I believe it'll go right to it.Very  informative.You'll get about 30-40% power out of a common 350 V-8 engine than you would burning gasoline,or around 8-10 kW of electrical power.Once my barn is done thats going to be the first project I tackle.350 v-8's are commonplace and my brother has a 3 phase 10kW electrical generator.One can use any engine and the modifications are'nt too complicated.Best thing too is the engine heat can be used for heating the house!It's another 'secret idea' that the oil industry does'nt want people to know about;a good old idea that they've been trying to sweep under the rug for years.

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