Wood Gas Wizard

Would you believe wood chunks can power a truck? Take a ride with Wayne Keith, who uses wood gas to fuel everything from daily driving to heavy-duty farm work to breaking speed records.



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There’s a wood gasification sensation in Alabama, where Wayne Keith hasn’t used more than a few gallons of gasoline since 2004, thus saving about $40,000.
PHOTO: RICHARD FREUDENBERGER
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A homemade “wood chunker” (made from the remains of an old truck) slices scrap wood.
RICHARD FREUDENBERGER
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The world’s fastest wood gas truck: 73+ mph.
RICHARD FREUDENBERGER
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The wood chunks that power Wayne Keith’s trucks.
RICHARD FREUDENBERGER
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From right: gasifier, heat exchanger, filter.
RICHARD FREUDENBERGER
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There’s no shortage of power or towing capacity in wood gas trucks.
WAYNE KEITH
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PVC piping directs the cooled and filtered wood gas to the engine.
RICHARD FREUDENBERGER
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Wood gas trucks! From left: ’95 Dodge Ram 2500 V10; ’84 Ford F250 V8; ’93 Dodge Dakota V8; ’92 Dakota V8 (conversion in progress).
WAYNE KEITH
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“The big plus for me — beyond the clean driving and financial benefits — is being dependent on no one but myself for fuel.” — Wayne Keith
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