Chris Saenz, Wood Gasification Aficionado
Name: Chris Saenz
Occupation(s): Web developer, author, musician, mechanic, welder, wood gasser
Location: Frankfort, Kentucky
Background: Chris has researched and pursued many forms of green energy since 2007 when he read an article in MOTHER EARTH NEWS about a wood-powered truck from the 1980s. Intrigued by this, he tried building his own gasifiers, and found out how challenging it can be.
Since Chris’ first run-in with wood gas, he has partnered with the premier wood gas driver in the United States, Wayne Keith. Together, they run the Drive On Wood website, which helps wood gassers worldwide to share knowledge and build gasifiers with proven designs. Today, Chris proudly drives a wood-powered truck for his daily transportation.
Personal History: Chris spent seven years on a homestead in central Kentucky, where his family raised cows, pigs, sheep, chickens, guineas, cats and dogs — and grew a market garden. Ultimately, his goal of eating well and living simply has carried forward into urban life. He also plays bluegrass country and old-time music in multiple local bands, and sings harmony duets with his dad.
Chris is a steam nut, as well, and regrets having missed the golden age of steam engines by nearly a century. Whether they will ever come back is hard to say, but there’s nothing he’d like more than a ride in a Doble steamer.
Current Projects: Building a solar kiln, making a wood chunker, building a new gasifier
Other Fun Facts: Of all the state capitols, Frankfort is the fourth smallest. (That contest was lost to Maine, South Dakota and Vermont.) The small-town feel is wonderful, and carries a great sense of community.
Click here to find all of Chris Saenz’s MOTHER EARTH NEWS blog posts.
More Places to Find Chris on the Web:
Drive On Wood wood gas website
Eat More Chili blog
Ridgewood Boys Music