Home-built wood-gas rig

Energy & Sustainability

Nifty video of a home-built “stratified downdraft gasifier,” a.k.a. a wood-gas generator. Wood gasification was an important 19th century fuel technology, but was finally displaced by petroleum-based gas. Wood gas made something of a comeback during WWII, borne of necessity. It may come back again, after the apocalypse, when we need to try and outrun the Main Force Patrol on our way to Thunderdome. Just pray we can stoke enough chairlegs and clapboard to get us all the way to Bartertown.

Gasifier Stove – [Thanks, Patti!] Link

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Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. His free weekly-ish maker tips newsletter can be found at garstipsandtools.com.

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