I’m moving on to bigger and better Places!

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This weeks post will be short as I am announcing that I am moving.  I believe it is in my best interest to move out of the current city I live in. 

I have not mentioned this issue before but over the last few months I’ve had problems with nosy neighbors and city code enforcement. 

I’ve researched the code and apparently everything I want to do is illegal.

Including building this gasifier! Its actually illegal (they will fine you until your broke and then take your house, illegal) to operate a business from a residence. 

I’m fed up with all these ridiculous codes, tired of hiding, and I simply need more space (due to codes forcing me to store vehicles in my garage).

I’ve decided to relocate outside of the city where the neighbors preference doesn’t matter because there isn’t a code enforcement agent paid to listen. My property tax dollars are being used to fund this ridiculousness. 

With that said .. My progress on the gasifier will slow down over the next month or so as i need to spend time packing and getting the house ready for sale.

It will take me some time to relocate all of my supplies and tools.  I have already rented a workshop that will allow me to continue work on the gasifier once the house is sold. I also have s temporary residence until I can find a new home.

I will work on the prototype as much as possible but so far I’ve had little time/energy left at the end of the day. One the house is sold I’ll be back in business quickly.

I realize its not the best situation, but feel I’ve made the right decision to help me reach my end goal of bringing you more useful projects you can build yourself! I appreciate your understanding during this hectic time and look forward to a promising future to come!

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Building A Wood Gasifier Tutorial Series

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I have started to record step by step welding videos to help others understand how I approached welding the 20 gage stainless steel for the wood gasifier.

These videos are by no means all inclusive as welding can be an art more then a science.

I am going to try to show each step of the weld prep / fixture setup. I tried to record myself while welding but it ended up being more difficult then I anticipated. I had a hard time trying to weld while not blocking the camera’s view. I am only a novice welder and had a very hard time welding “out of position” .

Instead I show you the product of my welding after each step (tacking, stitching, final pass) .

I’m not finished with the series but wanted to get these videos out so everyone understands my approach/ progress thus far.

If your interested in welding, fabrications, or building your own gasifier; I believe you will find this series very valuable. I’ve spent thousands of dollars and countless hours of my time to teach myself how to weld… I can speed up the learning process for you by showing you my mistakes and how I corrected them!

I hope everyone is enjoys these videos and learns a little about welding along the way!

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Wood Gasifier – Prototype Build Update 5

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Gasifier updates

You may be wondering what is the current status of the build and why updates are being published further apart.

Well the truth is I’m out of gas… Literally not figuratively .  I’m out of argon and have waited almost 3 weeks for my supply company to get restocked.

Over the holidays I swapped my 80 cu ft argon tank out only to find the valve was damaged.  Basically someone messed the treads and the valve  sealing face up.  Face had gouges in it the treads were stripped.

I attempted to return the cylinder the day after Christmas only to find the shop was closed till Jan 7th.

The leaking bottle barely lasted till then.. On the 7th I attempted to exchange the broken cylinder only to find they didn’t have any.  The only had 20 cu ft tanks so they sent me home with a free one.  I though great this will last til the next shipment comes in… Yeah right! I used that little bottle up in just 3-4 days of welding after work at night!

Since that time I’ve been waiting .. I was told it would be in last week but nothing.  I called them this morning and they still don’t have any full 80 cu ft argon tanks, but they do have an empty one (hopefully not broken one) they will give me so I can exchange it else where.  If the original cylinder wasn’t damaged I would have just exchanged it at another shop.  Soooo.  I should finally be restocked with argon tomorrow and be back in business.

In the mean time I’ve started to cut the circular rings for the vessel flanges and bottoms with my plasma cutter.  The circle cutting jig works great!  There is a bit of a learning curve but once you get the hang of it the circles are almost perfect !

I expect to be finished with the majority of plasma cutting this week! And possibly all of the welding by next week. I can’t believe I’m getting close to assembling and testing the gasifier.

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Bit Coin Tip Jar Now Available – Donations Greatly Appreciated!

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I have been writing this blog for over two years now and I haven’t asked for any financial support. I didn’t want to charge or even accept donations until I could provide more value then prices/ donation would imply.

At first the main purpose of this blog was to document and share the DIY projects I was designing and building.

Two years later I find myself spending most of my free time working on the website, writing blog posts, recording videos or out in the garage building the prototype gasifier.

I believe I have found my passion and am now seeking ways of turning my passion into my career!
My goal is to provide the lowest cost, yet reliable alternative energy products, plans, or consulting services available.

As I am only part way finished with the prototype build I realize I still have much to prove. I hope that my persistence and dedication up to this point shows I am committed and simply WILL NOT QUIT!

 

With that said, I have spent multiple thousands of dollars on the gasifier build already and I still have to finish the gasifier, build a slip roll, and a trailer to mount it on. I could use some financial support to help speed the process along.

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To facilitate this I have decided to add a Bit Coin tip jar on each blog post page. 
If you found the post interesting, helpful, or motivating please consider contributing to the blog by donating Bit Coins. 

What is a Bit Coin you say? Bit Coins are a new type of electronic currency that can be traded for goods, services, or just about anything.  Its an alternate currency to the dollar, so therefore its not subject to the same transaction fees and taxes as the dollar.  If I were to place a Paypal donate button on my site I could literally end up owing paypal for your donations because of transactions fees.

It is completely free to transfer as many (or as little) bitcoins as you want.  Another Benefit is that the transfers are immediate!

 

I understand most people have not yet started to use Bit Coins, but I feel it is a huge step forward and want to encourage others to use it!

How does it work and Why can’t other people just steal my money?

Its works similar to the old bank ledger days.  Before computer banks would hold ledgers (books) which were used to keep track of the balance of each account and the transactions that take place in the account.

Well bitcoin works similarly except that instead of the ledger being held the the bank, everyone who has a bitcoin wallet also has a copy of the leger.  But you can’t read the ledger because every account is encoded with special encryption key (think about it like a bank vault key).  The encryption key is located in your bitcoin wallet (ie on your computer).  Unless your have the encryption (safe) key you can not gain access to the account.

If you want to learn more about Bitcoin Just search Google you will find more info then you will want.

If you want to start using Bit Coins I suggest buying your first coins from CoinBase.  You can either store you bit coins on their website for download a computer program called a bitcoin wallet that will allow you to transfer you bitcoins to your home computer for safe keeping.  I suggest password protecting and backing up your wallet to another computer and on the internet at dropbox

Just because You can’t afford One whole bit coin doesn’t mean you can’t participate. Bit coins are infinitely divisible so you can buy as little as you want. Buy $5.00 of bitcoins to see how it works .. theres no minimum so don’t be afraid to give it a try.

 

I hope this inspires you to give bitcoin a try and if you found on of my posts interesting and want to see more like please consider donating

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Wood gasifier prototype build – Update 4

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Well, I finally have good news in that I am making good progress on the build.  I picked up the rolled sheet metal on new years day.

Wood Gasifier Sheet Metal Shells

 

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It cost me $250 to have 8 pieces of sheet slip rolled in to cylinders.  As I stated in my last post, I wasn’t able to get all of the components rolled in to cylinders.  The supply house’s slip roll was simply too large to work with small sized sheets / diameters.  So I need to find another way to make to cylindrical ducts and other smaller components.

I have started to weld the cylindrical shell seams so that the rolled sheet metal forms cylinders. Below is a video of my progress and a welding jig I made to help keep the sheet metal from warping .

I researched Buying A harbor freight slip roller but found it can only roll 24 gage stainless steel. The only slip rolls able to do what I need cost ~$1000.  I simply do not the the money for that.  I did see a person build a slip roll out of some Axel shafts and transfer case gears.  This will still cost $100-200 for parts but still within my price range.

So far I only have the rollers which will be made from the rear drive axels of a 1 ton Chevy pickup (~ $80 for two 3 foot shafts) not sure how wide I will make the slip roll so I may only use one shaft keeping the other as a spar for my truck.

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Wood Gasifier Prototype Build – Update 3

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After I having issues with my Plasma cutter I decided to rent a plasma cutter locally until could figure out what was wrong with my machine.  I rented the unit on friday and by Sunday I had cut out all of the rectangular sheets that needed to be rolled in to cylinders.

 

On Monday I dropped 8 sheets off at the local metal supply house.  I have not yet heard back from them but expect to hear more by the end of this week.  In the mean time I will continue cutting out the flanges and other circular sheet metal forms preparing for the return of the shells.

One Issue I did encounter was the supply house was reluctant to roll the sheets.  I believe this was mainly due to size limitation of the slip roll machine.  As they mainly do larger thicker pieces of the sheet, 20 gage is close to being too thin.  So this means I wasn’t able to have all of small cylidnrical ducts to be rolled.  I will either need to build my slip roll machine or attempt to use my hand made sheet metal bender.

 

The good news is I was able to quickly the cut the sheet metal with the rented plasma cutter. I will attempt some circular cuts tomrrow and post some picture of my results!

I also was able to contact Everlast’s support line and got some information about the plasma cutter.  Appreantly I have a different torch then comes standard with the machine so the 60 – 70 psi for the plasma cutter doesnt’ apply.  I was told to set the compressed air at 72psi and the machine didn’t over voltage! So I guess the plasma cutter works after all .. I am going to try a different plasma torch to see if that improves the cutting performance.  More on this to follow!

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