Some of you may remember me from three years ago when I was in Iraq. These days I am back in Michigan working on producers again. I have a Farmall "H" with a buzzsaw attached to the front of the tractor. The engine is powered by a hand built producer of Doug Williams' design (see Fluidyne pioneer class) which is fueled by blocks cut by the saw. I am sawing scrap slab wood for home heating and power production. Now that the "H" is up and working, I am proceeding to build a producer to power a 1964 GMC 1-ton pickup (305E V-6 engine) to be fueled by blocks from the "H".
Unfortunately, I had to quickly slap this producer together to cut wood for heating our house.The high fuel prices have cut me off from my own supply of wood at the bush. So I had to shift to heating with slabs from a sawmill. The Farmall is merely a way of processing the firewood for the house and also a way of making blocks for a truck mounted producer. Its not a pie in the sky type project but more of a practical necessity for our continued survival. Regardless of the source of inspiration, I am riding a euphoric crest and proceeding as fast as I can.
Two other related endeavers are the compression and storage of gas while simultaneously burning gas from the same producer, in a generating plant. I have most of the pieces but am proceeding with securing my fuel source first.
I would like to thank Thomas B. Reed for making available the peripheral information and also the fellows at VEDBIL.SE for their inspiring U-tube videos, and of course G. Bush Inc. for their motivational fuel pricing.
I am one of the poorest citizens of the US so I am the first to feel the change in the US culture with regards to transportation costs. I grieved my truck and walked for a while. Then realized I would rather do something about it rather than despair and watch TV. So this is a message from the bottom to the more affluent yet still vulnerable folks on the list, you too can continue on with minor inconvenience. Its unfortunate that most people won't do anything until its too late.
Thanks Bruce P. Jackson