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Dreamweaver    Posted 04-28-2001 at 09:30:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
Just saw RFDTV - a little show about a guy in TX that has a hobby of restoring old smoke driven engines on cars. I was amazed. No gas, no electricity, just wood smoke runs these things! Wonder why things had to get some confound complicated?

Dave_D    Posted 04-30-2001 at 11:23:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
I believe the magazine 'Mother Earth News' still sells plans for a wood 'gassifyer' powered pickup truck. They had a 1970 chevy pickup with 454 engine, drive across America on nothing more than scrap wood from construction sites. I believe the most practical use for this was to power a chevy 250 six that ran a saw mill.

Ray M41    Posted 04-29-2001 at 18:11:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
Everyone should know by now that electric motors, TVs, radios, etc. runs on smoke.
When the smoke gets out the motor STOPS!!!

Mudcat49    Posted 04-28-2001 at 11:15:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
There was a WWII movie I saw one time about these people on a island runnimg from the Japs. They had a old bus and it had a smoke run moter in it, they were using coconut hulls to power it!

magpie    Posted 04-28-2001 at 10:38:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
There is an article in the may/june issue of this old truck magazine, on a wood burning truck. Is sounds like kind of complicated affair to get started, more to it than just turning a switch. But it sounds like the idea is used some in Europe. It "may" be more environmentally freindly and uses a renewable resourse-wood. Gets 100 miles the the 150 pounds of wood, new way to calculate mileage.

goinnutts    Posted 05-01-2001 at 22:06:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
this old truck magazine?????never heard of it any info???

magpie    Posted 05-03-2001 at 07:53:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yep this old truck, covers all makes up to about 2 ton. or E-mail: or P.O. box 838 Yellow Springs, OH 45387 or 800-767-5828 Fax 937-767-2726 there ya go hope this helps.

NilsDK    Posted 04-28-2001 at 11:07:20       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hei magpie.
No we dont run these engines any longer. They were developed during WV2, 'cuz of the bad fuel suply situation. We still se them at shows as well as old tractors.

Dreamweaver    Posted 04-28-2001 at 11:03:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
He was demonstrating on a model T. Said they got their start in Europe during WWII. It was very interesting. Showed the gadget that looked kinda like a still hooked onto the bumper of the car. Just keep the fire hot and it was totally running on the smoke. Unbelievable!

NilsDK    Posted 04-28-2001 at 11:25:38       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hei DW.
I'm sorry to correct you a little. The engines run at that gas, wich develops during burning the firewood. The most common tree was
beech,'cuz it develops most gas.

Dreamweaver    Posted 04-28-2001 at 13:00:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
NP Nils - I thought they meant no gas as in "gas" gas. Okay you guys, yes, I'm blonde. Sorry.

IHank    Posted 04-29-2001 at 06:56:44       [Reply]  [Send Email]
DW- That fad went thru here in the seventies. The gadget is a retort that contains a smoldering fire, which produces carbon monoxide gas, which is piped to the engine where it is used as the fuel.

As to powering a motor vehicle it comes off a bit like making love while standing in a hammmock. Might be interesting to do, or watch, but is not very practical! Grins, IHank

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