David Williams wrote:$4500 without the generator ?
I'm currently mid build with one of these , they were incredibly popular during WW2 as seen here , there is a lot of info up on youtube about them, There is a downloadable "FEMA" plan do build them to the scale you need Here if your a buildy kind of person you could knock one up in a weekend if you have all the gear already, A lot can be sourced like i have from wreaking yards .... these are not only able to power cars and generators , but can be used in water/space heating and cooking also .... they are a great alternative power source , and can be used when temps are low unlike bio-gas digesters ... and i think they sit in the realm of "Carbon neutral" as far as pollution goes.... most of the fire boxes are like a rocketstove in the fact they burn efficiently, but instead of completely burning waste gas in the original firebox , those gasses are burnt in a secondary system (motor / gasholder) ....
if you scource the materials and build one yourself , costs could be as little as $1-200... imagination is your only limitation
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