hi frank do you use woodgas?
Frank Frederick wrote:In WWII in Europe there were embargo's on gasoline. Germany's citizens found using wood gas to run vehicles worked. The Japanese used wood gas to power certain machinery. During the Great Depression farmers used a combination of corn oil and wood gas to power their equipment.
In Appalachia, folks today still use wood gas vs. gasoline, propane, or diesel to power generators vehicles, and/or even heat their homes.
Should you buy a premade/commercial wood gas generating system? That is up to you if you choose to take the lazy mans way out.
There are many government publications and YouTube vieos on how to make your own system and even how to store wood gas for later use. Although ALL of these ideas do require some work and time to create, they are the most satisfying way to go in my humble opinion.
state of charge monitors for small 12 volt systems are notoriously inaccurate. Voltage at rest is your best easiest indicator.
Dan Tilman wrote:Hi Lesley,
Thanks for your reply. In the meantime I have built a solar system similar to the one in the book. 4 x 100 watt panels, 4x 100aH batteries, 4x 20v charge controllers and a 2200 watt inverter.
It powers our tiny house with lights, outlets for phones, computers, printer, and even the washer.
I’m really happy about the system. But I have one question:
How to you tell what percentage the batteries have?
Maybe somebody can help.