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How To Make Your Own Gasoline From Wood

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How To Make Your Own Gasoline From Wood

Did you know you can make your own gasoline from wood?

Not much, mind you — and I wouldn’t advocate chopping down trees to do it! But as a education exercise, MrTeslonian shows you in this video series how one can inexpensively turn dead wood into refined gas that can run a car by capturing all the fuel gases in the form of crude oil and refining into whatever “fossil fuel” you like. Totally fascinating!


I don't totally understand everything going on in these videos, but I do know a bit about wood gasification, because I use a homemade wood-gasifying cook stove for most of my meals when I'm out boondocking. Many people don't realize that when you start a campfire, you don't actually "burn wood" -- you're actually burning the gases released from the wood when it's heated. In a gasifier stove, you can actually separate the combustion process, heating the wood and burning the gases separately, so that you can have a clean-burning wood stove that works just like cooking on a propane stove. (My DIY stove is a tin-can knock-off of the SoloStove, which is a top-grade wood gasifier made for backpackers, that allows you to have a blazing hot cooking fire using ordinary twigs for free fuel.)

So basically, an easy way to summarize this gas-making experiment is that he's heating up the wood to release the gas, then collect it instead of burning it.

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Wood-Gas El Camino - It runs on firewood

As a matter of fact, it's totally possible to grab this entire experiment and funnel it directly into your car engine in real-time (provided you have the right type of engine) to make a wood-gas car. Apparently after the Second World War, almost every vehicle in Europe was converted to run on firewood! And now with gas prices up, more people are re-discovering and developing this old technology again.

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