Adaptation of the GASO-GEN to Stationary Engines

| November/December 1981

  • Existing designs and specifications

  • Existing designs and specifications

Box 81, Cape Canaveral, Florida 32920

Last year I got curious about the possibility of adapting the old (1860) 'gaso-gen' device to use with stationary engines because an example for such usage was demonstrated here by a team from the University of Florida, except that their application was the propulsion of an old Dodge truck. The device took up the entire truck bed space, plus some cooling tubes festooned onto the front end.

As have many of your readers, I had seen such adaptations in Europe during and after World War II. Europeans and others used the gaso-gen because most if not all their gasoline was expropriated by the Nazis, and most gaso-gens burned charcoal.

The device itself was very simple. It was just a sort of wood stove turned upside down with drafted air passing thru the combustibles, cleaners, and cooling devices to a gas engine intake manifold.

The automotive engines were usually started on a bit of gasoline or benzine then switched to the wood-gas generated.

Several defects were inherent. First, there was approximately a 25 percent loss in engine power; second, there was a tendency to dirty the engines making complete teardowns a must for cleaning out carboniferous deposits. There were, and are other less difficult problems, most of which can be solved.