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Machinery for a post collapse world

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Welcome to my kick off post. I find it the height of arrogance to blog as I claim no mastery in the subjects that interest me most. I’m a greenie, a builder, a single dad, an alternative energy enthusiast, a gardener, and deeply concerned about the sustainability of the world we have created. I probably won’t write all that often but look in from time to time as I muddle my way through building a better life. For today the topic will be My charcoal powered tractor.

Years ago I launched a search for a fossil fuel free way to charge my batteries in my off grid home. The amount of useable sun in the winter on my solar array would drop to 1.5 hours from a summer high of 5. Most off grid homes resort to propane generators to make up the difference. Propane was not cheap and like any good doomer I understood how precious it was. Steam, thermo electrics, stirling engines, Hydrogen brown gas, you name it I researched and tinkered. The search for an alternative led me to Gasification, specifically charcoal gasification, as a possible locally appropriate solution. Hidden in history I discovered hundred of thousands tractors, buses and cars ran on the stuff during the second world war. Some were jury rigged but there was also also factory made kits, standardization of fuel, Fuelling stations, government pamphlets, standards of construction, government regulations and guidelines, it was all there and vanished as soon as gasoline became available again. Don’t buy it? Just another conspiracy theory?  here is a great photo montage done by another woodgas nut like me. What strikes me here is just how normal this fuel was:

Imagine my surprise that a fuel that could run all my machinery with minor modification could be made at home while I heated my house…

This article is too short to go into the ins and outs of gasification, charcoal versus wood and how it works so take a look here for a primer on the subject:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wood_gas

If you want a glimpse into the modern masters of the technology check here:

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As often happens in life priorities change. For me it was kids, a busier work schedule and correspondingly higher electrical usage which had me choose to grid connect my home to replace the generator. For a while projects around resilience took a back seat to all that make families work. It was always there though. I’ve decided to revisit these themes over the next few years as I attempt to refocus my life towards greatly increased food production, renewed energy independence, and fossil fuel replacements. Right now food comes first.

Fossil fuels have come to be critical to food production. I won’t debate the effectiveness of permaculture, lasagna garden bed making, french intensive methods, organic farming, or the joys of draft animals here. I can tell you that in times of crisis we will need millions of new large gardens seemingly overnight and one thing all those above methods are not is fast. Tractors are able to convert a manicured lawn into a plowed field in a matter of hours. With all that in mind my contribution is my 1953 Ferguson TEA20 tractor converted to run on charcoal. It was cheap and available but appropriately its from an era of simpler machines designed to run forever and be repaired by an owner in the field with minimal tools. On a sunny october afternoon it turned my weed filled 2250 sq ft garden back into the food plot it had once been. One hour of charcoal powered cultivation replaced what would have been 3 days of back breaking work for one person. Total fuel consumed 10 gallons of charcoal ,just shy of 14 Lbs., roughly equivalent to 1 US gallon of gasoline. I make my charcoal in my wood stove over the winter. This would have represented the coals from 24 hours of mid winter fires but honestly it probably took me 2 evenings of shovelling coals to accumulate this much as I’m not a fanatic or desperate. This is not a solution for a thriving society basking in economic prosperity and cheap energy. It works best if you have access to wood and are used to processing it so probably rural dwellers, who are land rich but money poor and heat with wood. It will not power an economy of commuting suburbanites but it might be enough for my northern tree covered slice of the world.

I’ve committed to plowing up 2 garden plots for friends this fall if time allows. I will be running on charcoal and will record the process. For now just some stills and some background videos will have to do. As a teaser that same 14 lbs of charcoal would have produced between 6 and 8 kW Hr of electricity for battery charging… That is another post though.

Cheers,

It all starts with making charcoal:

A walk around in the tractor’s early days:

All nice and shiny running on charcoal gas at an agricultural fair. It’s never been that clean since!



114 Comments on "Machinery for a post collapse world"

  1. Hello on Wed, 20th Mar 2019 11:47 am 

    >>> You just all the other morons on this board don’t understand economics

    Thank you mob. But unlike you, I’m willing to learn. Please explain to me economics.

  2. Cloggie on Wed, 20th Mar 2019 12:00 pm 

    “This could be what I have been waiting for..A false flag could be soon..And then its lights out for Putin”

    Idiot. ZOG is going to be taken apart by entire Eurasia. Hard Brexit and the West is over.

  3. Cloggie on Wed, 20th Mar 2019 12:03 pm 

    Oops, this just in: EU playing hardball. Tusk to May: no extension. Deliver your deal next week or you are out.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6829683/Juncker-signals-Theresa-win-vote-deal-EU-grants-Brexit-delay.html

    Excellent. EU senior, UK junior.

  4. I AM THE MOB on Wed, 20th Mar 2019 1:15 pm 

    Davy

    If you don’t increase your population your economy will go into a deflationary downward spiral..

    You either have babies, immigrants or declining standard of living..

    Its that simple..You need to have around five workers to pay for benefits for every one retire..Another reason why you need immigrants.Or you will have to move the retirement age up to 75..

  5. I AM THE MOB on Wed, 20th Mar 2019 1:17 pm 

    Clogg

    Nope there is going to be a USSR collapse in Eurasia when the oil shortage hits..

    I am going to laugh when you starve or are eaten to death..

    https://cleantechnica.com/2018/11/22/peak-oil-drastic-oil-shortages-imminent-says-iea/

    LOL

  6. Cloggie on Wed, 20th Mar 2019 1:30 pm 

    Nope there is going to be a USSR collapse in Eurasia when the oil shortage hits..

    The IEA is talking about CONVENTIONAL OIL, you fool.

    Apart from that, there is an entire planet to frack, the coal reserves (UCG) are for thousands of years, there is methane ice, there is an enormous potential to reduce transport energy, via shared driving or simply not driving and working on-line from home or neighborhood office. And then there is the biggest of them all: renewable energy.

    There.is.no.energy.problem.

    I am going to laugh when you starve or are eaten to death..

    The defining issue on the global agenda for the coming years is not fake “peak oil” but the collapse of the empire.

    We will be playing soccer with your antifa skull.

  7. Davy on Wed, 20th Mar 2019 2:05 pm 

    “If you don’t increase your population your economy will go into a deflationary downward spiral..You either have babies, immigrants or declining standard of living..”

    NO, MOB, it is not that simple. Traditional economics has a point about growth and population until a point. After a point there is a decline of affluence. This is not well explored because modern populations are just now reaching that point. So it goes like this damned if you increase population and damned if you don’t with one caveat and that is too much is worse than less once overshoot is passed.

  8. Anonymouse on Wed, 20th Mar 2019 2:44 pm 

    “Hello, he is our board brain dead extremist liberal millennial anifa wannabe.”

    Translation: I AM THE DAVYMOB is one of my oldest and most successful sock-puppets. I created him to help me harass mak and GregT back in the day. Now he has taken on a sock-life of his own.

    That should explain things.

  9. Davy on Wed, 20th Mar 2019 3:40 pm 

    Anon I often compare MOB to you. Both of you demonstrait how dysfunctional our younger generation has become. Nothing that comes out of you is worth reading. I don’t read your redundant nonsense. At least you only shit here twice a day.

  10. I AM THE MOB on Wed, 20th Mar 2019 3:49 pm 

    Davy

    Look at Japan you fucking moron..You are just a stupid racist grasping at straws..Look at Detroit..There population shrank and they went bankrupt because of it..

    Go to college you uneducated worthless slob…

  11. I AM THE MOB on Wed, 20th Mar 2019 3:51 pm 

    Clogg

    Shale can’t make up for all the world declining conventional..You are energy blind..

    Chevron CEO warns US shale oil alone cannot meet the world’s growing demand for crude
    https://www.cnbc.com/2017/05/01/us-shale-cannot-meet-the-worlds-growing-oil-demand-chevron-ceo-warns.html

    Schlumberger CEO: Can U.S. shale meet future global oil demand?
    http://www.northamericanshalemagazine.com/articles/2497/schlumberger-ceo-can-u-s-shale-meet-future-global-oil-demand

    Permian Won’t Be Enough — Prepare for Supply Gap and ‘a Decade of Disorder’
    https://www.oilandgas360.com/panel-permian-wont-be-enough-prepare-for-supply-gap-and-a-decade-of-disorder/

  12. Davy on Wed, 20th Mar 2019 4:47 pm 

    “Davy Look at Japan you fucking moron..”
    AH, and what is your point stupid? Japan is a major economic power with world class products.

    “You are just a stupid racist grasping at straws..Look at Detroit..There population shrank and they went bankrupt because of it..”
    Again, you are showing your complete stupidity. You go from highlighting Japan to Detroit??? WTF? BTW, tell your buddy cloggo I am a racist and get back to me with what he says.

    “Go to college you uneducated worthless slob…”
    I graduated from a University with a Finance degree and I don’t lie about it. Tell us about your phony PHD in chemistry.

  13. Davy on Wed, 20th Mar 2019 8:40 pm 

    “BTW, tell your buddy cloggo I am a racist and get back to me with what he says.”

    BTW part two.

    We don’t want wetbacks in my country. Deport Miami Beach playboy wetback JuanP. Build That Wall!

    BTW part three.

    Did I mention to y’all I’m voting for Tulsi in the next lection?

  14. Davy on Wed, 20th Mar 2019 8:42 pm 

    Oops, sorry everyone. I meant to say e-lection.

    Stupid cellphone spell chekker.

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