City Utilities of Springfield invited local journalists out Thursday to witness an experiment in burning something other than coal to produce electricity. KSMU's Jennifer Moore took them up on the invitation and headed out.
Mr Switchgrass is an inverted downdraft gasifier design that burns/gasifiers chopped switchgrass or weeds with little to no smoke problems. A rule of thumb is that each section will burn for a solid ten minutes at full flame. I measured 66 lbs for one load and it ran for about 40 to 50 minutes.
Pyrogas from Biomass
F. Michael Lewis, July 14, 2007
Paper presented by F. Michael Lewis and Clarence M. Ablow to "A conference on Capturing the Sun Through Bioconversion," March 10-12, 1976, Washington, D.C. Shoreham Americana Hotel, presented by the Stanford Research Institute. 15 pp.
This article explains the various methods that I have used to make paper fireballs. The most practical method is what I call the "rock & roll" method. The end product can be seen in the above picture 17.