Subject: Wood gas generators and Harry LaFontaine

                The Biomass Energy Foundation

Dear George Schupp, Dick Glick and all:

Dick, I'll check out your WWW reference for small gasifiers.  Surprised I=

hadn't met you, since I've been in biomass gasifiers since 1974. =


Harry LaFontaine formed the Biomass Energy Foundation, a 501C3 "not for
profit" Foundation, in 1983.  I was a partner and when he died he left it=

to me to continue our mutual interests in biomass and biomass gasificatio=
n.
 I operate a small press to keep books on gasification in print, book lis=
t
attached.

Harry was a high official in the Danish Underground during World War II. =

He manufactured gasifiers during the daytime to cover his underground
activities at night.  I have 7 audio tapes of Harry's stories and one vid=
eo
of him, vacuuming our cat on a bet, among other things.  He was very funn=
y,
very clever, and had some dedication to biomass as well as money.  I have=

thought of writing his biography, but his wife, Edie says he discouraged
it.  =


Some of the books below are quite practical and include plans for buildin=
g
WWII gasifiers.  Others (the larger ones) have a lot on the theory of
gasification as well.  They include a lot of the work done on gasifiers i=
n
the 1980s.  =


If you have any questions on gasifiers or Harry, I'd be happy to answer
them.  =


(Incidentally, hard to find addresses of both correspondents - please
everyone put in a small letterhead with E-mail address when writing
Bioenergy, Stoves or gasification.) =


Yours truly,                                            TOM REED
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                        BOOKS FROM THE BEF PRESS-E-MAIL CATALOGUE

                PURPOSES OF THE BIOMASS ENERGY FOUNDATION PRESS
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Biomass energy and particularly biomass gasification is a field where
publications are often difficult to find.  Our aim is to make available
information on biomass at reasonable prices.  We list here our newer
releases and current titles and include an order form.  We will also make=

available at $0.15/page other papers from our extensive library of
technical papers on gasification dating back to the turn of the century. =

We also act as a clearinghouse to locate technical assistance for biomass=

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HANDBOOK OF BIOMASS DOWNDRAFT GASIFIER ENGINE SYSTEMS   =

T. B. Reed and A. Das      Over a million wood gasifiers were used to pow=
er
cars and trucks during World War II.  Recent concern about cost and
availability of liquid fuels has reawakened interest in this technology. =

Yet, after a decade of interest, there are only a few companies
manufacturing gasifier systems for specialized applications.  The authors=

have spent more than 12 years working with various gasifier systems,
primarily at the Solar Energy Research Institute (SERI).  In this book th=
ey
discuss all the factors that must be correct to have a successful "gasifi=
er
power system."

Chapters in the book include: Principles of Gasification; Gasifier Design=
s;
Gasifier Fabrication & Manufacture; Gasifier Fuels; Instrumentation &
Control; Gas Testing; Engine Adaptation and Operation; Gasifier Systems;
Safety & Environmental Factors; and Decision Making.  The book was
originally conceived as an aid to farmers and mechanics who want to build=
 a
"home gasifier" to power generators, pumps, tractors and mills.  However,=

it has expanded far beyond that scope to be a major reference for anyone
interested in producing power from wood and biomass wastes.  200pp     =

$25.00

FUNDAMENTAL STUDY AND SCALE UP OF THE AIR-OXYGEN STRATIFIED DOWNDRAFT
GASIFIER - T. B. Reed, M. Graboski and B. Levie.  In 1980 the Solar Energ=
y
Research Institute initiated a program to develop an oxygen gasifier to
make methanol from biomass.  A novel 1 ton/day gasifier was designed and
studied for five years at SERI on air and oxygen.  Now a 25 ton/day
gasifier has been operated on both air and oxygen.  This book describes t=
he
theory and operation of the two gasifiers in detail and also discusses th=
e
principles and application of gasification as learned in eight years by t=
he
author-gasifier team.  Initially published by DOE with lavish
illustrations.  250pp........   .$25.00

CONTAMINANT TESTING FOR GASIFIER ENGINE SYSTEMS - A. Das  Long engine lif=
e
and reliable operation requires a gas with less than 10 mg of tar and
particulates per cubic meter (10 ppm).  The simplified test methods
described here are adapted from standard ASTM and EPA test procedures   f=
or
sampling and analyzing char, tar and ash in the gas. =

32pp..................................  ..$8.00

TREES - Jean Giono.  While we strongly support using biomass for energy, =
we
are also very concerned about forest destruction.  This delightful true
story says more than any sermon on the benefits and methods of
reforestation.  8pp..   ...$1.00

TREE CROPS FOR ENERGY CO-PRODUCTION ON FARMS    =

Anyone interested in using biomass for energy should know about the
enormous potential for raising trees along with food crops as an energy
source.  This book is reprinted from a conference held by the Solar Energ=
y
Research Institute, convening experts in this field to evaluate potential=

crop species and to examine practical systems for the
economical production of energy from wood species.  260 pp
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HANDBOOK OF BIOMASS DOWNDRAFT GASIFIER ENGINE SYSTEMS:     T. Reed and A.=

Das, (SERI-1988).
140pp (see over)                                                       =

$25.00.  .___  _____

GENGAS: THE SWEDISH CLASSIC ON WOOD FUELED VEHICLES: English translation,=

(SERI-1982), edited T.Reed, D. Jantzen and A. Das, with index.  This is t=
he
"Old Testament" of gasification, written by the people involved in
successfully converting 90% of transportation of WW II Sweden to wood
gasifiers. Valuable practical and theoretical information.  340pp.       =
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                $25.00...___  _____

PRODUCER-GAS: ANOTHER FUEL FOR MOTOR TRANSPORT: Ed. Noel Vietmeyer (The
U.S. National Academy of Sciences-1985)  A seeing-is-believing primer wit=
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historical and modern pictures of gasifiers.  An outstanding  text for an=
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introductory program. 80pp                                $8.00...___ =

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FUNDAMENTAL STUDY AND SCALEUP OF THE AIR-OXYGEN STRATIFIED DOWNDRAFT
GASIFIER:
T. Reed, M. Graboski and B. Levie (SERI1988).290pp (see over)          =

$25.00...___  _____

CONTAMINANT TESTING FOR GASIFIER ENGINE SYSTEMS: A. Das (1989).32pp (see
over)   =

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$8.00...___  ____

TREE CROPS FOR ENERGY CO-PRODUCTION ON FARMS:.  260 pp (see over)      =

$20.00...___  _____

STATE-OF-THE-ART FOR SMALL SCALE GAS PRODUCER-ENGINE SYSTEMS: by A. Kaupp=

and J. Goss.  (1984) Updates GENGAS and contains engineering data
indispensable for the serious gasifier projects.
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$25.00...___  _____

GASIFICATION OF RICE HULLS: THEORY AND PRAXIS: A. Kaupp. Applies
gasification to agricultural residues in addition to rice hulls.  303 pp =
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                        $25.00...___  _____

WOOD GAS GENERATORS FOR VEHICLES: Nils Nygards (1973). Translation of
recent results of Swedish Agricultural Testing Institute.  50 pp.        =
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                  $4.00...___  _____

THE PEGASUS UNIT: THE LOST ART OF DRIVING WITHOUT GASOLINE: by Niels A.
Skov and Mark L. Papworth.  Detailed drawings of various gasifiers and
systems from World War II.  80 pp       =

                                                                $15.00...=
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BIOMASS TO METHANOL SPECIALISTS' WORKSHOP: Ed. T. B. Reed and M. Graboski=
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Expert articles on biomass to methanol, the clean liquid fuel for the 21s=
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century.  331 pp                $30.00...___ _____

CONSTRUCTION OF A SIMPLIFIED WOOD GAS GENERATOR: ...by H. LaFontaine and
F.P.  Zimmerman  (1989).  Over 25 drawings and photographs on building a
gasifier for fueling IC engines in a Petroleum Emergency.  Originally
published the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) , RR28.68 pp    =
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                                                $10.00...___  ____

TREES:  by Jean Giono, 1953.  A delightful story which says more than any=

sermon on the need for reforestation.  8 pp                              =
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I accessed Pete Verhart's new Website,
http://www1.kingston.net/~english/Stoves.html, and found pictures of his
latest stoves, in color.  I downloaded them and looked at them at liesure=
=2E =

It was a breeze, after trying to decode MIME etc. files that are piled up=

in my desktop.  =


I hope that he will continue to accept Stove pictures at his site for a
while until we can formalize this improvement.  =


I hope he will also paste a title on each picture so we can know what we
are seeing.  =


                                ~~~~
I am currently flying over Illinois with my lap-top lover, answering a
jillion messages stored up during the week of getting ready for our 50th
wedding anniversary celebration at Hilltop Farm, New Harbor, Me (near
Damarixcota) with 4 children, 4 spouses and 7 grandchildren.  =


But I will have my laptop-lover with me and will try not to let 100
missives build up ever again. =


Yours truly,                                            TOM REED