[Stoves] TOM REED moving to Barre, Mass
nariphaltan at gmail.com
Fri Jan 16 01:02:55 CST 2009
Barre looks like even prettier than your present home. I still have fond
memories of my stay in your Golden house with you and Vivian long ago
(almost 20 years!). Boston area is really lovely specially during fall. My
only contact with that area was when I delivered couple of lectures at MIT
in Mechanical Engineering couple of years ago.
All the best on your new retirement plan.
On 1/10/09, Thomas Reed <tombreed at comcast.net> wrote:
> Dear Crispin and All:
> I'm in the midst of a move from my home in Denver of 30 years to a small
> town in Barre, Massachusetts. We have bought an elegant 1850 home on the
> corner of the town square and can walk to the library, bank, church, stores,
> band concerts.... We are moving in part to be close to my daughter who
> has an Alpaca farm and 75 acres of harwoods; in part because it is important
> to keep changing if you want to keep fresh.
> I'm closing out my lab here and starting a new one there that will focus
> more on charcoal and its known and unknown properties. The BioChar Energy
> Corp. lab will continue to function here in Golden, CO and I'll be in
> continual contact with them working from Massachusetts.
> I hope that any of you who would like to visit our new facilities and are
> in the area will consider a visit to us in Barre. For the time being I can
> be reached on my cell at 303 913 2074, my Gmail at tombreed111 at gmail.comor Snail at 46 Broad St., Barre, MA 01005. <><><>>
> From the beginning of my biomass career I have been fascinated by
> densification of all kinds of biomass as a sin qua non of the successful use
> of biomass. There has been a lot of great traffic at this site just as I am
> moving which I haven't been able to follow in detail. I hope someone will
> assume the mantle of densification GURU and send an occasional summary as
> things gel. We have lot of waste biomass in our new site and I'd like to
> get densifying.
> My best to all...
> TOM REED
> Tom Reed
> Biomass Energy & Carbon
> Chief Scientist
> Crispin Pemberton-Pigott wrote:
>> Dear Frank
>> If you come with a big eraser, you are going to make progress. You should
>> see my junk pile! Wish I could erase that....
>>> I believe there is a lot yet to learn regarding optimum air flow for a
>>> type of fuel and void space.
>> Yes, and there is a lot of difficulty getting meaningful direct
>> measurements. I am watching your method with interest. It seemed whacky to
>> start with but might work well for obtaining certain information.
>> I have managed to obtain two 8mm diameter velocity measuring probes that
>> 0.1 m/s accurate. At least it is a start. I suspect that chip/nugget
>> is a major consideration when it comes to slow burners like gasifiers and
>> top loaded, downdraft stoves - basically continuous burners. The specific
>> challenge is how to predict the maximum time a stove can burn for based on
>> its dimensions. 6-8 hrs is needed for a space heating stove.
>>> We stovers work at such small scale that test methods for coal and other
>>> procedures designed for large combustion chambers do not apply and we need
>>> to develop our own methods.
>> This is an enormous part of the problem. I was looking at the stove
>> standards of a country in Asia for ideas and the standard covers domestic
>> stoves up to 80 KW (!) which is hardly realistic for a 4 kw cooker. It
>> called for on-site inspection every 5 years.
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