[Gasification] Small steam systems plus gasifiers for electricity
jeffdavis0124 at gmail.com
Mon Dec 2 22:02:30 CST 2013
Interesting way to combine grass compost, charcoal, heat and
gasification. If there is a market and I guess there is - I'll have to
consider this (less the shyster stuff) ! !
On 12/02/2013 10:24 PM, Tom Miles wrote:
> Nothing is that sensible. With retail garden products, and especially
> on eBay, weight and value go out the window. It's whatever the
> customer (sucker?) will pay for a package. Garden products are usually
> sold by volume, not weight.
> Take the 5 gallon bucket of biochar that weighs 17 lbs. The blend is
> 25 lb/ft3 (17 lb/0.67 ft3). If the biochar is about 8 lb/ft3 and the
> additive, say compost, is 42 lb/ft3 then that's a ~50:50 blend by
> weight. Is it worth $56? Sip the KoolAid and pay the $56 to support
> your biochar curiosity. There are some very good biochar-compost
> blends that sell for far less.
> I like the Biochar "charflakes" at $129/5 gal or $65/2 gal. $192/ft3
> (>$5,000 CY) or $240/ft3? (That 5 gal plastic bucket must be worth
> more than $2 that I pay.)
> I'll take the 40lb bag for $33 ($0.83/lb). That must be a misprint.
> The same supplier wants $1.80/lb for 10 lb and 2.60/lb for 5 lb.
> We don't really know what portion or how much of a market these retail
> garden products represent but several sharp marketers are taking
> advantage of it. If you are willing to do the packaging and sales and
> get a lot more than $1/ft3 then you are at the head of the class.
> At least eBay makes it easy to find these things on the internet.
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