Cooking with gas made from grass cuttings

2016-10-06 06:00
PHOTOS: candyce krishna Mike Lynton next to his bio gas digestors.

PHOTOS: candyce krishna Mike Lynton next to his bio gas digestors.

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A SOUTHPORT man has been experimenting with creating bio gas for the past two years.

His experiments have earned him plates of hot bacon and eggs, and several cups of tea.

Believe it or not, he uses grass cuttings and water to create the gas in drums outside his home.

This is then connected to a two-plate stove inside his house.

It’s not as easy as it sounds, but Mike Lynton explained to the Fever exactly how he does it.

“I fill two 210-litre drums with water­ and grass cuttings from my yard. The drums are called digestors,” he said.

“Climate plays a very important role in this process. If the temperature is below 36 degrees, no cooking gas, which is methane, will be produced. You will get gas, but it will be useless.”

Lynton said this process works best from October to April in the warmer months on the lower South Coast.

He then has what he calls a “gas reservoir”, which is a plastic bin turned upside down and filled with concrete to give it mass, in another drum.

The weight from this gas reservoir creates pressure which makes it possible for the gas to travel to the stove.

He said the unit he has made is perfect for quick meals and boiling water.

“A full kettle takes three minutes to boil. This stove takes seven minutes because it operates on a pressure of four kilopascals. It is half efficient compared to regular cooking gas.”

Any matter which is able to decompose can be used to create methane.

“India is the lead when it comes to producing bio gas. They use human sewage. You can use vegetable waste or manure as well.”

He said there is an abundance of knowledge on creating bio gas on the internet and some youngsters have even started businesses using bio gas in India.

“This type of experiment should be taught in schools.”

Lynton said the only problem is that there has to be safety measures in place for this type of gas production.

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