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.

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

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.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
ADVERTORIAL
Competition regulation for a growing and inclusive economy

ADVERTORIAL: The Competition Commission of South Africa is conducting advocacy work in the South African automotive aftermarket industry and has gazetted a Draft Code of Conduct for public comment.

/News
 

Man scores date with tennis superstar after Twitter bet

It’s a modern day Cinderella story, but one American man took ‘shoot your shot’ seriously in 2017.

 
 

You won't want to miss...

Who are the highest paid models of 2017?
10 gorgeous plus-sized models who aren't Ashley Graham
5 top leg exercises for men
10 best dressed men of 2017
Traffic Alerts
Traffic
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.