Science: Wood Instead of Gasoline

Wood, instead of gasoline, as a fuel for U.S. automobiles was seriously proposed last week by Robert S. Arie of Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute, writing in Chemical Industries.

Wood has one advantage over all other motor fuels; it is available locally in all the gasoline-rationed areas. It does, however, require a stovelike generator to convert the wood into combustible gases for the engine. This means a new diversion of semiprecious light steel or cast iron. The generator can be mounted on the rear bumper, the trunk compartment or the rumble seat, can be charged with coal or charcoal, but more cheaply with a...

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