I started to build one until I realized the counter productive complexity of design. Not only does it require lots of constant attention but it creates smell from the wood burning and noise from the generator neither are good for opsec. Not to mention the initial labor required to create fire wood to run it. Then you have the generator that must be maintained. Hard to understand the value of solar until you compare it to these other options. I still have all the parts just need to put them together might finish it some day just other priorities right now.
Thank you for getting back to me. All the ones i have seen. I can tell very complex indeed. Right now looking to just get off grid with power.
Wind and hydro are your best options since they can generate power 24/7 where as solar is only working for you 4-6 hrs per day average. You can crunch some numbers converting watts to btu's and compare with the type of wood you will be burning to determine pounds of wood per hour to generate your needed watts per hr. This was the final nail in the coffin for me but its always good to have options. That being said the chinese inverter dual fuel generators offer a lot of value. Combine that with a LP tank and dyna glo wall heater you can be off grid tomorrow. Eventually solar should be your goal for electricity but look else where for heating and cooking.