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1- POINT OF FAILURE. I see a specific threat from one of his modifications to the machine in the hot gas exit seal. It looks like Silicone gasket and the max temperature for that material is 450F/232C. The gas in the machine under engine load is likely to exceed that at some point. If breached it could leak hydrogen and carbon monoxide. This creates a big danger for an unsuspecting new user and huge liability for him and our industry.
2- NO INDEMNITY. He has stated he is working from the book. The book has terms that you agree to "hold harmless and indemnify the author and his business." It also says “for educational purposes only.” When asked for indemnity insurance or a surety bond Mr. Honkus has been dead silent and won’t respond. Also he is putting out machines with no nameplate, no warning labels & no accountable Quality Control. WTF?
He has not provided any proof of commercial claim to these educational plans. He has gone rogue.
3- INADEQUATE USER EXPERIENCE. He clearly isn’t using the machine to make wood gas often and rarely running engines. When challenged to produce even 100 hours of usage he again has been silent. After all the years and business I have sent his way, he could afford to hire a part time assistant to do just this if he wanted, but he is too busy trying to make money and modify the design. No excuse for this.
4- COMMERCIAL INTENT. We are a hobby DIY wood gas user community. This isn’t the franchise expo. Mr. Honkus is operating without a license and my consent was removed earlier this year when I could tell something was off and he wouldn’t commit to getting the skills he clearly lacks and mitigating liability.
5- COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT. He has stolen photos from my site to use in commerce, misleading people from search results who could believe that they are his works. This misleading marketing has been going on for quite a long time I discovered using the internet.org archive. The FTC was notified on 5/23/2022.
6- RECKLESS BEHAVIOR. His shoddy design “improvements” are a danger to customers. He is a danger to the community as a whole. He is a danger to my life’s work. And he is a danger to himself. All for a business his wife claims “isn’t making much money.”
7- WITHOUT HONOR. I have asked him repeatedly this year to come into honor. He has ignored my concerns and plowed ahead at twice the speed in response. I have given him every opportunity to make things right and he simply won’t. He and his wife have instead threatened me with a slander lawsuit and said I was trying to extort them and they had contacted law enforcement, but provided no case number.
1- Let everyone in the field of gasification know about this potential threat. Share via email. Find out how many people have been affected.
2- Send Mr. Honkus/ OffGRid48 CEASE & DESIST notices asking him to stop. Post to his youtube comments, to his email. BE POLITE and FIRM in what you say. This is going to court.
Honkus public email- Steve@Offgrid48.com
Off Grid 48 Youtube channel
3- Get Amazon to remove his promotional video on my book page.
4- Start a lawsuit to hold him accountable for his work. Go through discovery to get his financials and customer list. Get this nonsense sorted out.