From the July 2008 Idaho Observer:

The HHO Revolution

By Hari Heath

A revolution is quietly under way and it appears to be one that canít be stopped, thanks to the digital age and the dissemination of technology. This is good for us and bad for the Evil Empire of Oil and its derivative subsidiaries. Yes, you can improve the fuel economy of your automobile, perhaps even double your current mileage, using technology available on the Internet, common tools, and stuff from your local hardware store.

The dark side has attempted to suppress this technology as it has emerged over the last century, but now they just canít buy off or kill enough innovators to keep it out of your hands. The revolution has begun.

Snake oil

This "dark side" could be traced back to a snake in the garden who was peddling apples from a certain tree to a woman named Eve, or more recently, to a traveling snake oil salesman (yes, literally) who became the father of John D. Rockefeller, who in turn became a commodities broker supplying the Union side of the War of Northern Aggression and Constitution Termination (the so-called "Civil War"). As the hostilities and profiteering were concluding, John D. slowly turned his attention to the emerging commodity of petroleum.

Reluctant at first, he soon saw the potential of supplying oil to the emerging Industrial Age. Through ruthless acts of commerce he implemented a procedure and policy that would later become his motto: "competition is a sin."

In a few short years Rockefeller owned nearly all of the refineries in Cleveland, Ohio, where the Empire of Oil began. Soon thereafter he controlled the railroads, which delivered crude from the oilfields to the refineries, cutting off even more of his competition.

Now monopolized, he expanded his products and market to the eastern seaboard and Europe. The Harriman railroad empire and J.P. Morganís bank became allies with Rockefellerís Standard Oil. From this unholy alliance emerged our modern age.

What does this have to do with you, your car and potentially better mileage? Your car has been engineered to consume fuelólots of it.

Big Oil et al Inc.

The major car companies are in alliance with Big Oil. Highly profitable byproducts of petroleum include pharmaceuticals and agricultural chemicals. We have to burn up the silver (gas and diesel) to give them their gold. Our "commerce" is financed and cars are sold with a system of credit known as the "Federal Reserve," the fiat capital industry.

Most of our recent wars have some link to oil supply domination. The highly profitable military supply industriesóthat military industrial complex we were warned aboutóneeds our continuing oil consumptive habits to justify their existence.

To ensure profitability and success, these captains of industry have strategically placed their people in swivel chairs at the top of the various bureaucracies.

The real problem?

Ostensively, federal regulatory agencies impose mandates on auto manufacturers to make cars safer, less polluting and more efficient. In reality, the end result is heavier vehicles loaded with mandatory gizmos, partially effective emissions systems that attempt to address symptoms, not solve problems and overly complex integrated systems that are designed to be expensive, difficult to repair and prevent modifications that could lead to real improvements in automotive efficiency.

Still donít understand the problem? Pop the hood on a modern vehicle and try to identify and understand the various systems that make a new car run. New cars are "loaded" with about $10,000 worth of excess stuff designed to make bureaucrats feel empowered and the auto, oil, war and banking industries wealthy. Your car has been engineered to consume fuelólots of it.


Since at least the 1920s, inventors have been producing technology that substantially improves fuel economy and makes for cleaner burning cars. Most of these innovations have been suppressed by an untimely death or incarceration of the inventor (or the theft or buy out of the invention itself).

But times are changing. The Empire canít keep on top of all of todayís innovators and the Empire has a few problems of its own:

ē The whole fiat credit system is failing.

ē The Pharma cartel is losing revenue to alternative health.

ē Industrial agriculture is depleting their soil base and losing market share to organic farming.

ē No one wants our dirty little wars for false pretenses anymore. Recruitment is down. They canít conquer Baghdad, canít start a war with Iran and canít pull off another fake terror event like 9/11 because too many of us are watching them closely.

ē Big oil is running scared because YOU could put together some mason jars, stainless steel electrodes, hoses, fittings, wires and other doodads, which would substantially reduce their market.

And it gets worse: Some people claim to be able to run cars ENTIRELY on water!

Oil vs. hydrogen

Oil is a crude substance with many nasty byproducts. It requires a massive industrial infrastructure to produce and supply useful products. Petroleum fuels, as they are presently refined, burn incompletely, leaving various forms of pollution, which degrade our planetary home.

HHO, or Brownís Gas, is produced by electrolysis of water. Providing direct current electricity to the electrodes of the HHO generator results in hydrogen and oxygen, which are then usually, consumed directly "on demand." Once burned, the exhaust byproduct of HHO is something not degrading to our planet: Water.

An HHO system is one of the Internet technologies available from the web in the form of several ebooks. There are several other purveyors of information, some of which have been around for years, successfully demonstrating results. The actual systems vary from different innovators and for different applications, but the primary components are similar.

Ozzie Freedom of Water4Gas readily acknowledges that he has merely compiled other peopleís innovations into an information package that intends to be simple and user friendly. His approach is to simplify construction with readily available components from sources like Home Depot and the supermarket.

Water4Gasí first ebook informs the reader on the what and why of HHO on demand systems. The second ebook tells you how to build them with simple instructions and ample photos and illustrations. Purchasing their ebooks online ($97) also allows you access to enough alternative energy system information to keep the home innovator busy for several decades, plus forums to communicate with other HHO/MPG enthusiasts and several opportunities to make HHO conversions a livelihood.

Ozzie begins with maintenance and performance tips, additives, better driving habits, gas quality and several ways to measure fuel economy. Water4Gas and other HHO systems are more than a single system. Each of the multiple components add performance and some cars need a combined system before HHO produces a benefit.

The HHO generator

The Water4Gas HHO generator is one or more wide mouth Mason jars with stainless steel wires wrapped around a support structure. The wires (one positive and one negative) are wound so they are near each other but not touching. They are wired into your carís electrical system so that when the ignition is on they begin generating HHO from the water and baking soda solution in the Mason jar. Oxygen comes off the positive wire (anode) and hydrogen comes off the negative wire (cathode). The resulting HHO gas is plumbed directly into the carís carburetor, intake manifold or fuel injection system where it supplements the conventional fuel (petroleum). Itís that simple!

Or it would be if your car wasnít designed by the big automakers, big oil and big regulatory agencies to use more petroleum. Modern cars with evermore complex emission and fuel systems and computers require some intervention.

The O2 sensor

Most cars today have an oxygen sensor that reads the exhaust output and informs the computer so it can adjust the fuel system. The extra oxygen from the HHO generator causes modern cars to dump extra fuel into the engine, reducing fuel economy and the benefits of an HHO system. One solution is to add a component that overrides or limits the O2 sensorís reading to the computer. Water4Gas provides the plans and schematics for the construction and installation of such a device or you can purchase an EFIE unit from Eagle Research is one of the grandfathers of the HHO revolution. They sell books on HHO systems and other efficiency enhancements for cars and many other alternative energy innovations. Their EFIE unit looks to be a simple and effective solution for the O2 sensor interface, usable on a wide variety of cars.

In 1996, under the hood (and in the computer) technology took a giant leap towards complexity. Some newer cars have multiple O2 sensors. As automotive technology becomes more complex, challenges arise. Future HHO conversions of new cars may require computer hardware and/or software installations.


An additional component to the Water4Gas system is the Vaporizer. It simply is another Mason jar filled with tap water. It has an aquarium bubbler feeding air down into the water. A vacuum line connected to the manifold provides water vapor to the engine and operates the vaporizer. Water4Gas claims it boosts power, saves gas and reduces emissions.


For some applications Water4Gas and other HHO systems use multiple HHO generating cells. Wired and plumbed in various series and parallel arrangements, more HHO can be produced with greater efficiency. For use on large diesels (yes truckers, you too can use an HHO system) or just for greater efficiency and longer maintenance intervals, multi-cell systems have some benefits if you can find somewhere to put a larger system.

PCV Enhancer

Nearly all cars in the last 20 plus years have a PCV valve. The PCV, or positive crankcase ventilation valve, is a one-way valve that uses the vacuum of the motor to extract the "blowby" gasses that get past the piston rings and into the crankcase. The blowby gasses include unburned fuel, water vapor and other compounds that can build up and harm the engine.

The PCV valve pulls these out of the crankcase and feeds them back into the combustion chamber. The PCV enhancer takes it a step further, allowing the sludge and heavier compounds to "condense" and collect, while the filtered gasses go back to the intake manifold. Water4Gas uses an intake filter bowl intended for air compressors. This easy Home Depot/hardware/auto parts store construction project costs about $25-30 and provides a small mileage gain and a cleaner engine. The "Condensator" ( and the "PCV jar" are similar innovations, which are larger and may be more effective. A five to 25 percent increase in fuel economy is commonly reported with these devices.

Fuel Heater

The Water4Gas fuel heater is another Home Depot special, likely to give a small increase in MPG. Essentially, it is brass plumbing fittings fastened to the radiator hose and insulated with layers of aluminum foil and tape. An extended fuel line runs fuel through the heater, warming it up for improved vaporization and thus better combustion efficiency. Other systems use similar devices.

Electronic enhancers

For the more technically-advanced cars with computer controlled systems and fuel injection, there are several systems that allow the driver to "tune" the fuel mix while driving and override the computerís tendency to dump more fuel into the system. Some are simple knob-controlled devices that mount in the dashboard. As the HHO revolution continues watch for more high tech systems that directly interface with the computer.

The hydrogen future

Large automakers, major research facilities and government agencies have been focusing on the "hydrogen fuel cell" technology as the promise of the future. Why? They know this red herring solution will continue to be problematic, expensive and always just out of reach. We will continue to use lots of petroleum while "they" continue with their well-funded research.

Hydrogen fuel cells are essentially charged from half of an HHO generating system which attempts to store this lightest and atomically smallest of all gasses for later use. It is both challenging to store and potentially explosive. On demand HHO systems use the oxygen component and donít require any storage.


PICC has two systems for better fuel economy. PICC, or "pre-ignition catalytic converter," is a replacement catalytic converter that runs the fuel through it, using a catalytic process to convert the fuel to smaller molecules before it is burned. Present day gasoline is a complex product with large and small molecules that have different burning rates. Our present inefficiency and pollution is created because not all of the gas molecules burn during the power stroke. The rest are still burning in the exhaust or do not completely burn, resulting in pollution.

By converting gas to smaller, more uniform and more easily vaporized fuel molecules, the PICC substantially improves efficiency for more complete and clean burning inside the engine while it is still making usable power. This differs from conventional catalytic converters which only catalyze the unburned fuel "after the fact" in the exhaust. Initial tests on a stationary engine claim a potential 900-percent increase in fuel efficiency with the PICC. That means if you are getting 20 MPG now, replacing your catalytic converter with a PICC could result in 180 MPG!

The PICC is under development and not presently available. The PICC people do offer an HHO system through a network of dealers and installers. Visit for more information.

The PICC folksí Hydro-Assist Fuel Cell (HAFC) is an HHO kit that is ready to install. Their kit is guaranteed to increase your gas mileage by at least 50 percent or the cost of the kit will be refunded to you.

The HAFC has a stainless steel HHO generator that can withstand freezing. Their system has three main components: The generator, a fuel vaporizer and an optimizer. The HAFC Vaporizer uses the radiator hose to preheat the fuel and powerful magnets to ionize the fuel and break it down into tiny molecules for better vaporization and efficient combustion. The HAFC Optimizer is an actual computer that ties into the emissions control system on the car and teaches the carís computer to operate the HAFC System and keep it from rejecting the fuel savings.

Itís been around

None of this technology is particularly new. Electrolysis and HHO have been around for at least a century. Mr. Pogue began developing his vaporizing carburetors in the 1920s.

PICC is just an improved version of the GEET technology for automotive applications. Eagle Research has been perfecting and publishing its innovations for decades.

Allen Caggiano began developing his FIVS Fuel Implosion Vaporization System after the 1973 oil embargo. His story of success, suppression and the lengths government agents and others will go to keep us using more oil is impressive. Visit to read Alís story, "Calling all Ants."

Times are changing

Alís experiences were common in that era, but times have changed. The Evil Empire is too busy coming apart at the seams to kill or suppress all the fuel technology innovators. We are everywhere and the information is readily available to overcome the government-regulated, electronically constipated automobiles of today.

Hydrogen Boost

Hydrogen Boost ( has complete or partial systems for everything up to 40-ton trucks. Their complete system for cars costs $1,000. They also sell components, larger systems and perform installations.

They offer an interesting challenge for disbelievers. First they road test your car for mileage. Then they install the system and retest the carís performance. If it doesnít get a 50-percent improvement you keep the system and itís free of charge. If it does produce a 50-percent improvement you pay double.

Fuel Vaporizer

AGS Instruments, formerly Wyoming Instruments (and still at offers a fuel vaporizer that installs on your fuel line.

More HHO and both offer technology similar to the Water4Gas ebooks. Some reviews suggest they are more easily read and understood and provide local sources for the materials. The process is the same but the actual devices vary with each system. from Ohio is another company that offers their HHO system ready to install in three different unitsódepending on the size of the motoróand an O2 sensor enhancer to control the carís computer.

HHO system manufacturers and technology purveyors are surfacing like hydrogen and oxygen bubbles in an HHO electrolyzer. Ads are appearing on radio and in print publications. The Internet has a new system every time I look up the subject. The HHO revolution is well underway.


HHO detractors generally fall into three camps:

1. There are the paid prevaricators who set up websites and otherwise misinform the public with negative publicity, proclaiming that everyone selling HHO stuff is a scammer.

2. Then there are people who built an HHO generator and failed to have it work for them. They may have had incomplete information; used the wrong materials; didnít understand the importance of controlling the O2 sensorís inputs to the carís computer or failed to read and understand the information they had before constructing and installing their system. Not everyone has success, especially if they are not following someoneís already proven system.

3. And then there are those who believe it canít work because it violates the laws of perpetual motion. Energy has to come from somewhere and you canít use electricity to make hydrogen, burn it and make more electricity to make more hydrogen and on and on. This theory might be valid if we were talking about a closed loop system using only water/HHO.

I suspect the reason the present HHO systems work as well as they do is because they augment the conventional fuel system. The hydrogen helps gas or diesel to burn better and the oxygen enhances the air in the carís fuel/air mixture.

Our modern gasoline is not the most perfect fuel. Numerous experimenters over the last century have had successful results with gasoline alone by various techniques that refined the molecules to a smaller uniform size and/or converted the gas to a true vapor before combustion. People like Pogue, Paul Pantone, Al Caggiano and many others have increased combustion efficiency of gas by a factor of 50 to 1,000 percent with their techniques. HHO may be another technique, using simple plug in technology, to extract the latent potential of gas and other fuels.

Once this level of the HHO revolution becomeswidely accepted, innovators can move on to the next level of freedom from the Evil Empire of Oilócars that run entirely on water.

Necessity as

the mother of invention

We can, of course, continue complaining about the rising cost of fuel and worry about how it will break the back of our economy when truckers can no longer afford to deliver products to market.

Or, we can take "the-Jerry-can-is- half-full" approach and realize that the rising cost of fuel, combined with the Internetís information dissemination potential, has created the window of necessity that can end the age of oil dependence.

Another cliche comes to mind: "When life gives you lemons..."