On another topic I’d made the statement (true) that most of us matured post WWII USA/Canada had lost the consept of making out own Farm-Fuels.
Of course some did re-discover this itching in the 60’s, 70’s, very early 1980’s.
The two years of the original Mother Earth News right before their woodgas development was about making alcohol motor fuels.
This is in my 74-89 magazines pile.
Their actually Chevy pick up driving with their very 1st woodgas system still had the signage; Powered By Alcohol.
They did it, actually. It worked for them. They still sell their two vacuum and systems distillation plans sets.
Why the change over re-focus to wood-for-power?
I can only speculate. They did not say in print so far as I can find.
Corn-maize local grown for the easiest make-alcohol input stock is really only grown-available in maybe 40% of the US. Even less in Canada.
Tree-woods/brush is virtually availble across 70% the US. Canada I recon twice as available as bags, or truck loads of dryed corn.
Plus as we are very aware of nowadays. Turning people and domesticate animal food into zoom-zooming around motor fuels is pretty damn stupid. Pretty damn selfish.
Wood/cellulose conversion to methanol still only works Big-scale Top-Down susidized.
E.g. the millions investments lost on the Columbia River Cellulanistic (methanol making) plant once US Federal $1.00 a gallon prop-up went away.
Now wood-for-power as the MENS folks proved well does scale down usable to the individual use level.
NOT subject to BATF oversight permissions, licensees and taxes. And theses; very subject to political wind shifts.
And until chepeeko’s drive us to it with self-CO poisonings, and burn up world vehicle carelessness, bound to stay that way.
Mums-the-word to stretch out this Woodgas Golden Era time as long as possible IMHO.