Hey KevinR I have both woodstoved and gasified with cotton wood a bit. Works. Is a dried down low density, lower enrgy by volumn fuel wood with a higher end ash %. Once dried - Keep it under cover and dry. Soaks up water like a spong, then rots quick. Still sap wet burnt it will smell like cat piss.
Guys we can debate top-down controls of energy sources endlessly. And I would put forward that once you allow anything to be commodolized then subject to “futures” speculation that that is now the most significant price swings driving factor. E.G. the California deregulation of grid power then allowing speculators like “the crooked E”, Enron to steal billions never can be got back with western grid market manipulations.
But in the end all you really can control is you and your little corner of the world that touches you.
In our Consumer societies we can do this very personal, and directly.
My pancakes and french toast get real regional cows butter, real NA maple syrup or local bees honey. Made with our own deep rich bugs and grasses fed chicken eggs.
Nope. Ain’t enough cows butter for everybody. They hook, line and sinker mostly use “healthy for you?” vegetable oil margarine.
Nope Ain’t enough real maple syrup for All either. They hook, line and sinker use corn syrups artificially flavored. Mrs Butterworths should be listed as addictive. Yum. Yum.
Ain’t enough 100% nectar local honey for All either. They price seduced by China watered down imports.
Ha! Ha! Very funny to me when I get called elitist for insisting on the the best like these, and woodheat.
Yes JO I can afflord these because I cheap Internet, actually mechanically wear out my electronics, drive our must get good good mileage vehicles out into their recycling age, live in a 50’s lifestyle house not back to the future “connectivity” converted. Buy, and wearout PNW wools. USA 100% cottons. Dino synthetics NOT good around woodstoves!!
Only thing that has really effected me is when the “trends” makes what I do use and consume impossible to source at any sacrifice price.
Been through two gasoline rationing era’s in my lifetime. And many grid-down power outages.
So I insist on the freedom to make my own for these no availability times.
Wood-for-Power in any way getting tougher and tougher here socially labeling me as a “TreeKiller” or a Pee-loot-er. These progressive socials all vote and end up driving me even more to the energy bootlegging, then by their new laws illegal approaches. I am now locked out on driving on wood. Challenge the OBDII beast a few thousand time and sooner or later he bites back hard.
I am not elitist at all. Neither, am I an energy-for-all missionary.
Just like our home grown eggs and chickens has at times a sweaty, shitty, blood guts and feathers personal price: woodpower demands a personal woodsweat commitment outgo too.
History shows well now repeated time after time: late 1940’s, early 1980’s then the whole 1990’s that only those willing to personally pay the woodsweat price repeatedly, annually, will not allow themselves to be bought-off and put wood-for-power into real ongoing use.
And this is that one in a million guy or gal.
Yep. I now judge “woodgassers” by the size of their woodpiles. All else is talk/squawking with no sustainable real use results.
As some have come to know me through personal contacts that I’m actually more woodenergy insistent than this. IF you are not willing to invest in actually growing your wood enrgy to balance your consumption you should stick with dino energies, grid energies along with margarine, corn syrups, and eggs and chicken meats from the store shelves. ( means more available for those who want and are willing to sweat sacrifice for the Real values)
I do try to moderate down my living beliefs to more internet group social though.
Regards to all