Good illustrative lesson here with this topic request you have put up GerrardG.
Welcome to The DOW and being willing to speak out.
I am fuel uses way over one half a century experienced now. 65+ year in truth.
The time to develop alternative usable fuels is before the needs.
Life shits happen always given time, events, decades, political winds of change, restrictive/eliminating regulatory blowing winds.
So of course use what fuel is currently offered and available. It will be the cheapest.
BUT . . . be hustling ass to have some capability to use other sources.
DEVELOP the use experiences in other sources BEFORE the need. This will tie up 2x, 3x, 4x the time/money/efforts of just using depending on what is currently available.
And you will be called a fool by some friends, and most family for your DYI fuel/energy pursuits.
Well, make other like interest friends. We can help with that.
Ignore the nay-sayers in the family. Irritated enough I keep a biting-back listing of their (to me) senseless pursuits.
How many fuel/energy alternatives to be using continuously daily? Need three. One or the other will fail you or can be withdrawn at any time.
I do self grown wood. Pay for grid-hydroelectricity. Pay for gasoline and bit’o pump diesel. Bit of bottled LPG.
Others with different circumstances will have different mix. With available street piped in natural gas. With 200+ plus days of meaningful solar.
Here are the real fools in my family and friends:
those who sheeple accept just what ever is cheapest and offered currently
those who “idealistically” insist on putting all of their energy/fuel uses in one +perfect" fragile basket. LPG. PV Solar. Big-Grid. Petroleum products. Elon Musks lasted greatest rare earths wonder-mobile. Doesn’t matter. Your fragile one-fuel basket will get dropped. Strong strong stolen. Creeping regulated/taxed make-a-better-percentage Elites world stolen away from you.
Past the what you can do mechanically/technically . . . it is what you can get away with doing road use legally where-ever you would do it.
I read in some areas of Africa they have legally restricted the uses of wood charcoal to prevent desertification.
Some forest areas heavily restrict any claimed-use of wood-for-fuels/charcoal during wild fire seasons. Germany and parts of Sweden forbid woodgas vehicles for gas-poisoning safety regulations.
This is legal/can-I-get-away-with-it is a whole 'nother reason to always have multiple viable usable proven-use options. Changes can be demanded as you are now experiencing rapidly.
Enough decades of living and an astute become wise person will shed thier sheeple mantle; and high-ideals; and learn you must row your boat with the currents-of-changes. But always with your goals steadfast in mind.
tree-farmer Steve unruh
three levels redundancy in all things except for the wife