Energy storage still is, and probably always will be, the greatest challenge we face as a species. I agree with you, the best method would just be to need less of it. I'll have to find those books you mentioned.Assuming this is a thought experiment, I would not spend a dime on anything until I built a zero energy home. The easiest wood to cut is the wood you dont have to. Even in northern climates you can build a Passivhaus or a house using Pretty Good House concepts and drastically reduce your heating load. That cuts your wood usage way down and makes things far easier if you elect to burn wood. For most zero energy homes they can ride through several cloudy days in cold weather without supplemental heat and then when supplemental heat is needed the owner fires off a small wood stove. If the house is on the grid with net metering, the owner may even skip the wood stove and use heat pump technology for supplemental heat. The other issue is square footage, obtaining wood to keep a 1000 square feet heated is lot less daunting than for 5000 foot home.
When I was in high school during the first arab oil embargo my dad wanted to burn wood so we cut trees with a bow saw and hand split them, then hauled them home in the trunk of car, We processed about a cord. It was lot of work and made us appreciate a chainsaw. I use about 3 cords a year to heat my home and I have hand split 95% of it for about 20 years. I supplement with a mini split run off of surplus net metered power from my PV system.
The key would be to cut and process and dry the wood preferably in the backyard so that a car or truck is not needed. If the wood has to be hauled over the road , the wood preferably would be cut, split and seasoned at the wood lot so that the amount of weight that needs to be hauled is substantially reduced. Hauling water in the form of wet wood kills you two ways, a ton of 50% moisture content wood is 1000 pounds of water that needs to be hauled. Let it dry to 20% and there is only 400 gallons of water to haul. Then once its home, if the wood is 50% when it goes in the stove that 1000 lbs of water has to be evaporated to vapor to go up the stack. That is roughly 1 million btu of heat lost up the stack. Its actually far more as the vapor would keep the flame temp low so there would be incomplete combustion and unburnt gases goign up the stack (which leads to creosote). Get it down to 20% and that is far less water that needs to be evaporated and the flame temp is going to be a lot hotter leading to cleaner combustion.
Before you do a thought experiment you need to draw boundaries and look at total energy including embodied energy. Concrete requires a lot of embodied energy, the global concrete industry is significant source of global warming,. The clacining reaction requires very hot flame temps which means lots of fossil fuels plus the reaction give off CO2. The lime needs aggregate and crushing rock requires a lot of energy. Then the ingredients need to be mixed with water and then hauled down the road to the site. Cut the use of concrete in home and the embodied energy goes down substantially. If electric power needs to be stored the current choice is lithium based chemistry. Battery grade lithium has a lot of embodied energy, it may take years for a lithium based battery to offset the embodied energy used to make the battery. Lead acid has far less embodied energy as lead is far easier to recycle. Nickle Iron batteries can last for 100 plus years so they are probably the least embodied energy. The trade off is the energy storage density and cycle efficiency is far lower than lithium.
This looks like the biggest saw that could be used out in the field on small to medium sized trees (equals about 45-50cc saw). You could cut logs to 4 feet, load them, and use your plug-in saws at home to finish the job.It seems like some of the battery chainsaws are hitting the low end of acceptable. I'd get a Milwaukee and limit myself to small diameter stuff and short cutting sessions. Depending on your situation, you could wheel barrow it around and manual stack.
I was really impressed by the 18v string trimmer.
I have the 16 inch flexvolt saw. It is a pretty good saw, as long as the chain stays sharp. I use it up in trees to cut limbs since you don't have to start a saw 40 feet up in a tree. The 9Ah battery lasts about as long as a tank of gas in a similar size saw. It would definitely be doable to charge the battries off a solar electric system.The Dewalt Flex Volt saw seems pretty decent, but until batteries become lighter than fuel, count me out.
I think about snagging one for my wife, but I already have four saws! I do have a few 9ah batteries though...I have the 16 inch flexvolt saw. It is a pretty good saw, as long as the chain stays sharp. I use it up in trees to cut limbs since you don't have to start a saw 40 feet up in a tree. The 9Ah battery lasts about as long as a tank of gas in a similar size saw. It would definitely be doable to charge the battries off a solar electric system.
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