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Alternate fuels

Posted: Wed Nov 02, 2016 7:44 pm
by Ericjay9
In my post apocalyptic book the world is in a freeze for years. 20 years since the beginning of the cold and about a solid 5 since the freeze set in. I know gasoline goes stale after about 2 to 3 years, so what alternate fuels could be used, mind you it's a frozen wasteland. But I do have certain underground communities making methane from manure and compost.
Any other ideas or is the idea of having a working truck just not possible?

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Re: Alternate fuels

Posted: Wed Nov 02, 2016 11:17 pm
by DannusMaximus
I can't think of a reason you couldn't still use wood as a stock to make fuel gas, or use it on it's own as a fuel for wood fired steam engines. If a tree has been frozen dead for a decade, then it is probably dry as a bone and in relatively good shape as far as rot (wood decomposition wouldn't occur if everything was completely frozen, I wouldn't think).

I can go out to my woodpile in the dead of winter, bang a few pieces of firewood together to knock off the ice and snow, and they light right up when tossed in the woodburner.

Re: Alternate fuels

Posted: Wed Nov 02, 2016 11:24 pm
by TheWarriorMax
IIRC, early crude Diesel engines were designed to run on peanut or coconut oil.

Re: Alternate fuels

Posted: Mon Nov 07, 2016 8:05 pm
by KnightoftheRoc
Kerosene, Fuel oil, Diesel, all stockpile for a looooooong time without going bad. So does natural gas or propane, along with a host of other flammable gases and liquids. Really, almost ANYTHING could be used as a fuel, provided you have the means to get it ignited, and up to a stable combustion temperature.