Originally Posted by Polwart
How much access do you have to pelletted wood? it strikes me that almost everyone I speak to is looking at woodburners and pellet fired boilers (either as "eco bling", lower cost, or whatever). If this is someone's main source if heating it will need a lot of wood - which if everyone goes over to that route the "wood pellet people" will respond to market forces and hold you to ransom instead (unless you have your own wood and the time and inclination to harvest, dry, pellet etc yourself). I wouldn't be surprised to see the local kerosene suppliers becoming the dominant supplier in wood either!
This is a very good point. Market works, sooner or later, always. The availability of wood
bricket's, pellets or chips might be a interesting issue in a soon future. Many of traditional coal/ fossil fuel power plants have plans to significantly increase(or to start) use wood based energy. This also in areas without much own domestic supply. It seams that demands will exceed supply easily. How much this will impact on price on pellets for household burners is hard to tell, but raw material is anyway the same.
In the long run a multifuel option might be a cleaver solution, and would not exclude electricity, as i am not at all sure that this biofuel thing will last very long. Considering the transportation/ production "footprint" biofuels are maybe not so green after all.