New pile, mass vs heat

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Author: Utopian (Utopian)
Thursday, April 21, 2011 - 12:26 am
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Unfortunately, in the size of piles used for personal humanure composting, I don't think you can get much hot water generation. If you were to do so, the result would be the cooling of your pile, which would be counterproductive.

Author: Nancybeetoo (Nancybeetoo)
Wednesday, January 26, 2011 - 1:56 am
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When you hit three feet tall I predict you'll get 140F degrees. Then the whole thing stays hot for a long time. I always stress a bit in the beginning of a pile because it seems like its not heating up,and then it does.

Nancy

Author: Fibulo (Fibulo)
Tuesday, January 25, 2011 - 1:25 pm
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I've recently started a new compost pile with the following stats:

Size - 4 x 4 x 4 ft chicken wire wood frame bin
Cover material - leaves and rough cardboard bits
Bucket material - shredded leaf mold

I fill and dump about one bucket per week of pee, feces, and assorted kitchen scraps. I found at little over one foot depth (16 cu ft) I was hitting 60 and now a little over two feet (32 cu ft) I've hit 90. I'm aiming for 120-130. I want to see steam. Any suggestions?

The next step is to run a hose through it to see how much hot water one can generate per hour per cubic foot of compost. Has anyone experimented with this aspect of our mutual hobby?

For once in my life, I can say my sh*t doesn't stink. There's a healthy pride of feral cats in these parts and the compost pile is ignored.

Sincerely,
Fibulo

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