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  1. #1
    Terry Porritt
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    Default Off Topic: Compost Heap Temperature

    There was a thread some time ago about compost heaps, here is a follow up.

    On wednesday I remade a compost heap from previously shredded shrubbery which had already gone through one composting session, jasmine etc, woody material, soft weed and soil from the vege garden, fresh shredded large daisy plants, large quantity of dead poplar leaves,with ammonium sulphate sprinkled in and watered for about the right wetness, all in all a heap 750mm square and about 1200mm high contained in a stackable wooeden compost bin structure. The heap is now about 800mm high

    Yesterday and today the temperature at the centre of the pile measured with a Fluke multimeter thermocouple probe was 58/61 deg C. Too hot to hold ones hand there indefinitely !

    Perhaps this is the answer for domestic heating, compost heaps with fitted wet-backs .

  2. #2
    Graham L
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    Default Re: Off Topic: Compost Heap Temperature

    I can't see it as a popular replacement for an electric blanket. Yet. ;-)

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    Murray P
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    Default Re: Off Topic: Compost Heap Temperature

    With a bit of manure added perhaps a fuel source as well TP. With a peg, a funnel and pipe, a lighter and a frying pan you could have breakfast in bed or a very good tool for getting layabout's out of the house. I'm sure GL will get over his initial reservations and be willing to help test your new invention, in the interests of science of course.

    Cheers Murray ;P

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    Graham L
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    Default Re: Off Topic: Compost Heap Temperature

    Chickens would clean up the scraps and provide the breakfast eggs; their other output would keep the fermentation going.

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    Murray P
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    Default Re: Off Topic: Compost Heap Temperature

    Curpin product

    Cheers Murray P

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    exLL
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    Default Re: Off Topic: Compost Heap Temperature

    >Yesterday and today the temperature at the centre of the pile >measured with a Fluke multimeter thermocouple probe was 58/61 deg >C. Too hot to hold ones hand there indefinitely !

    >Perhaps this is the answer for domestic heating, compost heaps with >fitted wet-backs.......

    On a garden show on TV ages ago, it showed a gardener who had set up a compost heap with some coiled pipes in the middle and actually got a usable amount of hot water from the system. He had worked out how much material he needed and managed to keep it stocked up sufficient for his purpose. It was experimental but showed that it could have potential in certain circumstances.

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