R Scott wrote:What would happen if you built it so the debris was composting? would it self-heat, get too hot, or stink a person out?
Joe Skeletor wrote:There was a project about 15 years ago in chicago with the Resource Center where a guy buried an old van or station wagon in a huge pile of compost over the winter to live in. There's an article (don't know if it ever made it on the internet) about it in a zine of the time. From what I remember, it actually got too hot to live comfortably in. I would imagine you would need some really good ventilation system in place. It would be interesting if somebody tried this kind of thing again!
Jessica Gorton wrote:The way I learned about debris huts, you stuff them full of leaves and debris and crawl into the mess, like a giant sleeping bag made of debris. You heat it with your body heat, so you need the insulation right up against you. What you're describing sounds more like a wikiup or similar native dwelling of such tribes as the Abenaki and others that lived in the boreal latitudes. In such a dwelling you could have a fire pit, while in a debris hut, at least as I learned how to make it, there's no fire, just lots of stuffing.