whether it would be practical enough to be a viable space heat source might be a different matter - the process could not be conveniently turned on/off so it would then need to be a continuous thing with some method of storing heat that could be turned on/off -
You could just put a couple elephants in the basement. . ..
joshthewhistler wrote:[pile size & moisture level] make me think that what he was doing was actually anaerobically digesting the wood as opposed to composting it.
This may be coming out of far left field, but... what about applying the anaerobic compost/digestion concept to a mortuary?
My friend, a 3rd generation undertaker says bodies don't decay like they used to due to all the preservatives and other chem in our systems. However, I am relatively certain that zombies are anaerobic. Just let me get one thing straight, would these be mastadon zombies or human?
I think you can tell what I'm getting at. Do you think it would be possible to recreate conditions similar to those of a mastodon's gut to produce heat, methane and digested woody products?
These conditions would be:
-a large chamber.
-kept relatively warm until it produces its own heat.
-filled with a mixture of water, chipped woody products and bacteria.
What I imagine is a tank integrated into a house instead of a woodstove... Ambitious, maybe too much so.
Note in particular, that this is anaerobic decomposition (fermentation) taking place. This differs from most composting methods.
This is just something that's been on my mind for a while after reading Tim Flannery's book, The Eternal Frontier, where he advocates the re-introduction of megafauna into the North American biome. Worth reading...