Dangus McFinghin wrote:I know this may be a relatively unpleasant topic for some, but I know that throughout history there have been some cultures that used manure for various sorts of fires. Most notably to me is the Mongols, who conquered much of the known world using swords and spears forged over fires made from dried horse manure. Horse manure contains a lot of grass though, and so obviously it gained a lot of its burn characteristics from that cellulose content. Aside from containing carbon, feces also contains a high amount of nitrates that might not burn at regular temperatures for a wood fire, but might do so under extreme heat. This makes me wonder if inside a "rocket" type stove, manure could be burned and the nitrates would be able to form nitrous oxide, which in turn might further oxidize carbons in the exhaust stream providing additional chemical reactions beyond what a normal fire produces.
Does anyone have experience burning manures of any kind? Does anyone have any scientific expertise on this matter with regard to the chemistry of the reactions? We have a large and steady stream of cat wastes available to us that are in pine litter, and would like to know if we can incinerate them and if there'd be any benefit to doing so.