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Hello to everyone,  Great sight!,  Good info!
Looking for ideas to heat my home for next winter using my grass clippings for fuel.
Was thing about trying to make pellets and mod a pellet stove to burn them efficiently,
But then I came apon this site  http://mb-soft.com/public3/globalzk.html
Looks promising,  but looking for some first hand  insite, performance expectation, problems,  and any dangers involved.  Has anyone tried this?


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Very interesting idea. I remember as a kid on the dairy farm how warm the piles of sileage, and manure would be in the piles, when moving them in winter. I think it would be a good idea to try a small trial size, too get idea how it would work.
 
Kolomona Myer
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Damn, I was hoping to be the 1st to link to mb-soft.com

This guys site is absolutely amazing! Everyone should dive into his material. I only wish it was easier to read and understand.

http://mb-soft.com/public3/globalzl.html is really what people here should check out. Heat your home using nothing but compost!

I would love to build one of these, I just lack the skills. If anyone here builds one I'd be very interested in how it works for them also.

 
                      
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I have to agree on being able to understand some of what he is saying. I reread a couple of times on printed paper, and was able to focus alittle more that way. I find it hard to read alot of long printed stories on a monitor! It does look like a doable project, that would take a little learning curve to make it work.
 
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There is but one difficulty with this process, the time differential.  Grass, leaves etc are available during the WARM growing season and start to decompose, thus giving up a great deal of that heat, right away.  The issue thus is how to store the heat until it is needed?  So far there aren't cheap and easy solutions.  If you are building from scratch a super-insulated rock or water chamber buried under your house might do the trick but that would be quite a renovation to an existing structure.  The logistics of this as a primary heating source for much of the winter in Northern USA and Canada isn't good.  As a supplementary source for fall and early winter it has potential.
 
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Different methods of storing energy, their pros and cons

http://mb-soft.com/public2/storing.html
 
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I'm working with a community group exploring these types of idea's and all I'll say is that a lot of the assumptions made in that link are far more difficult and expensive to implement than they appear.  So much so in fact that the cost benefit, of which we've done several analysis, require electricity to be at 35 cents per kW to break even over a 20 year investment period.  It's not a simple matter!
 
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I think the author's intent was to help people realize that storage of energy is not a trivial matter. It's a very difficult problem to solve with any sort of efficiency.


 
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