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RE: [penn-permaculture] Permie emergency measures...

From: Fred K.
Sent on: Wednesday, October 31, 2012 10:58 PM
Not the "few hours" figure (that might be true, though I would estimate more like a full day ?) but rather that's it's any good for crowding around.  Hold a smore over that thing and nothing will happen.  Now if you want to shove that smore deep into the center of the compost pile, that ought to work, if a little slowly.  Recommend you wrap it in foil first.

Surely there's sufficient expertise within this group to make our own wind generators, pedal-power generators, and solar thermal sources of electricity, and make them all out of trash even.  I feel like I've said so a thousand times though, in a hundred different contexts to a wide variety of people.  I don't want to be annoying, and I've gotten bored with suggesting such.  But this time I'm not the proverbial canary.  I'm living large downtown with my grid power.

From: [address removed]
To: [address removed]
Subject: [penn-permaculture] Permie emergency measures...
Date: Wed, 31 Oct[masked]:16:15 -0400

This one is for all you serious composters out there.

How fast does a compost pile heat up? I'm looking at a whole town without electricity, and it's getting cold. I've heard that throwing wet leaves and kitchen scraps into a closed trash bag with some compost starter will heat up in a few hours, for an outdoor "crowd-around" heat source.

Can anybody confirm or deny this?



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