Research


Day 1 Preparation                                                                                                                           .     

Day 2 Horse 42°C (106F) Chicken 43°C (110F) Hot Box 10°C (50F) Air min -4°C (30F)  Max 0°C

Day 3 Horse 52°C (126F) Chicken 61°C (142F) Hot Box 7°C (44F) Air min 2°C (36F)  Max 4°C

Day 4 Horse 65°C (149F) Chicken 55°C (131F) Hot Box 6°C (43F) Air min -1°C (30F)  Max 1°C

Day 5 Horse 52°C (124F) Chicken 60°C (140F) Hot Box 10°C (50F) Air min 2°C (34F)  Max 9°C

Day 6 Horse 61°C (142F) Chicken 61°C (142F) Hot Box 14°C (57F) Air min 4°C (39F)  Max 8°C

 Day 7 Horse 63°C (145F) Chicken 63°C (145F) Hot Box 7°C (44F) Air min C (36F)  Max 8°C

Day 8 Horse 63°C (145F) Chicken 62°C (143F) Hot Box 8°C (46F) Air min C (39F)  Max 10°C

Day 9 Horse 64°C (147F) Chicken 62°C (143F) Hot Box 4°C (39F) Air min 0°C (32F)  Max 10°C

Day 10 Horse 45°C 113F Chicken 64°C 147F Hot Box 10°C 50F Air min -3°C (29F)  Max 11°C

Day 11 Horse 30°C 86F Chicken 63°C 145F Hot Box -1°C 31F Air min -5°C (23F)  Max 9°C

Day 12 Horse 19°C 67F Chicken 62°C 144F Hot Box 2°C 36F Air min -3°C (27F)  Max 9°C

Day 13 Horse 13°C 55F Chicken 61°C 142F Hot Box 3°C 37F Air min -4°C (25F)  Max 8°C

Day 14 Horse 11°C 52F Chicken 64°C 147F Hot Box C 39F Air min C (34F)  Max 8°C

Day 15 Horse 10°C 50F Chicken 62°C 147F Hot Box 5°C 41F Air min 2°C (36F)  Max 3°C

Day 16 Data display Stopped!                 

Day 25 Data display Restarted!                                                                                         

Day 26 Horse 31°C 88F Chicken 68°C 156F Hot Box 10°C 50F Air min 2°C (36F)  Max 13°C

Day 27Horse 38°C 102F Chicken 65°C 149F Hot Box 12°C 52F Air min 2°C (36F)  Max 9°C

We recently carried out three experiments to see how easy it is or not to produce compost from two materials, horse manure and chicken manure which are available during winter and what temperatures we achieve. We also experimented with our Hot Box. Scroll down for more details.


res_011On Day 26 we thought it was all over. We emptied and moved the compost bins, refilling them in their new home. We added Garotta to the horse manure (stable manure) and water to the chicken because it was drying out. What we found was the chicken carried on at 60°C 140F plus and the horse started to heat up after we added Garotta. .

 

 

Three research Compost Bins

Day 27: Excited to see if the horse can catch the chicken. The chicken has lost a lot of water and we expect it to cool down……………

To carry out the research the compost bins were set up in the following way:

 

Horse_ManureHorse Manure: Day1 Start with one 27 cu.ft (0.73 cu.m) Compost Bin with Lid, aerating-Base, 10 ml Biotal General Purpose, Compost Aerator, moisture meter, thermometer and insulation. Fill the Compost Bin entirely with horse manure mixed in with straw and paper bedding material. Add 10ml of Biotal General Purpose to a 10ltr watering can and water in. Cover the contents with the Insulation and Lid.  Aerate and mix the contents with the Compost Aerator daily for up to 1 minute.

 

Horse Manure

 


Chicken_ManureChicken Manure:
Day1 Start with one 27 cu.ft (0.73 cu.m) Compost Bin with Lid, aerating-Base, 10 ml Biotal General Purpose, Compost Aerator, moisture meter, thermometer and insulation. Fill the Compost Bin entirely with chicken manure mixed in with sawdust bedding material and waste feed. Add 10ml of Biotal General Purpose to a 10ltr watering can and water in. Cover the contents with our Insulation and Lid.  Aerate and mix the contents with the Compost Aerator daily for up to 1 minute.

 

Chicken Manure

 


HotboxHot Box:
Day1 Start with one 12 cu.ft (0.33 cu.m) Compost Bin with glass top, aerating-Base, 10 ml Biotal General Purpose, moisture meter and thermometer. Fill the Compost Bin entirely with horse manure mixed in with straw and paper bedding material. Cover with 50mm of garden soil. Add 10ml of Biotal General Purpose to a 10ltr watering can and water in.

 

HotBox
InsulationInsulation was used on both the horse and chicken experiment. Insulation enables the maximum amount of heat to be retained. The Hot Box was capped with a thin layer of garden soil which insulated and captured any obnoxious odours being given off.

 

Insulation used to cover compost bin contents

The following experiment was carried out during one September and is summarised below:

Grass Recipe – Turn grass into compost within 21 days!

Equipment: Start with one 27 cu.ft (0.73 cu.m) Compost Bin with Lid, aerating-Base, Biotal for Grass, Compost Aerator, moisture meter, thermometer and Insulation. Fill the Compost Bin entirely with green grass. Add 10ml of Biotal for grass to a 10ltr watering can and water in. Cover the contents with the insulating material.

Procedure: After 24 hours after which the contents have settled aerate and mix the contents with the Compost Aerator daily for 1 minute.

Results: Within 36 hours the contents will have heated up to as much as 70°C (158°F) and remain at that temperature for a consecutive 7 days. The temperature will slowly cool down over the next 14 days returning to the ambient outside air temperature. The contents will decrease by as much as 75%  in volume within 21 days. Moisture content will go from dry, to moist to wet before returning back to dry. After 21 days the green grass will look brown and crumbly and is ready to be used on the garden or allowed to further compost down in the compost bin. Leave it long enough and there will be nothing left