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500 showers heated from one small compost pile how to tutorial

January 26, 2012 by  
Filed under Guest Articles on Low Cost Heating Brian Kerkvliet from Inspiration Farm tells us about his little compost pile that provided 500 hot showers. Compost heat can, indeed, be captured to heat water. After the hot showers, you have a lovely pile of compost! The moisture from the shower feeds mushrooms! Hot water, compost and mushrooms. Permaculture!
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25 Responses to “500 showers heated from one small compost pile how to tutorial”
  1. 1wicked2008 says:

    wouldn’t it be better if the shower was down hill from the compost leased 8 feet over head…i love this ideal..and plan on doing it after the weather breaks here..bamboo is a great ideal for privacy but has alot of maintenance so it don’t get out of about a cob wall around it with a roof i think it would be alot better less maintenance and cheap and ez to build with..just a thought..bamboo’s not native over here and may take over the landscape over time thx 4 the ideal tho

  2. lheartlondon says:

    that is so cool!  love your videos!!!

  3. benjioch says:

    hellow my name is benjamin, could you send the information of exactly how you did and with which materials you used on your heating compost to work out please at this email

  4. 2turtlesdo says:

    wow! with all the research on living small this is the best thing i’ve seen by far!!! thank you for broadening my thinking!!!

  5. jeffreywhill says:

    That’s one heck of a lot of compost…not what you could generate in the average suburban home with vegetable scraps and leaf raking. To make this practical, you need to live on a farm with animals, or in the deep woods with lots and lots of leaves. I have 28 pine trees on my lot, and a whole year’s dropped pine needles might be that big before settling, and pine needles are terrible for composting … very slow. I’d need manure delivered to make this work.

  6. sly2kusa says:

    Now that is awesome!

  7. KamekoBruns says:

    Point of order. That is not a “small” compost pile. That joke aside, it’s an interesting project but for all the time and effort that must have gone into that for just a two-month pay off wouldn’t a geo-thermal setup have provided more benefit in the way of a more consistent heat level and over a much longer time period?

  8. genmama1955 says:

    Wow! I never knew compost could heat water! You learn something new every day I guess.

  9. rubert134 says:

    @SickSh0ck I’m not sure if that’s sarcasm but anyway the bacteria breaking down the organic matter generate heat. A compost pile can get pretty hot. Not sexually but temperature.

  10. OccupyPsyche says:

    @OccupyPsyche composting produces it’s own heat if it is a big enough pile it can really really cook for awhile

  11. OccupyPsyche says:

    seems good for a summer camping area, or a cabin that is used in summers only

  12. SickSh0ck says:

    so you burn the dirt to heat your water?

  13. rollingstopp says:

    got milk -got hot water= peace

  14. 12tman12 says:

    @JustDiploid Then pity you didn’t stick around until grade 6. He’s got 100 feet of piping in there, that’s more than you’ll get in your basic heat exchanger at home.

  15. BooGooNFlowoo4Evoo says:

    @finleyalicia I suppose so. As long as you can make sure that there are no hose punctures and the temp stays on the high range of 140 degrees (possible, but not always in a compost pile) then there shouldn’t be any problems. However, a hose puncture/temperature variation could mean you’re showering in some fairly bacterial stuff, especially if you’re the first person to use the showers that day.

  16. finleyalicia says:

    @BooGooNFlowoo4Evoo It doesn’t take long because the water is running through a 100 feet of hose inside 140 degree compost pile.

  17. Crunchy68 says:

    I can see how this is built, coiling the poly pipe while layering the compost. But how is it unmade when it’s time to empty and spread the compost? I’d be afraid to stick a shovel or fork near the water pipe or hose.

  18. jcfdillon says:

    If you have a compost pile outdoors like that, with food scraps being added every day, and some other organic materials being added, possibly with some adequately aerated but also insulated box sorta thing, it would be possible to get hot water all winter I think. Just have to control the aeration a bit so that the cooling rate from outdoor cold air is not too much to overcome the heating effect of the composting. Also the hot water can heat the floor heating system of a small house I think.

  19. yodellikeyoumeanit09 says:

    Crazy hippie shit. I love it

  20. JustDiploid says:

    @sustainable2012 If you run your hot water at anything more than a trickle, it will run out of heat almost immediately. The guy is greatly exaggerating how much hot water this will produce. It’s basic 6th grade science.

  21. marcorutili says:

    @morkrom1 bacterias involved in compostage process need air and oxigen

  22. morkrom1 says:

    Why don’t you isolate the compost in an underground insulator lined compartment so that your shower isn’t just an ugly ass “summer thing” sitting next to and contributing to the decomposition of your wooden cabin?

    There’s nothing stopping you, since you have interns every summer. Imagine spending 6 hours doing that so you don’t have to ever have them pile shit for an “internship” again!

    A second thing, why all the mushroom talk? What use is a mycelium colony to you?

  23. jeanineadele says:

    Maybe build a little wooden enclosure screen for privacy. Great idea!

  24. illuminationclub says:

    You people should be running America……..

  25. paulwheaton12 says:

    @BooGooNFlowoo4Evoo 20 seconds

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