How can we use compost to heat our homes?



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    Compost might not be the greatest of home heat sources.  While compost piles produce a good amount of heat, they’re not quite efficient enough to provide a reliable source of power.  A study of whether compost could be used to heat a greenhouse concluded that compost heat could only be used as a heat suppliment, and that gases produced through decomposition posed problems.

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    The methane and other gases that are produced by decomposition of organic substances are emitted at high temperatures and can be utilized to heat, for example, a pipe full of water running through the compost heap. The compost does need to have a sufficiently large volume, and must be well-constructed so as to prevent any heat from escaping. The link goes to an experiment of water heating using compost; look through it, their results are pleasing.

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