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polaris

Poooooo! :D and Seaweed!!

So... I have recently come across the ingeniousness that is "poo bricks"... :P from horse waste.
I was wondering a few things about this as it sounds like a fabulous idea to me. I have plenty going to waste.

A. Can you use manure from any large herbivores? eg. Cows as well as horses?

B. Does it not stink to high holy heaven when burned?

C. Any risks from breathing in the smoke?

D. How in the name of god do you actually make them??



On a side note....
Any tips on drying and curing seaweeds for burning?
Can it be used as a decent fuel?
Could I compress this into bricks and dry?

As we also have literally mountains of seaweed taller than my knees roll up into the bottom of the garden on high tides.
(It recently squashed a lovely display of daffodils so I'm feeling vengeful!)
rhino

I read a blog from someone in USA but can't find it now he made brick like mold from from scrap wood filled it and pressed it in till it was solid. Turned them out then stacked them to dry he said he was doing around 200 in a morning. There's no smell when dry or burning, why would you want to inhale the smoke   Cows dung would be too wet to be manageable unless you found an easy way to dry it, it is used in Africa where it's gathered dry.
The burnt manure is a brilliant fertiliser.
Don't know about seaweed sorry.
polaris

rhino wrote:
I read a blog from someone in USA but can't find it now he made brick like mold from from scrap wood filled it and pressed it in till it was solid. Turned them out then stacked them to dry he said he was doing around 200 in a morning. There's no smell when dry or burning, why would you want to inhale the smoke   Cows dung would be too wet to be manageable unless you found an easy way to dry it, it is used in Africa where it's gathered dry.
The burnt manure is a brilliant fertiliser.
Don't know about seaweed sorry.


I was just thinking that if you've got an open hearth and any fumes that may "possibly" escape for any reason and be accidentally inhaled... promise I won't stick my head in the log burner!!  

We have a lot of cow crap up here that dries into perfect patts like frizbee's, I once gave my friend a black eye when I threw one at her as a child    so it's wouldnt be hard to gather those if they worked.  
Rena

Cow pats have been used as fuel, here in the Western USA for eons. I have heard it smells 'different', but its value as a fuel source outweighs that.
Gareth

My friend Mikki and I have been making Horse manure fuel bricks, and she has burnt them all winter as her primary heating fuel: http://overthegate.myfreeforum.org/about28635.html
rhino

I think british cow pats would need a hot axe to light them  
Gareth

When mixed with shredded paper, straw or woodchip animal bedding, dried cow manure will burn readily...... you would just need to experiment a little to get the proportions right.

Apparently seaweed can be dried and burnt, but I would dry it and mill it to sell it as a garden, veg plot and pasture fertiliser, especially now that dredging for calcified seaweed is banned along much of the south and south west coast of Britain.
bodger

It'll keep you nice and warm but you'll tend to spend your evenings on your own and oh yes, nobody will want to shake hands with you.
polaris

Gareth wrote:
My friend Mikki and I have been making Horse manure fuel bricks, and she has burnt them all winter as her primary heating fuel: http://overthegate.myfreeforum.org/about28635.html


Read right back through that! Definitely going to be laying aside silly amounts this year when I convince my grandad to make me a mould Don't know why I never thought of this before!! Thanks!!!

Do you know roughly how many bricks were used a month? As a guestimate!
Gareth

Mikki is burning 4 horse manure bricks on her open fire, and 4HM bricks in her wood burner each evening; so 8 HM bricks per day, which is 240 or 248 HM bricks per calendar month.

She has also burnt approx.  500 kgs of timber this winter, mainly bits of old pallet and off-cuts obtained from me. These are used to initially warm the hearth up, and get a few glowing coals burning nicely before adding the manure brick....... the HM bricks need to be added to an already warm hearth for the best results.
kat_lewis

Thanks for the info on how and how many gareth. We followed the post and have been planning to start making these this year.  
rhino

Found that site
http://www.backwoodshome.com/articles2/hooker87.html
sod

As Rena said dung has been used for cooking for ever but I think Gareth has taken it to another level

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