OK, OK, stop laughing. Our horse farm keeps getting larger and the manure pile keeps getting larger too. I recycle the stuff as we store it for about 5yrs plus add a little lime, mix it with the Cat and the local nursery grabs it for free and makes top soil that is then reused. Good for the environment, not so good for me as we give away tons of manure/shavings for free. Soooo.. ideas please.
Modern wood stoves use secondary heating for efficiency so how about a small coal/wood burner primary chamber feeding a large secondary chamber of compressed shavings/manure. I bet if it's hot enough it would burn super clean and hot and a 2000F anthracite fire would be a hell of a start. If I could only make it a simple process????? I need to find a cheap off the shelf burner that I could adapt. My initial idea is a scoop from the Cat 955h or the smaller Bobcat as the feeder, into a hopper, auger feed to a coal fired unit and then what???
I know it's raining and I'm bored but it just may work and if any person knows how to do this I am betting it's a board member. If it's not simple I know I won't do it. No compacting or drying as that would mean it's too much trouble. So I have tons (and tons) of this potential fuel, farm heavy equipment to load it and a powerful need to save money. I suspect anthracite is the catalyst I need. Here hydronics is a must of course as it needs to be way away from the house and piped in.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZWvoTzLzLwU