Compost for Water Heating
I’m wondering if anyone here has tried, or makes regular use of compost to heat their home, or water.
I have read many discussions about how a wood burning fireplace is not the best choice for a small home that is air sealed, and well insulated. However, I would still like to have some independence from the grid in the event that the power goes out in winter, and this seems like a reasonable alternative to stacking firewood in the warmer months.
It occurs that the compost pile could heat –
– pex that then is connected to a radiant floor
– pex that is assists a heat pump hot water heater
– pvc that is connected to the ERV / HRV so as to act as a seasonal earth tube. Admittedly this is an idea that I recently began considering, so please don’t judge me too harshly. I have read about air quality issues with permanent earth tubes, but being seasonal, it occurs that the setup could be disinfected at the end of the winter.
All this being said, I thought I’d see if anyone out there builds large piles of wood chips regularly for their home, and if so, what their experience has been like.
Hope all is well,
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