Hi there. A couple days ago, I noticed a rather large pile of fresh horse poo on the side of the road in the middle of the bike lane. You know what I was thinking, don't you?
"Free poo! Yess! :headbang:"
So I parked, obtained a plastic bag from a gas station, walked over to the pile, and scooped it all up in the bag. There was alot more than at first glance, though the bag was big enough to contain it all.
Brought it home, and read up on fire fang and compost preparation in the Trusty 'ol Vaults.
Turns out I need, well, alot more horse poo if I want to follow any of those procedures, unless I missed some? There is that tek about the styrofoam contraption with some sort of heating element in it... and maybe I had too much coffee in me to hold still long enough to read those instructions properly... but isn't there any easier way?
Someone in chat mentioned just leaching it and letting it bake in the sun...
But that raises a question or two in my mind, as well as a very apparent problem:
What is leaching as it applies to this process? soaking in water? quick rinse and drain? just let it sit on some newspaper?
Do I leave it in a pile or break it up? spread it thick or thin?
And the problem: all of a sudden the sun disappeared, I think right about the time I found the poo. It was sunny and warm all of the last two weeks, wtf? :eusa_eh:
So. The poo sat overnight in the plastic bag, after which I dumped it into the tub pictured below. Using a garden fork, I broke up the road apples, and spread the poo as evenly as I could in the base of the tub (pausing for pictures as needed of course).
Third pic is today, 24 hours and no sun later. On the left you might be able to detect a lighter green where I scraped the surface away, so maybe some drying is occuring after all.
I haven't added anything to it yet. I wanted to bounce some thoughts off ya'll first.
So, traditional methods aren't really going to work here are they? Isn't the heat produced by composting a product of the large mass of material, both in insulation properties as well as biomass? I guess that's where the styrofoam ice chest with some sort of heater in it comes in. It seems from freaky's posts, that if I had maybe 30 more degrees farenheit and some actual sunlight this stuff would crisp right up.
But there's more to getting fire fang than just drying the poo isn't there? I've seen posts that say using fresh poo is fine, so anyway I go with this I guess I'm gonna be ok, but I don't want to just be ok, ok? I want to blow the fuck outa my fruiting chambers. I want to have to buy new fruiting chambers cuz the last ones got torn apart by the giant monster shrooms that burst outa them. And I know that's only gonna happen if I get firefang on my horsey doo.
So first off, how do I go about leaching this stuff? Remember, this is straight up horse shit, no straw and urine from the floor of the barn. From the horses butt to the sparkling clean paved street to me. Should I just pour a quart or two of some water into the current tub, and let it sit for a couple hours, then strain it? is that leaching? or is just letting it continue to sit as is leaching?
Also, I liked the idea of adding yogurt and yeast to the poo and some dirt to give it healthy aerobic bacteria to start things off right. I know I won't need much, maybe a cup of yogurt and a tablespoon of yeast, plus a handful of fresh worm castings from my vermicomposter. So I guess there's no soaking, that will drown any aerobic organisms, unless I put an air stone in with it... ? I'm just gonna sit here and brainstorm until someone interjects with a suggestion..
Ok, so I've thought about this a bit, and I'm thinking that maybe I should grab an old t-shirt, and give the poo a dunk for a couple minutes, then pull it out and give it a squeeze? try that a few times? Then toss in some vermiculite and maybe some coir as well as the yeast, yogurt, and castings? and maybe some kelp and crushed egg shells while i'm at it? I'm itching to get going on this, though I have about a month til I'll be needing any compost.