|Compost Machine Project||1||Nanook|
|By Fishy1 (Fishy1) on Tuesday, January 22, 2002 - 12:43 am:|
Has anyone tried this "home mushroom composter"?
Looks cool, but I want some input.http://www.shroomery.org/archive/showflat.php?Cat=&Board=Forum4&Number=84913&page=0&view=collapsed&sb=5&part=
We'll see if the link works. fishy1
|By Fishy1 (Fishy1) on Tuesday, January 22, 2002 - 12:44 am:|
.....shit!! hold on...
|By Fishy1 (Fishy1) on Tuesday, January 22, 2002 - 12:50 am:|
well, I dont know what to tell you...the link worked yesterday....
Anyhow, it uses a steam(hot) humidifier hooked to a foam cooler. you fill the cooler w/ dung and straw, crank up the humidifier, and a week later you have mushroom compost. From the pics I have seen, it looks as if it would work. regulating the temps might be a pain.....a rheostat is suggested.
Well, lemme know if any of you have experience with this sort of thing. Thanx, fishy1
|By quote: (Quote) on Tuesday, January 22, 2002 - 03:07 am:|
you mean this ?
|By Fishy1 (Fishy1) on Tuesday, January 22, 2002 - 04:13 am:|
....um...uh..yea, thats it!Thanks man- thought it might be around here somewhere...
So will this give me any better results than simply using straw and old dung? Has ANYONE tried it?
Might just be better off starting a huge pile and turning the bitch with a fork.
All I know is the shit (compost) works great.
|By quote: (Quote) on Tuesday, January 22, 2002 - 02:17 pm:|
the little cooler-composter works great, very fast, not alot per batch though. quality depends on what you feed it, a few supplements can help boost overall quality.
By Bluepowermilk (Bluepowermilk) on Tuesday, May 01, 2001 - 12:44 am: Edit
Could one use "Cow Manure" from Walmart for the dung teks described?
Its the stuff that comes in 40lb bags...
BTW...This place is the best. Been lurking since Quo got it up and running.
By Quote (Quote) on Tuesday, May 01, 2001 - 03:06 am: Edit
can't guarantee it though.
do a small test batch first.
By Bluepowermilk (Bluepowermilk) on Tuesday, May 01, 2001 - 03:50 am: Edit
The brand is Garden Basics. It comes in 40lb bags, and its stated use is "for enriching soil or as a top layer"
There was some of it open. It is black, and to my surprise, didn't smell like poo. It actually looked and smelled like, well, dirt
It didn't *say* composted on the bag anywhere, but believe it is. Otherwise, IIRC, would not in fact look/feel/smell like dirt (like jiffy mix) but in fact, like cow shit
Any help would be great...TIA
By Quote (Quote) on Tuesday, May 01, 2001 - 03:51 am: Edit
should work, after pasturization.
still, do a small test first.
some store brands work great, some suck.
By Fanaticus (Fanaticus) on Tuesday, May 01, 2001 - 07:10 am: Edit
that kind of "manure compost" is not the real deal. It is chemically treated and heated and dried. It is no good for shrooms at all if you use it by itself. You can get colonization, but you are not going to get any shrooms. If that were the case, people would be flocking to Whalmart to get that stuff. It is dirt cheap and good for gardens, but that's about it.
By Bluepowermilk (Bluepowermilk) on Tuesday, May 01, 2001 - 02:49 pm: Edit
thx for the info. what should one look for vis a vis price/description?
Thanks again...you guys are great!
By H4e2m0p (H4e2m0p) on Tuesday, May 01, 2001 - 05:41 pm: Edit
what about "mushroom compost" from lowes? any luck with this, possibly mixing it w/ verm for a casing?
By Fanaticus (Fanaticus) on Tuesday, May 01, 2001 - 06:01 pm: Edit
"mushroom compost" is what is left from a mushroom farm. It is not for GROWING shrooms but to use as soil additive in gardens.
I visited a shroom farm once and they had a lot of spent compost. This is what is called "mushroom compost". It is no good for growing shrooms because it is used up as far as the fungi is concerned.
By Buck (Buck) on Tuesday, May 01, 2001 - 08:25 pm: Edit
they got a 6 foot pile of cow shit at my work, would i have to do anything special besides pasturizing it to use it ?
By Quote (Quote) on Tuesday, May 01, 2001 - 08:26 pm: Edit
make sure it's been composted, which basically means well aged. too fresh will not work.
By Remora (Remora) on Tuesday, May 01, 2001 - 10:17 pm: Edit
They had a 6 foot 7 inch pile of shit where I used to work, too. His name was... nevermind.
Sorry for being off topic, I couldn't help it.
By Rochester (Rochester) on Wednesday, May 02, 2001 - 04:38 pm: Edit
Remora that was FUNNY!
By Oldtimer (Oldtimer) on Wednesday, May 02, 2001 - 05:29 pm: Edit
Buck... Check out the Compost-a-matic article in the Archives. This method really works and turns out great compost in about a week using manure. I've used this styrofoam ice chest/vaporizer rig many times and it always produces top-notch substrate for cubensis.
By Fungusflipper (Fungusflipper) on Thursday, May 03, 2001 - 04:31 am: Edit
so is the composted/pasteurized manure used for substrate or casing?
By Quote (Quote) on Thursday, May 03, 2001 - 01:43 pm: Edit
similar to a casing, but it provides some nutrients, like a substrate
|By Fishy1 (Fishy1) on Wednesday, January 23, 2002 - 01:15 am:|
I will rig one up this weekend and give it a try. I like the control that you can get with this unit, and the speed that it produces product.
Cottonseed meal might be a good additive, along w/ rapeseed.....might as well keep it simple at first.
Thanks for the info, Quote- fishy1