[permaculture] worm troubles

darko nikolic seaturtle333 at yahoo.com
Fri Dec 19 18:26:20 EST 2003

Hi Chuck & Linda,
   Your project sounds pretty remarkable. I wonder if
the biological processes would generate enough heat to
keep the worms happy in the winter. Provided there was
enough room in the containment for the pile or column
to get bigger and provide more heat in the center.
This was my experience with a compost that employed
warms to do the breakdown.


--- Chuck & Linda <clearned at bminet.com> wrote:
> I am doing some serious head scratching and could
> sure use any thoughts
> folks might have: I am  preparing my wastewater
> submission plan to  the
> state of WI. My concern is with venting what I call
> the "Vermiculture Based
> Unsaturated Aerobic Bio Filter"  I will be flushing
> my toilets through this
> VBUABF. This filter has a biomix of semi composted
> leaves and woodchips and
> the worms, the glorious worms make it work by
> consuming the "bio solids" all
> the while turning and aerating the mix creating
> thousands of pasage ways for
> the effluent to flow through and be aerobically
> cleansed by beneficial
> organisms and bacteria. The effluent will drain on
> to my leachfield.
> My problem is I live in brrrrrr Wisconsin. The
> VBUABF is going to hang out
> in the greenhouse in an insulated container, this is
> good as worms like to
> be in a temp range of 68F to 80F(just like us!) 
> However all toilets need to
> be vented as the air is displaced when the waste
> enters the filter basin.
> Venting indoors requires me to run a vent stack to
> the sky. So here lies my
> problem 0 degree temperatures dropping down ontop of
> the worms. They head
> south to the bottom of the box and take a nap
> because their house is cold. I
> need my worms to be happy and comfy and still have
> ventilation taking place.
> I thought of having an inline ventilation fan that
> force the air through
> some kind of an air valve in the vent stack however
> I don't really want a
> fan continuously running. Any suggestions? I know
> the www.biolytix.com folks
> in Australia appear to just vent with an open vent
> but heh there not in
> Wisconsin.
> Chuck
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