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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-08-2012, 03:28 PM Thread Starter
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Making MTS in the Winter

I basically got one cycle in on my MTS before the cold hit. My bins are in my garage that probably has rarely seen 50F since October. I am not seeing much change between cycles, and am assuming it is due to temps being too low for bacteria to do their thing.

Does anyone see a problem with throwing a spare aquarium heater, buried in the MTS, to keep the temp up? I'm assuming that the dirt would have similar conductive/insulative properties to water and the heater shouldn't over heat. If I throw a couple towels over the bin, I'd think it keep the bin nice and warm.

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No that probably won't work.

Soil and water have very different properties when it comes to heating and insulation. Unless your bins are really small, there is no way you would heat the entire thing...there will be a huge temperature gradient. You will probably bust your heater as well.

Another alternative would be to lay it out on a tarp and get a couple electric space heaters with a fan to blow over them. Just mix it around everyday and you should see some progress.


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even more simply, get yourself a few halogen worklights or heat bulbs from your hardware store and direct them at the MTS. this is what i did, it worked rather well.
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I'm assuming that the dirt would have similar conductive/insulative properties to water and the heater shouldn't over heat.
Water moves around when it's warmed...dirt doesn't. This will not end well.

I suggest a space heater of some sort, or a heat lamp...something along those lines.
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