a chemical analysis

Asked February 5, 2015, 7:44 AM EST

When adding lye or lime to compost, what type of gas is produced by the combination of it with the methane gas produced by the compost? Would the resultant gas be illuminated if it were in a glass tube under pressure and with electricity passed through it?

Outside United States chemicals science compost lime

1 Response

Lye & lime will cause ammonia gas to perk off from a compost pile and the loss of nitrogen from the compost. Please see: http://www.dep.state.pa.us/dep/deputate/airwaste/wm/recycle/Compost/FAQ.htm
Not real sure about illumination -- I dont believe that will work.

Just an addendum: Most people do not experience any significant methane production from their compost piles because the process does not go through anaerobic decomposition typically. Ideally the composting process is aerobic thus no methane.