By Teresa Mosset Zachmeier
Article printed with permission from the Mosset Reunion
All winter long, the cow manure was dumped in one
spot. In the spring of the year after springs’
work was done, the manure was leveled out to about
18 inches thick and in a circle shape. After a rain,
the manure was tramped with a horse team of four horses
in front and 4 horses in back tandem style until the
manure was flat, hard, and about 3 inches thick.
Grandpa Mosset had to work the manure several times
before it became solid. He couldn’t do it all
in one day.
Then the solid manure was cut with a spade into about
12 inch square blocks. The blocks were set on edge
to dry out by the wind. Next they were set into a
cross shape similar to a cross pile grain shock for
further drying. After complete drying, the blocks
were stacked into “misht” stacks.
The misht mixture was used for all types of heating
and cooking. They would use a hammer to break the
misht block into pieces so that it would fit into
the old fashioned cook stove.
The misht would hold the heat whereas wood loses
its heat the minute it is burned up.
So many times we are told in history class to look
to our ancestors for answers to our present day problems.
Could this be the answer to heating energy consumption?
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