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The microbes that decompose waste work best in Temps above 50 degrees and if your composter gets below that temp the microbes hibernate.

The commercial composters use a heater or have the tank inside the house to keep that from happening.

A sawdust compost pile can be used because the center of the pile stays warmer but still may freeze in cold winters.

I use a solar composter of my own design that is basically a small insulated greenhouse over my compost pit that will keep the compost warm even in winter.

The key is to not add excess moisture to the compost or it will freeze and harm the bacteria.

Some people use a separate bucket for urine and some commercial composters have seperate tanks or use fans to dry the waste.