I sent him the link to TikkTokks blog site that answers all the questions on FF. I keep my FF on the back porch/mud room in the winter...it stays about 40-50 in there and the FF will still ferment right along as long as it's properly backslopped and all. I keep two buckets going so that it has plenty of time to ferment well prior to feed out.
CC, that brooder space wouldn't be near so stinky or wet if you used a deep litter of leaves instead of hay or a goodly mix of both. Can you get your hands on any leaves? It also won't stink as much if you add some low down ventilation and keep your window open up above. That will move that ammonia right on out the window.
Another tip is a nipple bucket...very little water mess when using a nipple bucket vs. a traditional chick waterer. Don't remember how you have that set up but I can't say enough good about a nipple bucket for chicks.