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on May 10, 2012
Blame it on overactive bacteria.
Compost piles rarely go over 130 degrees, must be the correct mix of 'brown and green' (nitrogen and carbon materials) and only then with adequate moisture (a really good pile will steam when turned, in winter.)
If it wasn't moist, one has to ask how often a pile of dry leaves combusts spontaneously in our area.
Never heard of a boom from a pile.
Bordering on the absurd.
Should report this, it's a first.
Compost doesnt burn:
really? Not according to this: Web Link
from the link: "Haystacks, COMPOST PILES and unprocessed cotton may self-ignite because of heat produced by bacterial fermentation."
From the link: " Avoid large piles - no greater than 12 feet high." They're clearly talking large agricultural sites and piles.
# Monitor your organic material for hotspots - high temperature (76 to 80°C), vents, smoke or burnt smell.
# Ensure temperature monitoring equipment can reach the centre of the piles.
# Ensure adequate ventilation and moisture content (above 40%) of pile to release heat.
Granted, I don't have experience with piles that large, only locally with many compost piles at a residential level. And NEVER saw one smolder.
More information on Compost piles frire prevention: Web Link
Any thing about hearing "boom" form a compost heap?
"Any thing about hearing "boom" form a compost heap?"
Not that I've seen so far, but in my experience, witness statements are notoriously inaccurate.
Many of you have yet to experience the horrendous sounds made by an exploding overripe carrot.
never ever considered a residential compost heap going up in flames
if it's too dry, it's just a bunch of leaves
too damp, no ignition
just right moisture, it becomes compost (dirt) and ain't gonna burn
large farm ops have windrows, etc. that are a different animal altogether (often includes animal products)
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