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 Post subject: Compost Combustion?!?
PostPosted: Sun May 16, 2004 9:38 pm 
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So...has anyone ever heard of a compost pile igniting itself into flames? Compost combustion? Somewhere in these posts someone mentioned avoiding adding oil to a pile with lots of wood ash...any other suggestions? My pile gets really hot- but I don't want to start a blaze or anything!

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So...has anyone ever heard of a compost pile igniting itself into flames?

Actually, yes. There was an oversized (we're talking football field sizes here, folks) compost pile in our city that burst into spontaneous combustion and burned for several weeks before it could be put out. . .but there was very poor management.


Somewhere in these posts someone mentioned avoiding adding oil to a pile with lots of wood ash...any other suggestions?

If you combine oil with wood ashes you get SOAP. The chemical reaction does create some heat, but again, size makes a difference. A few feet high and deep, OK. Football fields sizes, well, let's don't do that.

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PostPosted: Mon May 17, 2004 5:29 am 
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Sasha wrote:
So...has anyone ever heard of a compost pile igniting itself into flames?
:shock:
Sasha


It actually happens quite often. Google "compost" or "mulch" and "fire".

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 Post subject: Compost fires
PostPosted: Mon May 17, 2004 5:28 pm 
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See??????!!!!!!!!
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Kathe, Please keep it up. I love your stories, and all the help you have provided to each one of us. My garden thanks you and looks much better this year. Thank you for convincing me to foliar feed. I have seen the light and will continue to.

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 Post subject: Oh, Pshaw!
PostPosted: Mon May 17, 2004 9:38 pm 
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Oh, Gar, ya make me blush... :oops:
Hope I'm not boring everybody else!
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