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 Post subject: Freezing Compost
PostPosted: Tue Nov 28, 2006 5:14 pm 
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What is this pending freeze going to do to my new compost pile? Does frozen and thawed material break down faster once things warm up again?

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If you doing batch composting and created a proper pile, then the outside temperature won't matter, and the pile will cook just fine. The pile will insulate itself and maintain its temperature.


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Invest in a good compost thermometer. There are some available that are on about a 3 foot probe. Keep your pile the dampness of a wrung-out sponge and turn often as possible to keep the heat going. :wink:

Malcolm Beck has an interesting story about a turkey and a compost pile!

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The "pile" is actually a Mantis ComposTwin unit. I am turning it every day and right now I have both sides full. Left side contains the boxes that the unit came in, cut up into 2 - 4 inch squares, about 40 pounds of coffee grounds from you-know-where, kitchen scraps, and a few slices of a straw bale. Side 2 contains most of the rest of the straw bale, another 40 lbs of coffee, and is being fed more kitchen scraps. I can feel some heat from side 1, more than from side 2. Side 2 is heating up nicely now though. I don’t know that there is enough mass to retain good insulation but the warm weather we are having helps.

With a little of the snow we had, it looked like this: Image


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