Okay, this may sound silly, but being new to composting ... How do you check the heat of your compost pile/bin? I've done load of research on the subject, but no-where does it say how or what to use to test the temperature. Do I just stick an outdoor thermometer in there or what? I just want to do things right!
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You can usually feel the heat or see the steam rising out of a hot active aerobic compost with lots of balanced green matter and brown matter.
Even without a thermometer, if you are seeing these physical effects, your internal temps are perobably over 120-130 degrees F.
It takes temps near 140-160 degrees F to sterlize all pathogens and weed seeds in a compost mixture. If you are using just normal conservative greens and browns (i.e. leaves, grass, food scraps), these high temperatures are not a big deal anymay.
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