organic material heating up?
So I just finished my system and added the worms about a week ago, and just this morning I noticed the organic material is heating up, It's not hot but it's definitely creating heat, is this normal when first getting a system going?
Im concerned its starting to compost and if so the worms will die from the heat, is there a way to prevent this?
The organic material I added was a mix of wood chips, bark, moldy straw, sticks, and topped off with partially composted horse manure.
Thanks for any help.
Generally the organic material won't heat up if there's no fresh green material, but possibly the mouldy straw is responsible? I've seen it happen once before when a fair bit of hay was part of the mix. If you're using a flush toilet, then the water will cool things down every time you use the toilet. Monitor the temperature. It isn't a problem unless temperatures start to get over 25℃/77°F. If they get to that sort of level, then I would put a hosepipe on the material and give it a thorough watering once a day for 4-5 days. It won't harm the worms and will pass straight through the tank. After that period is past, there shouldn't be much danger of things heating up again.
Thank you I'll wet it down and let you know how its going.