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(@cnbarr)
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03/02/2018 3:54 pm  

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.


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03/02/2018 4:09 pm  

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.


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(@cnbarr)
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03/02/2018 6:02 pm  

Thank you I'll wet it down and let you know how its going.


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