Will my compost ever get too hot and cause a fire?
Most compost areas will only reach temperatures of around 90 - 140 degrees with some warmer composts reaching up to 160 degrees. It is not recommended that compost temperatures rise above 160 degrees as this may cause some of the bacteria to die. Generally, backyard compost bins are not large enough to catch fire unless something, such as smoldering briquettes, are added to ignite a flame. Never add smoldering briquettes or other potential fire starters. Larger commercial size piles of compost can dry out and become a fire hazard if the temperature gets too hot.

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1. What is backyard composting?
2. How is compost made?
3. What do I need for backyard composting?
4. What are some uses of compost?
5. Does adding bread and other food scraps to my compost draw rats?
6. Can I compost my dog manure?
7. Is compost with food waste better than yard waste only compost?
8. Is compost made from worms better than a hot thermal compost?
9. Will my compost ever get too hot and cause a fire?
10. Where can I get more information about composting?