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TrolleyDriver's Compost Thermometer

Bin #1 is down to 134F.  It needs turning but I don't have time and there is a threat of more rain and thunderstorms. Would not be good to get it half done and then soaking wet.

Bin #2 slipped slightly to 112F from 115F.



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on 5/30/2017, 2:15 pm
 
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TrolleyDriver's Compost Thermometer

Compost temperatures on May 29th.

Bin #1 - 140F  and  Bin #2 - 115F

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on 5/29/2017, 5:31 pm
 
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Temperatures are holding steady.

Bin #1 - 144F  and Bin #2 - 115F


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by trolleydriver
on 5/28/2017, 2:29 pm
 
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TrolleyDriver's Compost Thermometer

Bin #1 - 145F in a "cooling" trend from the high

Bin #2 - 115F holding steady since the last reading


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by trolleydriver
on 5/27/2017, 1:23 pm
 
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TrolleyDriver's Compost Thermometer

The temperature in both bins is leveling off.

Bin #1 - 151F

Bin #2 - 115F


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by trolleydriver
on 5/26/2017, 12:35 pm
 
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TrolleyDriver's Compost Thermometer

The temps continue to rise after turning the contents of the bins.

Bin #1 is now at 148F (up 13F from the previous day).

Bin #2 is now at 112F (up 15F from the previous day). Considering this is a small bin compared to Bin #1 it still does a pretty good job of heating up. This maybe due to the fact that it gets a fresh supply of kitchen scraps every few days.

This may sound really crazy but I get a big kick our of measuring the temps in the bins every day. Never know what to expect. For me it's as much fun as growing things but when it comes to turning the materials in the bins it is hard work (at least I find it so).


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on 5/25/2017, 12:30 pm
 
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TrolleyDriver's Compost Thermometer

Temps for May 24 are Bin #1 135F and Bin #2 97F.  Both bins are heating up after being turned.

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by trolleydriver
on 5/24/2017, 2:44 pm
 
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TrolleyDriver's Compost Thermometer

I updated the previous post after I turned the contents of Bin #2. The temp in that bin is now down to 75F after turning.

NOTE: I am posting these compost temperature readings for the benefit of the forum members. My hope is that others will learn from my mistakes and successes with composting. If the daily posts are too much just let me know (probably best via PM but comments +ve or -ve posted on this thread are welcome a well). The last thing I want to do is overwhelm people or make it seem like I am "hogging" the forum.
by trolleydriver
on 5/23/2017, 3:19 pm
 
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TrolleyDriver's Compost Thermometer

Interestingly the temperature in both bins is the same today.

Bin #1 has gone up to 115F from 92F after turning yesterday.

UPDATE: Bin #2 is down slightly to 114F. Later in the afternoon I turned the contents and added some greens (kitchen scraps, grass, weeds). The temperature after turning was 75F.


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by trolleydriver
on 5/23/2017, 11:51 am
 
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TrolleyDriver's Compost Thermometer

Even though there is a light shower of rain I decided to turn Bin #1.  Temperature in that bin was 140F before turning and down to 92F right after turning. Wow was that compost ever steaming while I turned it. No bad smell either.

Bin #2 has dropped down to 118F.


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by trolleydriver
on 5/22/2017, 3:33 pm
 
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TrolleyDriver's Compost Thermometer

The bins are cooling down.

Bin #1 142F (down from 147F) and I am way behind on turning the contents.

Bin #2 126F (down from 131F), needs a stir and an injection of kitchen scraps.

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by trolleydriver
on 5/21/2017, 2:03 pm
 
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TrolleyDriver's Compost Thermometer

For May 20, 2017 ... Bin #1 147F (up) and Bin #2 131F (down).

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by trolleydriver
on 5/20/2017, 12:00 pm
 
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TrolleyDriver's Compost Thermometer

@sanderson wrote:
@trolleydriver wrote:

sanderson ... if the material in the bin does "not finish" what do you do with it?

Never happened before.  I used to screen but I like the chunkier compost for top dressing.  I suppose I will use it as top dressing on everything.  Then, start a new pile.  I know the Red Wigglers will love what ever I put on top, finished or fizzled.

Yup ... top dressing is what I have used it for.

Today's temperatures ... things are cooking nicely ... Bin #1 140F (up 15F since yesterday) and Bin #2 142F (holding steady). Current outside temp is 54F. I should turn Bin #1 again but may wait until tomorrow since I am not holding fast to the Berkeley 18-day hot composting method.

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by trolleydriver
on 5/19/2017, 12:02 pm
 
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TrolleyDriver's Compost Thermometer

Latest readings.  Bin #1 125F and Bin #2 141F.

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by trolleydriver
on 5/18/2017, 12:29 pm
 
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TrolleyDriver's Compost Thermometer

As of 8 a.m. the temps are Bin #1 120F (that is +21F from the previous reading) and Bin #2 140F (+8 from previous reading). I usually measure the temps later in the day so I'll do another reading later and that is what I will add to the graphs.

sanderson ... if the material in the bin does "not finish" what do you do with it?
by trolleydriver
on 5/18/2017, 8:12 am
 
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TrolleyDriver's Compost Thermometer

Bin #1 has moved from 84F after turning yesterday to 99F. I'm beginning to think this bin does not have the right combination/ratio of ingredients.
Bin #2 is maintaining a good temperature at 132F. This is even after adding more kitchen scraps and aerating by stirring with a reinforcing rod yesterday.
Outside ambient temperature as of the time of taking the readings is 81F.

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by trolleydriver
on 5/17/2017, 12:23 pm
 
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TrolleyDriver's Compost Thermometer

Bin #1 122F (up 12F) - if I have time I'll turn the contents later today.
Bin #2 131F (no change) - I added a note to the graph re work on the bin today after the temperature reading was taken.

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by trolleydriver
on 5/16/2017, 1:00 pm
 
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TrolleyDriver's Compost Thermometer

@sanderson wrote:What happened on 5/11 for #2 to increase in temp?

Time to turn #1. Twisted Evil

The only thing I can think of for #2 is that I may have added some more kitchen scraps. I usually make a hole in the middle, push the scraps down into the hole and then cover up the scraps.

You are right about bin #1. If I recall correctly, true hot composting requires an initial turning after or on day 5 followed by turning every two days after that. Not sure I have time and energy for that right now. Need to focus on building a new bed and getting things planted.
by trolleydriver
on 5/15/2017, 10:00 pm
 
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What happened on 5/11 for #2 to increase in temp?

Time to turn #1. Twisted Evil
by sanderson
on 5/15/2017, 9:49 pm
 
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@sanderson wrote:Can you add a red dot or something when ever you turn them to introduce more oxygen?  

I'll try to indicate that on the graphs. 

Here are today's temperatures and graphs.  Bin #1 (3x3x3) is at 110F (the Active zone) and Bin #2 (SoilSaver) is at 131F (just into the Hot zone). Both bins should have thermophile bacteria active at this time.  Lookin' good.

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by trolleydriver
on 5/15/2017, 4:41 pm
 
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TrolleyDriver's Compost Thermometer

Bin #1 (3x3x3) now at 95F and Bin #2 (SoilSaver) is at 120F.


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by trolleydriver
on 5/14/2017, 4:59 pm
 
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Third Year SFG in Canada

We are finally getting a nice day to work outside. Mrs TD has been helping me with a few things like cleaning up areas where I have stored coffee grounds, wood chips, etc.

I have two 4x4 beds which do not have Mel's Mix. I consider them to be Old Style SFG (OSSFG) since they contain amended soil. I decided to clean them up and build the sides higher with another layer of bricks. On one of then there is one side that has wood for containment. I have now taken a type of BTE (sacreligious I know, sorry about that) approach with these beds to hopefully enrich the soil.

In one bed I put down layers of newspaper and in the other layers of cardboard. The newpaper is actually paper we used for packing material when we moved some things from my mother's house to ours.  On top of that first layer I added a layer of composted sheep manure which I had available. On top of that I put a layer of semi-composted material that I screened out of my compost bins. And finally I added a layer of wood chips.

Here is the pile of wood chips that has overwintered.
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I found this growing in the wood chips which I hope is a good sign.
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OSSFG Bed #1 ready for the newspaper layer.
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Newspaper going on.
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Newspaper done and ready for compost.
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A layer of composted sheep manure.
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A layer of home made semi-composted material.
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Topped off with a layer of wood chips.  All layers were wet down during the process.
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OSSFG Bed #2 ready for cardboard.
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Cardboard in place and soaked with water.
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Composted sheep manure in place.
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Final product after adding a layer of semi-composted material and a layer of wood chips.
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Let's see what happens.  For years I've grown tomatoes on the back row of these beds. I'm wondering if I should plant something else this year and find a new spot for the tomatoes.
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TrolleyDriver's Compost Thermometer

One week since the previous reading and the temps are way down.

Readings for Thursday Dec 15, 2016. The ambient temperature is -17C (2F) with lots of snow on the ground and 53 Kmh (33 mph) wind gusts. Low tonight is forecast to be -25C (-13F). 

New Bin #1 - Now at 5.2C (41.4F)  which is WAY DOWN from 28.8C (83.8F) one week ago.  

New Bin #2 - Now at 4.5C (40.1F) which is DOWN from 8.2C (46.8F) one week ago.

Old Plastic Bin - Now at -0.9C (30.4F) which is DOWN from 6.7C (44.1F) one week ago.

I think we are just about done.
by trolleydriver
on 12/15/2016, 4:51 pm
 
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TrolleyDriver's Compost Thermometer

This will be the last reading for a few days. 

Readings for Thursday Dec 8, 2016. The ambient temperature is +0C (32F) with occasional snow squalls (almost whiteout conditions). Going to get quite cold for the next two days with highs around -5C (23F) and lows down to -14C (7F).

New Bin #1 - Now at 28.8C (83.8F) which is DOWN from 33.7C (92.7F) yesterday. The temp in this one continues to drop drop quickly. 

New Bin #2 - Now at 8.2C (46.8F) which is DOWN from 8.8C (47.8F) yesterday.

Old Plastic Bin - Now at 6.7C (44.1F) which is DOWN from 7.3C (45.1F) yesterday.
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on 12/8/2016, 5:21 pm
 
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