Methane, fires, and other safety issues

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Author: Test2 (Test2)
Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 12:03 am
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Good question - would there be a way to monitor the gas levels ?

Author: Bhaugen (Bhaugen)
Monday, March 26, 2012 - 8:16 pm
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Our humanure compost pile stayed at 140-160 degrees all winter in Wisconsin. We want to use the heat.

We got a greenhouse that could use it. If we put a compost pile in the greenhouse, will it cause any safety issues? Methane? Fires? (I already see reports of compost fires, for example http://www.jenkinspublishing.com/messages/messages/53/2046.html?1229617697 )

Does aerobic composting generate enough methane in a greenhouse to be dangerous? Does the pile need to be vented?

Any experience with these issues?

Thanks a lot for any tips or feedback.

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