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Tore apart my compost pile

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Had some nice wet black stuff at bottom, tore it apart since we had to get to the door leading into the crawl space.

So my brand new composting method is two metal trash cans, drilled three small holes in bottom and loaded both to top, was told sitting in the sun with lid on it cooks real quick and kills the weed seeds too.

Nice and passive, let sun beat on the metal cans!
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Cooking organic materials is not composting them, the heat will not reduce and that will only allow soil pathogenic ciliates and anaerobic bacteria to thrive, not exactly what one desires in their compost.
If you want to cook your materials to kill the seed bank within those materials, you have found a great way to do that, but to turn those materials into compost you will need to place the containers in a shaded area and moisten them as well as get air into them so bacteria and fungi will be able to populate the "heap" and decompose it.
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