Damn mulch

The Chelsea Fire Department reports:

Fire Detail now in place at the Market Basket after 8 mulch fires in last few hours.

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Trees down

There seem to be isolated trees down all over Greater Boston, so I'd say everyone is getting hit.

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Wasnt sure.

On my street, two huge trees went down, one of them on a powerline.

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Hahahaha.

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Sounds like the formula.

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Mulch, believe it or not, can

Mulch, believe it or not, can spontaneously combust (look it up). The microbial action in a pile of mulch is such that it generates a large volume of heat. If the pile is large enough, heat can get high enough for ignition. Haystacks can suffer from the same problem (which led farmers to exercise great care in how they were structured).

My summers in college were spent landscaping, and I will always remember throwing steaming (literally) heaps of mulch into truck beds every morning. Disgusting.

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Totally,... and the whole practice of mulch

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..is a bit ridiculous for the absurd little nature bandages one finds around commercial properties in parking lot wastelands.

The landscaping trade is in a race with siding peddlers and used car floggers in the Useless and Sleazy Practices Derby.

My favorite was selling the mark an 'irrigation system' while hoping they won't research the water bill outcome.

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Does this require a very large pile however?

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I had a compost pile that felt hot. An outdoor thermometer read above 150 degrees F. Fearing it would ignite I researched the question and learned that only large piles, in other words, larger than a backyard compost pile, would generate enough heat.

But why the bacteria in my little compost pile generate so much heat? A huge amount of coffee grinds from a nearby cafe. Unfortunately I think that the quantity of coffee needed to provide enough nitrogen to keep the bacteria happy also contributed too much acid making the compost too acidic.

But it was a fascinating discovery of the power of bacteria to generate heat. This gave me some inkling into biomass forms of energy production. But that would have to be a HUGE compost pile. On the other hand given the quantity of coffee consumption makes coffee food group of 1 perhaps if coffee grinds were collected throughout the city the between the nitrogen from the grinds and the composted food and brown sources we could create a small biomass power plant in the city.

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How did I miss this?

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My two favorite places.. Market Basket and Chelsea. This is what happens when I decide to close Uhub for the day and like do something else...

Gee and I was just comment yesterday after work how the City of Cambridge decided to put mulch out on a very windy day so it just blew everywhere.

Not surprised at this tho. That plaza has a ton of mulch around, and add some residents/patrons who do not care with cigarette butts who throw them everywhere. And *poof* there's a fire.

Please don't burn down tho.. I <3 Market Basket

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