How to determine if your compost is too hot?
Using to much chicken manure in the compost pile? Not letting it age long enough? Not turning the pile enough? Not watering the pile enough? All the above.
Start by adding nitrogen-rich “green” organic material. Your brown-to-green ratio should be about 4-to-1. That’s four parts dried leaves to one part grass clippings or vegetable scraps. Next, add moisture to the pile to induce activity. Studies have shown a significant correlation between the moisture content and the temperature distribution within the pile. When moisture content is high, temperatures near the surface will be higher.