Wheat Generates Heat?

Discussion in 'General Food and Foraging Discussion' started by longtime, Mar 30, 2011.

  1. longtime

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    I want to move on to the next level of wheat storage and keep a lot of wheat in mylar bags stored in a 4'X4'X4' "ice chest". I have heard that wheat generates heat and should be allowed to cool.

    Anybody have any information on why we should not pack it tight?
     
  2. horseman09

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    Longtime, any grain with a high moisture content will "heat". Same with hay. Many a barn has burnt to the ground from "hot" hay. If your stored wheat has such a high moisture content that it will heat, it will not only heat, it will spoil, so the name of hte game is to purchase well-cured grain. Any feed store will have a moisture meter that will indicate the moisture content.
     

  3. longtime

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    Thanks,



    I have seen spontaneous combustion in hay before, did not consider it in wheat.
     
  4. Genevieve

    Genevieve I'm done - gone

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    flour will explode also.
     
  5. BillM

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    Yes Mam it sure will

    Flour explosions are a very real danger in grain bins.
     
  6. LincTex

    LincTex Jack of all trades?

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    It won't catch on fire, but will become spoiled beyond anything you would use for food. Unless you like REALLY sour sourdough.