Hello everyone, long time listener first time caller. I thought I'd ask the below to see if anyone has an opinion, forgive me if it's glaringly stupid and betrays a degree of ignorance (or is simply in the wrong forum, I wasn't sure if this was truly a system query or not). I have leaves, lots of them, all laying happily on the ground that I'd like to turn into leaf mold. I was planning on making a rather basic wire cage to store them in using some bits and bobs from around the place however wanted to ask some quick questions; I'm assuming that a pile of leaves will generate a bit of heat- does anyone know if they can become something of a snake haven? We live in an area that has snakes about, we're mindful of it and don't really have any issues with them- but I'm equally mindful I'm a nancyboy and will be laughed at by my more manly neighbours when my girlish shrieks echo out, so avoiding creating additional sneaky snake habitat is a consideration (I appreciate there won't really be vermin for them to snake on, ala compost) Is a big pile of leaves in a wire cage a fire hazard? We live in an area that is bushfire prone (the Blue Mountains in NSW, AU) and whilst I realise the pile would need to be kept relatively damp and would breakdown, I understand the decomposition is a long term thing and I imagine through summer it would be partly (well?) on its way and still have a fair bit of crinkly leaves to catch light. I'm not too paranoid about this, but don't want to be irresponsible. Does anyone have an opinion? The next option after a cage that I had considered was a giant compost bin, any thoughts on that?