Posted: 07/11/2013 at 20:21
Compost needs air to rot down, so I am not sure if burying it would work. I have never heard of this method in a lifetime of studying it.
Good compost generation needs lots of material to really work, which is one reason why your dalek didn't work. Small amounts don't really work.
You also need a mix of nitrogen ( e.g grass) and carbon (e.g. Stalky material). Add some soil for bacteria.
Given the right mix, the right amount, some air and moisture your heap will begin to cook. The temperature will rise through aerobic bacterial activity. In essence the bacteria start to digest the material breaking it down. As they run out of oxygen the activity reduces, the bacteria die, and the heap cools. SO then you stir it all up, turn it over, and off you go again.