Ultimate Compost Bin

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Project by redsox9 posted 05-30-2015 09:01 PM 2449 views 6 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

First, I need to give credit where it is due. This is not my design; I found it at Rodale's Organic Life web site.

Since we are now successfully raising backyard chickens (eggs, anyone?), we have a considerable amount of organic material that I would prefer not to toss out with the trash. So with that coupled with yard waste and other material from the kitchen like egg shells, banana peels, and coffee grounds,, we decided to start composting. I looked at a few projects posted here at LumberJocks and at some online sites. What I found most appealing was this composting system that allows you to rotate material between bins versus turning material over and over and over.

The web site suggested that this could be built in a few hours. That might be true if you have help but alone you will need a couple more. I spent the first hour working through the cut list, then another 90 minutes building the end and middle panels. It’s not that complicated; it’s just a lot of time driving screws. Then it took another 90 or so to put it all together with the back slats and get everything square, which is not noted in the directions. Then it was another 30 minutes to install the chicken wire. Again, if there had been a second set of hands, I might have been done sooner, but overall it is a very simple build.

How does it work? Per the web site: “Fill bin #1, then turn the contents from the full to the empty bin (#2) every few days (the more often, the faster the decomposition). Begin filling the other empty bin (#3) with fresh materials. When bin #3 is full, bin #2 is “finished,” and you have an empty bin (#1) to start the process over.”

Hopefully, before long, I’ll be swimming in black gold!

-- Jeff, North Andover, MA

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#1 posted 05-30-2015 09:29 PM

A very good job on the Bins.
Dont forget you can put just about any other item from the garden as well in the bins, sticks leaves cardboard newspapers magazines cartons and the likes.
Its amazing just how much can be reclaimed I have three working worm farms and they devoure just about everything.

Also you may be interested in having a look at the Indore system on the net if you get a chance !

-- Regards Rob

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#2 posted 05-30-2015 09:35 PM

Nice work, Jeff. Great idea for recycling.
I’ll have my eggs sunny side with crispy bacon, please!

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#3 posted 05-30-2015 10:29 PM

The design and construction look well done and should last for many years!

-- Lorna, Cape Cod

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#4 posted 05-31-2015 02:07 AM

Your plants would love it.

-- I'll be a woodworker when I grow up. HHHOPKS

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#5 posted 05-31-2015 02:45 AM

You are right, “black gold” is very hard to make, but very do-able with the equipment you have so very well made, have patience, work hard and diligently, and you will have black gold in quantity. This is the stuff that really gets results.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#6 posted 05-31-2015 04:30 PM

Built this exact bin about 15 years ago out of cedar. It is just about time to build a replacement.

-- John , Central PA , on facebook:!/pages/JC-Sterling-fine-furniture/104430802928776

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#7 posted 06-01-2015 03:50 PM

Thank you all for the kind comments!

robscastle: I had not considered newspaper, cartons, etc. Those are good suggestions. Do I need to prepare them better to speed the process? I would assume, for example, that the cardboard would need to be broken down manually a little bit before tossing it in there.

ellen35: You supply the bacon, I’ll supply the eggs!

jcsterling: It sounds like I should get years of use out of mine; thanks!

-- Jeff, North Andover, MA

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