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Post  OhioGardener on 12/19/2018, 2:58 pm

The compost tumbler is doing a good job of making compost. It got down to 21°F last night, and up to 35°F today, but the middle of the compost in the tumbler measured 145°F.  So far the insulation seems to be doing its job.


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Post  Kelejan on 12/19/2018, 4:09 pm

It looks like it is working then.  I bet the worms love it. Very Happy
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Post  OhioGardener on 3/27/2019, 7:33 pm

This evening I went out to add some kitchen scraps to the compost tumbler, and was surprised when I opened the door and steam poured out of the tumbler. I went back to the house to get the thermometer (but, forgot the camera), and found the compost was cooking at 130°F.  Pretty good considering it has been in the mid-40's during the day, and mid-20's at night.  I have 3 different tumbler sections going, and 2 of them are ready to empty as soon as I can start working the beds for spring planting. The 3rd one, the one that was steaming, was just started a week ago, so it has a ways to go yet - I'll still be adding kitchen scraps and the neighbor's juicing pulp with pine pellets for the next few weeks before it starts its final composting.  We're supposed to be up into the high-50's to low 60's now, so spring activity will soon be starting.
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Post  ralitaco on 3/28/2019, 11:01 pm

Here is something I never thought I'd say...I need some horse manure.
I need to start another compost pile
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Post  sanderson on 3/31/2019, 11:13 pm

@ralitaco wrote:Here is something I never thought I'd say...I need some horse manure.
I need to start another compost pile
Razz I remember your compost set up. Do you want to post a photo again?

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Post  ralitaco on 4/1/2019, 8:59 pm

@sanderson wrote: I remember your compost set up.  Do you want to post a photo again?
Of course I will...I don't want to become your enemy (see Senseless Banter thread for an explanation)

I got the idea from other threads and decided to make my own 3 bin setup.
The plan was/is to use one bin to collect fresh ingredients until it is full. 
Then use the neighboring bin to turn the pile. 
The 3rd bin is to store the finished product or to start a new pile.

Each bin is 3'x3'x3'

I had a couple of pallets and some scrap wood plus some old fencing. 
I built these about 3 years ago and they seem to be holding up ok.
I may take a closer look at the bottoms this season once I empty them. 

One thing I learned is that the holes in the fence are good for the fresh ingredients however the finer, finished product falls through. 
I plan to add weed cloth to the sides.



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Two free-standing binsTips for compost tumbler - Page 6 2016-019


Middle section created by adding a rear panelTips for compost tumbler - Page 6 2016-018


Front view of the removable front panel before adding fencing. 
Each is 12" tall so 1, 2 or 3 can be removed for easier access to turn the pileTips for compost tumbler - Page 6 2016-024


Side view of the removable front panel.
The opening needs to be just a bit wider than the 4x4 for easier slidingTips for compost tumbler - Page 6 2016-025


Front panels in place showing how they can be stacked at various levelsTips for compost tumbler - Page 6 2016-016


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My Sifting set up.
Again, I used scrap materials for this. 
The wheels are off a dead lawn mower. 

The front white piece of the track keeps popping off.
I need to figure out if that is due to the wood rotting or from the sled hitting it repeatedly as I roll it back and forth. 

I am considering remaking the sled with 1x6's, maybe even a 1x8 on the front end. 
The 2x4's have some weight and are a bit short (I have lots of material that falls over the front when sifting)


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Post  yolos on 4/1/2019, 11:17 pm

Oh, I like your sifter with those wheels.  Maybe I will try something like that this fall.  I have the wheels and lots of hardware cloth and lots of scrap lumber.  And I love planning a project like this.
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Post  sanderson on 4/5/2019, 5:02 pm

Ralitaco, thank you for posting these awesome photos. I really like your sifter. Tips for compost tumbler - Page 6 3170584802

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Post  trolleydriver on 4/5/2019, 6:11 pm

@sanderson wrote:Ralitaco, thank you for posting these awesome photos.  I really like your sifter. Tips for compost tumbler - Page 6 3170584802
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