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Post  has55 on 4/10/2019, 9:14 am

2nd Bioreactor ready for Filling. showing air vents after applying weed covering.
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air vents cut out in weed cloth with a couple of air vent pipes in place.

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wired support to keep stabilized when filling it up.


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IT now ready for filling.
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Post  Dan in Ct on 4/10/2019, 9:16 am

I believe the difference in having it up off the ground is than no part goes anaerobic and the watering keeps the total at an ideal moisture level as the microbiology needs this to be alive and thrive. The off the ground allows the system to drain in the event of torrential downpours although I don't like and am cautious about systems that loose contact with planet Earth and are closed off from the atmosphere. But this is just me dealing with synchronicity, the inter-relatedness of everything and in trying to complete the circles in the universe's game of tic-tac-toe. There is one exception to this as I try bokashi and hoping to make a biodigester this year some time to compost food wastes that can't be composted now. The end product I hope becomes worm food for a more nutrient diverse vermicompost.

Here is a link to The Green Cone Solar Digester. Too expensive for The Crazy Half Acre's budget this year but does basically outdoors what I want to do with my DIY biodigester which is more of a fermentation process.

OhioGardener, thank you for the link to the print version of the composting bioreactor.
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Post  Dan in Ct on 4/10/2019, 9:18 am

Forgot the link. This is the type of thing if it keeps happening I will end up in The Home.

http://www.greenconeusa.com/green-cone-solar-food-waste-digester.html
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Post  has55 on 4/10/2019, 11:22 am

@Dan in Ct wrote:Forgot the link. This is the type of thing if it keeps happening I will end up in The Home.

http://www.greenconeusa.com/green-cone-solar-food-waste-digester.html
I like the idea, but pricey. I'm close to doing this with my portable in ground vermicomposting buckets using 2.5-gallon lowes buckets and 10" valve cover. I can remove the bucket to use the vermicompost for fertilizing when I plant, side dress, etc... What I like about the cone system is the height to put the food waste in.

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Post  yolos on 4/10/2019, 11:32 am

hass - I tried your blue bucket system - the ants loved it and I had to take it out of the garden.  We have ants all over the area that bite and leave welts anywhere they crawl.  Had to remove the bucket after just one day because the ants found it speedily.  I can't use the cone either because the bucket is open to the ants.
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Post  has55 on 4/10/2019, 2:32 pm

@yolos wrote:hass - I tried your blue bucket system - the ants loved it and I had to take it out of the garden.  We have ants all over the area that bite and leave welts anywhere they crawl.  Had to remove the bucket after just one day because the ants found it speedily.  I can't use the cone either because the bucket is open to the ants.
here's the remedy. place in a closed container and cut 1/4" holes so the roach and ants get in.
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Post  has55 on 5/10/2019, 9:14 am

I been very slow in putting up  my completion photos of the second Composting bioreactor. I finished building it last month, a couple of weeks ago, but too busy to post. We've had lots of rain and my first composter went from 74 degrees back to the 90's, maybe up to 102-104, I think. So my worms may have died. I'll see when I upload these old pictures. I just got the system on a orbit battery operated timer, so no more manual 1 min watering. The temp in #2 bioreactor  is approx. 134 degrees. 






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here's the temp range of bed two. That's not 198 degrees, but 119.8 degrees.. both pictures are from bioreactor 2.

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                                                  Biorector 1,found worm on the compost, does not seem stressed.

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found worm on the wire after rain, does not seem stressed. I have not seen any other worms
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Post  sanderson on 5/14/2019, 1:47 am

I'm still watching. Besides mowed leaves, what else did you add? Food scraps? I'm wondering if I could add horse manure like I do with the tumbler? Alfalfa pellets? Mowed alfalfa hay and bedding straw? Coffee grounds? I would use the 3'x3'x3' wood bin, putting spacers between the removable front boards. I would use 4 sections of this pipe: https://www.homedepot.com/p/3-in-x-10-ft-Perforated-Drain-Pipe-3520010/100211705

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Post  has55 on 5/18/2019, 6:26 pm

Sanderson, in the 1st composting bioreactor I added chicken and Llama manures and shredded leaves for the filling, but in the 2nd bioreactor, leftover chicken and Llama manures and shredded leaves, plus some coffee grounds and alfalfa pellets-50 lbs bag. The next time during late fall, I will use all leaves since it matures in 6 months. I'm pushing 6 months for both bioreactors, we'll see.
My Temps on both bioreactors are about 94-95 degrees, so I have not added any worms to #2 or any Alabama jumpers to #1. I'm not sure why it taking #1 so long to cool down. I just posted those questions to the Johnson SU Composting facebook group Forum.


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Post  has55 on 5/18/2019, 6:48 pm

Sanderson, since you're watching, there's great ideas at the facebook Johnson Su Composting bioreactor group.

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Post  sanderson on 5/21/2019, 3:05 am

Thanks, I asked to join.

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Post  has55 on 5/21/2019, 11:27 am

@sanderson wrote:Thanks, I asked to join.
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Post  has55 on 5/25/2019, 3:30 am

Sanderson, are you still thinking about making a compost bioreactor? Has the Facebook been helpful?
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Post  sanderson on 5/25/2019, 3:46 am

Still thinking about it. It would be in the 3'x3'x3' compost bin and I am afraid the temps won't reach 160*F like they did with my Berkeley hot piles. I do NOT want seeds in the SFG beds. Maybe add another foot with garden fencing on top? It should "melt" down to 3' pretty fast so I can close the lid. This will be probably my last year making compost so I am really thinking about this. Maybe if I added extra nitrogen / greens to the pile to force it to reach high temps. ?? Regarding the FB page, some of the folks seem to make up their own idea of what should go in and what shouldn't. Razz Stay tuned.

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Post  has55 on 5/26/2019, 9:52 am

@sanderson wrote: Regarding the FB page, some of the folks seem to make up their own idea of what should go in and what shouldn't.  Razz  Stay tuned.
you're right. I decided I only want to use leaves for my next one. They said the heat won't make a difference. with the airflow and later the worm it will become a very good compost bin.
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Post  has55 on 6/9/2019, 1:41 am

last week I found my holes had collapsed. so I used a posthole digger tool to reopened the holes. It actually came out better because the posthole tool makes a larger hole and allow more air to enter. I was able to add worms 24 hrs later because the temp dropped down to 80 degrees. On my next bioreactor, I'm going to enlarge the hole with the posthole digger 2-3 days after I pulled the pipes out.



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Post  sanderson on 6/9/2019, 12:22 pm

How tall are the frames? I noticed you filled to the top to start. What materials did you use? All leaves? Any juicing pulp? Manure? Do you know why the holes collapsed? Someone on the FB site also mentioned it happened to his holes.

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Post  has55 on 6/9/2019, 3:32 pm

@sanderson wrote:How tall are the frames?
height-48". Width-45"

 I noticed you filled to the top to start.  What materials did you use?



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Sanderson, in the 1st composting bioreactor I added chicken and Llama manures and shredded leaves for the filling, but in the 2nd bioreactor, leftover chicken and Llama manures and shredded leaves, plus some coffee grounds and alfalfa pellets-50 lbs bag. The next time during late fall, I will use all leaves since it matures in 6 months. I'm pushing 6 months for both bioreactors, we'll see.
My Temps on both bioreactors are about 94-95 degrees, so I have not added any worms to #2 or any Alabama jumpers to #1. I'm not sure why it taking #1 so long to cool down.



 All leaves?  I will do the 3rd one with all leaves.

Any juicing pulp? no

Manure? see above  

Do you know why the holes collapsed?  

no. we were getting lots of rain. It was easy to reopen with the posthole digger. I noticed #1 has drop about 18 nches. There still lots of compost in it. The worms may be the answer for the holes to staying open, but it never got near 75 degress till I reopened the holes. I have added the alabama jumper worms. we'll see. But I'm please how it breaking down so nicely, the presence of springtail, compost worms and the earthy smell.
Someone on the FB site also mentioned it happened to his holes.
I saw that too, but don't know why.
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Post  sanderson on 6/10/2019, 7:00 pm

Thank you for all the answers. Still trying to decide if I should make one last compost using solid French drain pipes in my 3'x3'x3' bin, but try to build it up to 4'.

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Post  has55 on 6/11/2019, 3:18 pm

@sanderson wrote:Thank you for all the answers.  Still trying to decide if I should make one last compost using solid French drain pipes in my 3'x3'x3' bin, but try to build it up to 4'.
maybe 4 ft.
my first bioreactor has dropped 19 inches from 48 inches. date-6-11-2019
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Post  has55 on 6/13/2019, 12:57 am

Sanderson did you see Sue Rahilly comments on Facebook? she using dog mesh wire fencing to make the tubes as she can leave it in there and not be fearful of the tube holes collapsing. she has pictures posted in the Facebook group
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@has55 wrote:Sanderson did you see Sue Rahilly comments on Facebook? she using dog mesh wire fencing to make the tubes as she can leave it in there and not be fearful of the tube holes collapsing. she has pictures posted in the Facebook group
it's on June 8.
Sue Rahilly "I’ve made mesh tubes to keep channels open. I’m gradually adding material as I want a system to get rid of kitchen scraps in an urban setting. The only problem so far is the fruit fly. The heap is only 3 months old."


I may try this.


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@has55 wrote:Sanderson did you see Sue Rahilly comments on Facebook? she using dog mesh wire fencing to make the tubes as she can leave it in there and not be fearful of the tube holes collapsing. she has pictures posted in the Facebook group
it's on June 8.
Sue Rahilly "I’ve made mesh tubes to keep channels open. I’m gradually adding material as I want a system to get rid of kitchen scraps in an urban setting. The only problem so far is the fruit fly. The heap is only 3 months old."


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the process still needs sides and top to be cover and water daily. right now the pile is exposed to sunlight.
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Post  sanderson on 6/18/2019, 4:45 am

Mesh tubes is clever.

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I don't know the cost, but it's another alternative for tubes.
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