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Can I make compost in a 55 gallon drum?  RSS feed

 
                                
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I picked up a couple 55 gal (plastic) drums with screw on tops. My plan is to use one for rain water collection and the other for a rotating compost bin.

Started doing some research on composting and I see a 3’ x 3’ x 3’ pile seems to be the ideal size for cooking compost.

Will a drum really work? Any advice…I’ve seen…drill lot of holes…don’t drill any holes….turn daily….turn weekly…cooks in weeks….cooks in months…?

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I have one of those drums on a mount from Jack's Solar Composter.  If you look at the way it is set up you can see how easy it is to build yourself.  I have a cedar wood frame on mine and the pivot rod is made of rebar.

Here is the link.  The pics might be old because the black drums are not shown.

http://www.jackscomposters.com/

By the way, it does work.  And quite well I might add.
 
                                
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I finished the rain drum yesterday and started on the compost. I found a way to get a rod through the center and the drum so it spins easily..now to build the wood frame.

I guess I'll put down the JG Natural Beauty organic fert for now and keep looking for ringer for the fall when I do my top dressing.
 
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