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Use a garburator to process animal feed.  RSS feed

 
Dale Hodgins
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With more and more people taking up composting, it is quite common for barely used garburators to be removed from kitchens during renovation. This is a good thing.  It never made any sense to send all of that compost down the drain to be polluted with sewage.

 These machines are quite tough and can be used to chop up a variety of vegetable matter.

 I regularly check the website,  Used Victoria and every few weeks another garburator is placed in the freebie section. I'm sure if I advertised many more would crop up.

 That's all I've got today.  This isn't something I intend to do right away. Just an idea that developed when I saw the machine in the photo.
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I get a fair number of these during the course of my work. Recently I began making a compost grinder from one. Right now the collar that would normally be affixed to the bottom of the sink instead affixed to the bottom of a 3 gallon bucket. It needs some kind of stand I'm thinking either a cheap crappy table or maybe a 5 gallon bucket turned upside down.
I actually might put it in place in my kitchen sink for the summer time when I'm running the sink water out to the yard.
 
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What a nifty idea. Do you think it would chop up grain for the chickens? I really want to grow my own chicken feed, but they digest cracked grain better than whole. Wet grain is fine so long as it's freshly wet.
 
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I have one to get rid of, extremely nice powerful one I bought off ebay scratch and dent. Used it for grinding food scraps for vermiculture but switched to bokashi method and no longer have to grind food scraps anymore. Cheap to a fellow permie. Needs a water supply to flush the food scraps through but man does it move material.

 
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I converted a used one last fall for processing apples to make apple cider. It worked awesome, but it will overheat if it's on for too long.

Garbage disposals come in two varieties. Continuous operation and batch operation. The continuous ones are designed to not overheat when running them for minutes at a time and that's ideally what you're probably looking for.

The one I got is a batch processing one, and will eventually burn out. It was $20 though and it processed 60L of juice over 4 hours before needing a long rest.
 
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