|Project by redsox9||posted 05-30-2015 09:01 PM||1451 views||4 times favorited||7 comments|
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