Homemade self tumbling Composter.

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Project by drfixit posted 04-18-2012 04:12 PM 4055 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Taking my gardening serious this year, I have tried a raised bed, and more than pleased with the results so far… iceburg lettle sprouted from seed in 3 days. So Figured I would give composting a try. But call me lazy if you want.. I didnt know if I would have time or remember to turn the drum everyday. I bought an olive barrel for $25, then used what I had laying around, bed frame for the angle iron, a couple of shopping cart wheels, a windshield wiper motor, scavenged gears and chain from a bicycle. The wood is scraps from my woodshop. I will be putting it on a timer to run for about 5 mins aday. If it works out well, I will replace the wood with pressure treated. Still need to make a cover over the motor and chain drive unit. If you would like, I will post a short video of in running.


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posted 04-18-2012 09:05 PM

Very industrial! You will be amazed at how well the composting will work. I just had my compost tested and happy to say it’s very high in neutrients.

”....used what I had laying around….” you certainly have a bunch of stuff just laying around!

Look forward to the video

-- Pam grows 'em - I cook 'em...... Melbourne, Fl

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posted 04-18-2012 09:46 PM

I’m a bit of a pack rat.. lol


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posted 04-18-2012 11:51 PM

Wheels! Duh! Wish I had thought of that when I built mine – might have to retrofit it now as it is a bit hard to turn (I’m using two “layers” of PVC over conduit). Your’s looks fantastic. I agree with Harold & Pam, you’ll be happy with the results – only takes 4 to 6 weeks in the summer to get a good batch in mine, though I believe “they” say you can get one in as little as 3 weeks if the conditions are right. Would love to see the video!

-- "We are stardust. We are golden. And we've got to get ourselves back to the garden." Joni Mitchell

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posted 04-19-2012 06:47 AM

Very neat setup. Where do you get olive barrels!?
Thanks for sharing.
Well done.

-- I don't know if it'll work...Let's try it and see!

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posted 04-19-2012 07:26 AM

A local salvage type wharehouse is selling them for $25 out the door. I’ll post the short video as soon as I can remember my youtube password.


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posted 04-19-2012 08:11 AM

Video is up, it is real short but you will get the idea.


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posted 04-19-2012 08:33 AM

I think it is brilliant!!

Your lazy resulted in “brilliance’; my lazy resulted in a $$purchased one. I like yours better because I rarely remember to turn mine. Instead I opted for catching the “tea” that drips out the bottom and adding it to the rainbarrel water when I remember.

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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posted 04-19-2012 10:27 AM

A very brilliant idea. Thanks for the video.


-- Bagwan-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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posted 04-21-2012 08:03 AM

Very nice job on the composter.Good luck with it.

-- Bon,Hastings, 5a....Always room for one more

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posted 01-20-2013 04:27 PM

This is truly out of the box or barrel thinking! I’t a perfect solution to what I want for my garden. Now to find an olive barrel or something like it.
Thnaks for sharing!

-- Type-0's are normal for me! St Augustine Florida

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