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DIY Compost Tumbler from Junk

3 Sep , 2013   Video

My folks came out from the east coastĀ for a visit. Thought it would be a great opportunity to tap into their vast knowledge of off grid living. My father suggested we should build a compost tumbler for my spouse. It would be a great idea for making soil and put me in the “good books”.
The overall build idea of the compost tumbler was like a pig on a spit, the entire barrel spins on a pipe. The rotating motion helps turn over the material.
Materials required:
– a 55 gallon, food grade, blue plastic drum. A neighbour was doing a late summer purge and needed the barrel gone. For free! Sweet!
– left over 1″ pipe from the rotating solar panel mount. It was 64″ long (162cm).
– (4) pieces of 2″ x 4″ lumber. (Yes, I used Cedar!) Two pieces were cut to the dia. of the top/bottom of the barrel
– a piano hinge or hinges from a door
– a latch (couldn’t find one, so I used a bungee cord
– (8) 1″ deck screws
– two dead trees for a stand
– an extra pair of hands
– will need a drill and a 1″ hole saw
– some scrap 1″ x 2″ for ribs

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