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  • Joined Jun 2013
Plastic coal bunker as compost bin?
« on: March 22, 2020, 06:00:40 pm »
I googled this and got some diverse answers.
I've just demolished my rotten old compost heap which was made from pallets. I could rebuild something similar, but tbh it was a pain because my dogs kept stealing egg shells out of it!
I was thinking of building a plastic compost bin form e.g. an old mooring buoy or a big plastic float (I know of a few of these on the shore nearby)
I also have on old plastic coal bunker sitting empty. In theory I think it could work really well- organic waste goes in the top, compost comes out the wee hatch at the bottom. But will it be aerated enough? Should I cut the bottom out of the bunker? Should I replace the top hatch with something that will let the rain in? Am I overthinking all this?? :D
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  • Joined Nov 2015
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Re: Plastic coal bunker as compost bin?
« Reply #1 on: March 22, 2020, 06:06:58 pm »
Or;  should you just pile it all up in a heap (maybe with a tarp' covering) & turn it over over at least once and then, after another while, just use it ?   :D :D


  • Joined Feb 2016
Re: Plastic coal bunker as compost bin?
« Reply #2 on: March 22, 2020, 06:44:56 pm »
I just chuck all grass cuttings and everything comparable inside the chicken run - they keep turning it every day - the deeper layer is full of red Californian worms - they do all the job.
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Re: Plastic coal bunker as compost bin?
« Reply #3 on: March 22, 2020, 11:15:44 pm »
Putting the compost ingredients in the bunker would be fine, trying to extract the result through a small hole would not!  Those dalek type compost bins which claim you can remove beautiful, friable compost through their litttle trapdoors lie!  The only way to remove it is to lift off the dalek.  With your bunker, you could lift it off, move it along a bit then refill, which would turn it in the process. To use it, you would have to lift off the bin.  You could only lift off the bin if you removed the bottom.
really it's much simpler to have your pallet heap (or ideally three in a row) with lids to keep the rain and dogs out.  Crush your eggshells before they go in the bin  :D

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  • Joined Jun 2013
Re: Plastic coal bunker as compost bin?
« Reply #4 on: March 23, 2020, 10:45:52 am »
OK so as a minimum I need to cut the bottom out, got it.
I'll count how many pallets I have, perhaps that is the better option after all. Although my experience building things with pallets is that it's never as simple as you would hope! Why are there so many different designs?? :D


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