DIY,  Gardening,  Thrift

Rotating Compost

One of those things I have always wanted is a rotating compost bin. These can cost anywhere from $100-$400 (or more). I have been plotting to do this on the thrift ever since I saw the price tag.

One of my old roommates was nice enough to get me three of these big white barrels. Two are slated for water collection, but this one is now a rotating composter. So the barrel was free, we had the wood in the garage and the hardware cost around $20-$25.

Thanks to Steve for doing all the cutting, drilling and screwing. I just drew up the plans. All that is left to do is create a locking mechanism to keep the door shut when it is turning. I also need to give it a good rinse since there was something else in this barrel before it was my composter.

You can find the basic plans for this project on Wikihow. There are lots of materials that would work for this. I suggest going to the local hardware store and getting an idea of what is available and creating your own plan with the same basic idea. You may be able to pick up a food grade barrel for free from a local restaurant. I saw a bunch on craigslist for $25 a piece.

This bin is at just the right height for loading.


  • Gita

    i have tried a couple of cpsoomt bins. To be honest i have gotten the best results just making a pile and leaving it, turning it every couple of weeks. Two drawbacks in my opinion of bins is air circulation and creating a barrier for insects to enter. i had a black cpsoomt bin which from what i read was a popular model. The contents never got hot. This baffled me for a long time then i decided to just make a pile in a sunny area. after a good rain it gets piping hot.

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