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I was at the local Lowes center, and while in the garden section I saw this compost bin. Its about 4 feet tall and about 4 foot square. It has a 1 foot square at the bottom to get the compost out of.

Has anyone tried one of those bins? Does it sound like it would do a good job of composting kitchen waste?

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i saw them too and was wondering about them.
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Kev, I bought one for this year. It was easy to put together and looks like it will do the job. I will say that it is not super duty construction. I accidentally leaned on it and popped the corner already. Easily fixed. I'll update how its doing as I get more kitchen waste into it, but I'm happy with it so far.
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You just have to keep it warm and moist inside-ie outdoor temperature and add water, but not too much, if necessary for a dry climate. It should have an open bottom so the compost sits on the ground so the little worms can get to it. If it looks like it would do that then it would be a good one. But you could probably make your own out of 2x4's and plywood for a lot cheaper that would do just as good of a job.
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a bin that big for kitchen waste? You must be one heck of a cook.

If you need a three by three foot bin to get the pile cooking four is even better. I would rather make one out of scrap though, its way cheaper and if you dont need things to be tidy a simple pile on the ground works and its free.
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Sam's has them also for about $48.00 here - seems to be a good deal - my friend just bought 1 last week and I will let you know how they like it - so far all their kitchen scraps and a bunch of leaves along with some peat to help get some dirt in it have gone in - opened it Sunday and you could feel the heat so it must be working
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a bin that big for kitchen waste? You must be one heck of a cook.
Maybe you miss the point of the compost bin? You throw your kitchen waste in the bin and let it slowly fill up. It might take months, to get full. And then get get the by-product out of the bottom window.

I'am thinking about buying one and putting it up at the camp. That way I have a source of fertilizer up there.
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I saw those also ... This thread makes me think I might need one now. I was planning on building a bin but it might be good to start smaller and not get in over my head.

I do have one question though. I am feeding horses at a stable and therefore have access to more manure than any city person should have a right to. Can I bring home a bucket or two of manure and add it to my compost??

That is kind of why I was thinking bigger might be better. Not so much for this summer but in the fall and especially next spring!
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I saw those also ... This thread makes me think I might need one now. I was planning on building a bin but it might be good to start smaller and not get in over my head.

I do have one question though. I am feeding horses at a stable and therefore have access to more manure than any city person should have a right to. Can I bring home a bucket or two of manure and add it to my compost??

That is kind of why I was thinking bigger might be better. Not so much for this summer but in the fall and especially next spring!
Manure is pretty hot and will make most compost piles sing with joy! I use it to break down wood chips even. It works great with yard wastes. But you do need to add some "browns" to it. Shredded tree prunings are a good source. You can usually get as much wood chips as you want for free from the landfill.
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We have a regular wastebasket in the kitchen for food scraps and coffee grounds, etc..alot of food scraps and egg shells goes out to the chickens..the goats love banana peelings and fruit...when it gets full, I dump it in the compost pile out back, along with used shavings from the brooders( feedbag at a time), used straw from the chicken coop and goat pens.......the compost is a 8' diameter circle fence, 5' tall.........the thing about food scraps is they rot and draw flies, maggots and roaches...we burn all paper products and have a plastic grocery bag of actual garbage, once a week.
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I have 'traditional' compost piles from the horses, cows, poultry, alpacas and rabbits. This year, in addition to the big piles, I've taken a couple trash cans and cut off the bottom and punched several holes in the sides. I've screened the top and bottom of each can and will make compost in them, and see how well it works.

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We have a regular wastebasket in the kitchen for food scraps and coffee grounds, etc..alot of food scraps and egg shells goes out to the chickens..the goats love banana peelings and fruit...when it gets full, I dump it in the compost pile out back, along with used shavings from the brooders( feedbag at a time), used straw from the chicken coop and goat pens.......the compost is a 8' diameter circle fence, 5' tall.........the thing about food scraps is they rot and draw flies, maggots and roaches...we burn all paper products and have a plastic grocery bag of actual garbage, once a week.
Now see this is where I want to get to.

I saw the bin that the OP was referring to but it looked a little high priced for something that you could just build.
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Kev, garden waste is a good candidate for the compost pile as well as kitchen waste, so your purchase won't be wasted. However, that said, worms like to eat all kinds of stuff [even newspaper, I've read] and might be better at converting kitchen scraps and coffee grounds and the like into worm doo, which, unlike chicken doo, won't burn plants.
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My compost heap is just a fenced-off corner of the garden where I throw yard waste, kitchen scraps, egg shells, etc. I water it when I water the garden and hubby turns it with a shovel once every couple weeks. Nothing fancy but it gave us lots of healthy planting material for our pepper plants this year.
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My compost heap is just a fenced-off corner of the garden where I throw yard waste, kitchen scraps, egg shells, etc. I water it when I water the garden and hubby turns it with a shovel once every couple weeks. Nothing fancy but it gave us lots of healthy planting material for our pepper plants this year.
My garden this year is pretty much just getting the beds in place and trying my hand at growing a few things ... If the master plan works out, next year will be very, very productive ... do you need some horse poo??
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My garden this year is pretty much just getting the beds in place and trying my hand at growing a few things ... If the master plan works out, next year will be very, very productive ... do you need some horse poo??
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Hey Kev,

My wife and I were looking to buy a compost bin but couldn't justify spending a few hundred dollars on those big, mega-aerated, hand-tumbled, super composters.

So she found that same unit you are asking about and picked it up. Had it assembled in just a few minutes and have been using it for about 3 weeks. Only have it half filled but seems to be doing the job. We must be doing something right because it already had a rich, wholesome earthy smell to it. Nothing foul whatsoever. And we have some excellent cool nights here in SC lately - when I opened the bin last night, I saw faint steam rising out of the bin. Nature's magic at work. Our raised beds are going to love this stuff.
In the words of Forrest Gump, "I like it. I like it a lot".

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Maybe you miss the point of the compost bin? You throw your kitchen waste in the bin and let it slowly fill up. It might take months, to get full. And then get get the by-product out of the bottom window.

I'am thinking about buying one and putting it up at the camp. That way I have a source of fertilizer up there.
Oh Kev I get the point I was just joking with you. At the camp you have lots of space right? The scraps will just decompose on the ground no need to buy something for it. Save the money for better things or better yet do a video on making a bin out of scrap wood.
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I have 'traditional' compost piles from the horses, cows, poultry, alpacas and rabbits. This year, in addition to the big piles, I've taken a couple trash cans and cut off the bottom and punched several holes in the sides. I've screened the top and bottom of each can and will make compost in them, and see how well it works.

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My 1st year of composting I did it in a garbage can made out like a ghetto compostumbler. All summer I stuffed it with vegitables, in the fall I added leaves, I stuffed it right back up everytime it would settle down a bit and so the volume I put into is was around the size of two SUVs worth. The following spring I scoop it out and it had turned into only about s five gallon bucket. It really shrinks down so you dont need much space. If you are doing animal manure and want to burn out the seeds and do a thermal reaction to kill germs etc you need 3 quare feet for so. To use a 4X4 or in other words, to make the money spent worth it, you have to have a lot to put in it.
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