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View Poll Results: What type of compost bin do you use?

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  • Wooden box

    16 30.19%
  • Cone

    9 16.98%
  • Top-add bottom-empty

    23 43.40%
  • Tumbler

    2 3.77%
  • Other bin type

    5 9.43%
  • Wormery

    9 16.98%
  • Bokashi

    4 7.55%
  • Something else

    8 15.09%
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  1. #1
    Kristen is offline Early Fruiter
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    Default What type of compost bin do you use?

    My grand plans to build some decent compost boxes are not progressing quickly enough so I want to buy something in the interim.

    I would be interested to hear from people that use each type and how well they work. I've outlined my views on each type, please tell me your views.

    Wooden box. Ideal size 3' x 3' Hard to empty unless it has removable front. Needs a lid. May need some insulation. Open to vermin. A 3 foot cube is 760 litres.

    Cones. Circular - no cold spots. Lift off when full. Leaves a cold heap then? Insulated. Advertised as better at keeping heap hot. Is this true? I see them up to 283 litres

    Add-at-top empty-at-bottom. Mostly these are barrel shaped, and have a door to take the finished compost out of the bottom. I'm sceptical that composting always works so evenly that these work as advertised. Also not sure about when there is a glut of material (I would prefer to make a new heap at that point, but I'm speaking with no knowledge).

    Variation has "doors" at various levels to keep the fresh / nearly done separate - e.g. the Earthmaker Composter 466 litres.

    Tumbler. Advertised as speeding up the process (3 weeks even??). Obviously easy to empty. Presumably cannot be huge, as too heavy, the ones I have seen are around 200 litres which is "small" in my book - mind you, 200 litres every 3 weeks sounds fantastic!

    Wormeries I quite fancy one of those for the kitchen waste, but I'm not sure that we would be disciplined enough to balance what we put in it, etc., to make it work well. So I'm more inclined to chuck the stuff on the compost heap (would help if the compost bin was enclosed and vermin-proof though). I don't think that Wormeries deal with left over meat, do they?

    Bokashi bins. Will deal with meat. Some people say that theirs stink! The Bran looks to be about 100 p.a. - that's a lot just to get rid of the things that I could NOT routinely chuck on the compost heap.

    "Tea" from Wormeries and Bokashi could go into the watering can when I water the veg plants, so an added bonus (if not too fiddly to organise!)
    Last edited by Kristen; 10-07-2008 at 12:22 PM.

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    janeyo is offline Early Fruiter
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    I have been in my house for about 6 months. I inherited a small council dalek bin. It was ful of manky old grass cuttings and no 'brown'. So I painstakingly tipped it all out and added brown and have been turning it... it's now almost ready to use.

    I have since got 2 more big daleks from the council (ours were 9) and have filled one and am working on the next.

    Can't say how they complare to open ones as never had one. But I do like that I can keep a lid on it etc.

    I do think the whole process han be over-complicated and maybe the simple ideas are best? We don't have a lot of cooked food waste here and only one meat-eater so normal bins work ok for us. The chooks get left over pasta and bread and things like that.


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    4 Pallets on their side, fence posts holding them in place. One at the front has two sticks in front of it to allow me to take away the front panel and turn the compost over.

    Cost: 10 approx for fence paint (used for fence posts round the rest of plot too).
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    Mine is completely home made, chestnut poles - two verticaly at each corner and then layers of horizontal poles resting between them. Serves me very well and I build it up as I need to. The "lid" is an opened compost sack with sticks to hold it in place; very rustic!!

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    Ours was handmade with, just as HW describes, wooden palletts. I see most votes, like my own, are for something else - dont know if you can edit a poll? If so maybe you should add the pallet option too.
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    Have a wormery, bokashi and 2 wooden bins. All are dead easy and work a treat.

    Am a bit confused though as to why a pallett bin isn't a wooden bin?

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    Kristen is offline Early Fruiter
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    "dont know if you can edit a poll"

    I tried, but didn't get offered the chance.

    I'm happy to put a summary if folk post an indication of what their "something else" is here.

    But I reckon the Poll option of wooden-box is good enough for "old pallets strapped together" Its close enough compared to plastic daleks!

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    curlycan is offline Germinator
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    Hi Kristen
    I have a Bokashi bin and now i have made my own wormery. The bokashi is great and produces great plant liquid feed( our veggies and flowers look great), also once the food waste has been in the bokashi for about three weeks then you can add it to the wormery which reduce it down further or just dig it into the garden. I think both these together are ideal if you have a small garden but if you have a big garden with enough room to have a conventional compost heap then do that, to make them you only need 3 or 4 old pallets screwed together and away you go.

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