Building A Compost Bin

It is not necessary to purchase a compost bin before creating. While doing so provides benefits and ease of use, for many people it may not be economically feasible. Building a compost bin from items around the house or farm is quite easy. If you're looking for a more pleasing look for your homemade compost bin, and you're a handyman with building, then view the plans below for the construction of a wooden compost bin.

Wire Bin

Use an 11-foot length of 2-inch x 4-inch x 36-inch welded, medium-gauge fence wire from your local hardware or building supply store. Tie the ends together to form your hoop. A bin this size holds just over one cubic yard of material. Snow fencing can be used in a similar fashion. Another option is our Wire Bin Composter, which holds 20 cubic feet. In addition, it can be expanded to form a three-bin unit.

Trash Can Bin

To convert a plastic trash can into a composter, cut off the bottom with a saw. Drill about 24 quarter-inch holes in the sides of the can for good aeration. Bury the bottom of the can from several inches to a foot or more below the soil surface and press the loosened soil around the sides to secure it. Partially burying the composter will make it easier for microorganisms to enter the pile.

Block or Brick or Stone Bin

Lay the blocks, with or without mortar, leaving spaces between each block to permit aeration. Form three sides of a 3-to 4-foot square, roughly 3 to 4 feet high.

Wood Pallet Bin

Discarded wooden pallets from factories or stores can be stood upright to form a bin. Attach the corners with rope, wire, or chain. A fourth pallet can be used as a floor to increase air flow. A used carpet or tarp can be placed over the top of the pile to reduce moisture loss or keep out rain or snow.

Two or Three-Bay Wood Bin

Having several bins allows you to use one section for storing materials, one for active composting, and one for curing or storing finished compost. Each bin should be approximately 36 x 36 x 36 inches. Be sure to allow air spaces between the sidewall slats, and make the front walls removable (lift out slats) for easy access. Lift-up lids are nice. You can extend the life of your wood bin by treating it with a non-toxic weatherproofing substance such as Thompson's Water Seal.

There are methods to keep your compost aerated, without the hassle of turning:

Did you Know!?

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