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Sun 13-Jun-10
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SandyC
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Has anybody tried making a compost tumbler from an empty oil drum? I am guessing that it would need ventilation holes but is it a question of..... less is best or more l'amour?

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Hadn't thought of that. Just a problem with the oil residues I would have thought. Cheers

Sun 13-Jun-10
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been mulling this over for a while got two thought trains so far the wind powered constant turn type with a spiral inside to move the compost through the drums or a solar powered 12v with a timer to give 1 or 2 turns a day either way ventilation would have to be at the ends because of the sive effect as the drum rolls, mechanics are quite easy its getting the through flow rite that's the hard part ,recon you would need 3 or 4 drums in line to get the volume to make it worth while MOS

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Mon 14-Jun-10
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oill drums are cheap to buy here and seem to be cleaned already. I was thinking of putting them on end supports with a spindle and simple handle( bit like a spit roast) and then rotating them once a day but it is getting the right ventilation that is stumping me. I will have to start with a few holes and then add more if those are not enough. All trial and error here which makes life interesting.

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Mon 14-Jun-10
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Certainly sounds like a good idea SandyC, let us know how you get on with it.

Would solar power be enough to rotate a drum of compost MOS, it would be fairly heavy wouldn't it?

Mon 14-Jun-10
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Now not for me to say this...but it all sounds rather complicated.  Can't you just get one of the locals to turn it over for you on a regular basis or are you just bored out there....and looking out of the box in a creative fashion. 

I'm trying to design a portable rotavator for my potting bench at the moment...with MOS' help of course....SteamSteam  the one I have is too big for the pots....but I suppose I could just get bigger pots...Big_LaughBig_Laugh

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I am getting confused with what you mean by rotavator, maybe I missed a post. A rotavator is for the garden to save digging, or so I thought but are you talking about a rotating table or something? Not hard to confuse me Roll_Eyes

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Hi sandy C sorry i got a bit complicated hand ones are quite simple just put steel rod through the center and cut a door  in the side with good latch  dont cut holes in it get a sharp axe and put lots of horizontal slots then the compost dosent fall out so much also put some house bricks in with the compost and as you turn it breaks up the fibers MOS .

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JoannaS said:

I am getting confused with what you mean by rotavator, maybe I missed a post. A rotavator is for the garden to save digging, or so I thought but are you talking about a rotating table or something? Not hard to confuse me Roll_Eyes


 Sorry    Sorry JoannaS  this is all MOS fault.  He thought I was going to use a rotavator for my potting bench.....so I thought I would play along with it...hence the bigger pots.

You go back to your composter and I'll stick with my rotavator....OK....(but do you know where I could buy a small one for a potting bench)...Big_LaughBig_Laugh 

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Arrhh thank you! There are times I doubt my sanity on this forum. I guess that is why I fit right in Whistle I think the one your looking for ep is called a trowelCheers

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JoannaS said:

Certainly sounds like a good idea SandyC, let us know how you get on with it.

Would solar power be enough to rotate a drum of compost MOS, it would be fairly heavy wouldn't it?


 

HI joanna solar power should do this easy, put it into a battery and use an electric window motor geared to the rim or the drum via a belt,should take aprox 70 80 secomds to rotate and if you time it to rotate in the afternoon the battery will have plenty of time to charge before ,and time to recover before next days charge .did similar system for a dryer, that drum was 7 ft long and rotated 3 times a day and had a solar fan to push air through MOS

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Sorry JoannaS...needs as needs must...I'm currently trying to modify a food processor so leave me to my senilic jousting.  Life can be boring in them there hills with nothing to ponder on......oh the possibilitiesWhistleWhistle

 

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Mon 14-Jun-10
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just ask joanna she knows maths she did my sq route question DevilRunAway

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Mon 14-Jun-10
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MOS said:

just ask joanna she knows maths she did my sq route question DevilRunAway


 

Noooo...do they get more difficult the higher up the ladder you go.....I've got to stop postingMonsterMonster

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Mon 14-Jun-10
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so far ive had sq route of 675 and largest prime no below 3,456. its the long devision ones that get me ,and you have to show the working outWhistleDevil

 

 

this one is 674.55 devided by 44.55 think ile regester again and get some simple one's MOSDevil

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