Things you will need:

* Barrel
* Steel Rod
* Pair of Hinges
* Lock Hasp
* Bolts and Nuts
* 4X4 Posts
* Plywood
* Jig Saw

Low Cost Way To Build Rotating Barrel Composter

To build the Rotating Barrel Composter, first cut your door out to desired size. Next cut 4 round discs out of plywood.  Two disc should be 6 inches in diameter and two should be 4 inches. These sizes can be changed and depends on the size of your barrel.

 

How To Build Rotating Barrel Composter

How To Build Rotating Barrel Composter

Next attach the door hinges and lock hasp.

 

How To Build Rotating Barrel Composter

How To Build Rotating Barrel Composter

A view with the door open

 

How To Build Rotating Barrel Composter

How To Build Rotating Barrel Composter

The larger disc are bolted to the barrel using 4 bolts. The smaller disc are screwed onto the larger disc using deck screws. Be sure to get everything centered. Once installed, drill a hole through both discs and barrel on both ends. The size of the hole depends on the size of the rod used. Be sure to use a rod big enough to support the weight of the compost. I used a 1 inch rod.

How To Build Rotating Barrel Composter

How To Build Rotating Barrel Composter

Another view with the rod inserted.

How To Build Rotating Barrel Composter

How To Build Rotating Barrel Composter

Grow Your Own Organic Food

The Rotating Barrel Composter Installed on the 4X4 posts. After setting the posts in concrete, I used a circular saw to notch the top of the posts 2 inches deep and 1 1/4 inches wide. This allows the rod to rest in the notch and rotate smoothly.

How To Build Rotating Barrel Composter

How To Build Rotating Barrel Composter

Another view

How To Build Rotating Barrel Composter

How To Build Rotating Barrel Composter

This shows the handle side.

 

How To Build Rotating Barrel Composter

How To Build Rotating Barrel Composter

Finally, I spray painted the Rotating Barrel Composter flat black so it will absorb heat more readily and therefore compost faster.

 

How To Build Rotating Barrel Composter

How To Build Rotating Barrel Composter

 

Easy To Build Rotating Barrel Composter

 

How To Build Rotating Barrel Composter

How To Build Rotating Barrel Composter