Compost Pile vs. Drum Composting

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A Compost Pile Decomposes Organic Waste At High Temperatures

Take a look at the purposes served by compost; that's sufficient to give a fair idea about its constituents. A deeper observation shall reveal where it's done the best. Composts destroy pathogens, unwanted plants and their seeds and also bring back life to the soil.

The real credits go to the microbes residing in it and working as pesticides (these include thermophiles and mesophiles) apart from the detritivores (fly larvae, redworms).

A Compost Pile Decomposes Organic Waste Compost Pile

However, thermophilic or composting done at high-temperatures is more effective in destroying all sorts of pathogens, excluding prions, the infectious protein particles lacking the nucleic acid but otherwise sporting a general virus structure.

That makes clear that composts chiefly comprise carbon (produces energy through oxidation by microbes), nitrogen (aids the growth and reproduction of microbes), oxygen (for the oxidation of carbon) and water (to keep things from turning anaerobic). And all those come from elements in fixed ratios, providing the essentials to the bacteria for heating up the pile and release water in the form of vapor, depleting the oxygen fast. A proper air/water balance maintains the high temperatures till the materials decompose completely; anything extra or lower than what's required shall slow down the process.

Ideally, a compost pile mix should have 30 parts of carbon to 1 part of nitrogen. Now, those two are present in everything but in widely varied amounts; that makes freshly trimmed grass (15:1), different from autumn leaves (dry ones have approx. 50:1) but equally important in the compost heap. Home composting usually range close to very close to the ideal C:N range in some individual situations; though go hell bent in maintaining an ideal mix. It requires a keen observation on the ingredient amounts, considering different materials and an entire pile of related brainstorming and muscle flexing; achieving a faster workable technique is drum composting.

Rotary Drum Composting Turns The Compost Over At Specific Gaps

This is not rotating drum composting with working principles similar to ball mills or the hay dryers and often quite big setups; rotary drum composting (single/double-deck) is a sane choice if space is scarce too.

The method turns the job of turning the compost over at specific gaps easier; it takes away the hassles and the sweating on the compost pile. It's the crank that does it and the resulting mix leads to an aeration of the compost, for a faster and better burn. All you need is a couple of barrels/drums (fit for storing alcohol), posts (4x4), galvanized pipes and a buzz-saw and drill among power tools.

The drill is for the holes (top and bottom) of the drum, enough to let the pipes - with holes drilled along their length - in and out from both ends. The pipes must have a greater length than the barrels. They aid in air circulation and to support the drum(s) on the X-frame you'll build. Additional holes (90° apart) may be dug (about .50 inches diameter) to drain excess water and provide additional air inflow.

Into this barrel shall go grass cuttings and other organic waste materials (food scraps, leaves etc) and rolled every few days to bring an even mix. The container must never be filled beyond 3/4th of its capacity and nothing is to be expected till first 10 weeks are over.

Compost Pile vs. Drum Composting

This review shows the advantages of decomposing organic waste through a compost pile and by using the more technical method of drum composting. Both methods need to keep brown waste and green materials balanced to guarantee the ideal decomposing process. One main argument for either the compost heap or the drum might probably depend on the available space you have at home and on amount of waste.

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The benefits of decomposing organic waste through a compost pile or by using drum composting