Three Low-Cost Compost Tumblers

For avid gardeners in need of compost, compost tumblers are exceptional devices that anyone can build with a few tools, the right materials, and a little mechanical aptitude.



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The first and simplest of MOTHER EARTH NEWS' three compost tumblers uses a 55 gallon drum set on steel roller skate wheels attached to a wooden stand.
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The final tumbler uses a discarded hot water tank as the containment vessel.
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The cloverleaf tumbler uses three barrel halves bolted together. You will need two barrels to do this, so make sure they're the same size.
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