This device is the opposite of environmentally friendly.

This machine burns energy year round. Is there or is there not another way to compost without a plug?

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Kiteman8 years ago
What device? And since when does a compost heap need a plug?
Maybe he means the prize for the Get in the Garden Contest.

...Or, if I'm wrong, I should stop thinking and get to bed (2:34am). :P
I suspect he does. Handily, though, their website has a cutaway diagram of the guts of the machine, and like the lightbulb oil lamp I suspect the community could do just as well. It's basically a trough to hold food waste, with a stirrer like a bread machine has, which occasionally drops compost into a tray shaped like a bread pan. The rest (heater, air filter etc) is presumably to make it kitchen-friendly. I bet we could replicate the design for under $300, most of the parts are covered elsewhere on the site already.
By using a combination of building parts and stuff like dirt cheap fan heaters I reckon it could definitely be recreated for a fairly low sum. Those boxes for recycling bottles may be a good start as a casing, to keep within theme.
A good name (author)  killerjackalope8 years ago
Eh... I don't know, my point was that it soaked up electricity just by running, but I suppose using old parts would make it a bit better... Now if we could only integrate a solar panel... :)
Rotten194 PKM8 years ago
The heater speeds up the process, I believe. And we probably COULD replicate this, but I don't think it would be under $300.
Done, for $25: Mr. Compost
If you like it, feel free to vote! =)

The heat does drastically speed up decomposition - look up aerobic composting on Wikipedia.
I stand corrected. :O That was really well done. I voted.
lemonie8 years ago
Go back to the page you were looking at. Scroll down towards the bottom and click on Add Comment in the lower left hand area.

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A good name (author)  lemonie8 years ago
I posted it under the forum for a contest. I have no idea how it ended up in here, unless someone moved it...
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