FPS combines my passion for hunting and wildlife conservation with the overall need for self sufficiency.
Step 1: My current compost heap works fine but doesn't break the grass clippings and tables wastes down very fast.
Step 2: Here is my 55 gallon steel drum. Notice the 1 1/2" holes drilled into the side using a hole saw.
Step 3: I had a scrap piece of conduit that was used to go through the center of the barrel.
Step 4: I just used some masking tape to form the straight lines for cutting the lid opening.
Step 5: The end blocks are drilled and can now accept the conduit.
Step 6: Using a cutting wheel, I made my first long cut. Notice the holes drilled in each corner of the new lid. This gives me an easy ending point for the cutting wheel.
Step 7: Close up view of the hinges and lid corners before the rest of the cuts were made.
Step 8: Here is my cut off wheel and (homemade) wheel wrench.
Step 9: My next cut was the other long cutting line. Again, install the latch at this point so everything stays square.
Step 10: Finally the two short ends are cut and the lid is now finished and completely square
Step 11: The first end block is installed by running two bolts through the drum and cutting a center hole large enough for the conduit to slide through.
Step 12: End blocks installed and checking conduit for fit and alignment.
Step 13: I opted to keep the tumbler above my compost heap. Very easy to load and now all I have to do is spin the barrel to dump the contents.
Step 14: Mmmmm, this is the good stuff. Barrel is loaded with clipping, table scraps, cardboard, newspaper and a little water to keep it moist.
Step 15: Final pic of my compost tumbler. It was an easy project and something your kids may enjoy helping you build.