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Is aluminum mesh okay to use for composting? Answered

Today I'm making a combination of 2 compost bins posted on this site-a rotating bin (bought a plastic garbage can) with wooden x frames at the ends-poll through it to spin it-I cut 6 rectangles lengthwise and want to cover them with aluminum mesh. Is aluminum okay to use for composting?

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kricketone (author)2009-10-26

NO, it would brake down with heat,moisture , and the salts thats in the compost would suggest you use stainless steel.

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kevinhannan (author)2009-08-27

by mesh I'm assuming you mean with holes in it. Sorry to be pedantic, but I need to clear! From what I know of composting it requires heat to break down the stuff you are composting, so while you have air-flow which is also required, you may have too much air-flow to compost efficiently. So I guess it would still work, just slower. Also you may find it gets to wet and too dry depending on the weather rather than a stable environment. You would also lose composting juice which is a great fertiliser and may prove too much for the earth directly below your composter as the recommended strength is 1:10 juice to water. If you decide not to use the mesh for composting, you could make a garden sculpture out of it - perhaps Gorfram's frog might provide some inspiration! lol!

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seandogue (author)kevinhannan2009-08-27

aaahhhhh...so those barrel composters are meant to be closed, huh? I do my composting via my voracious leetle friends the 9-12 inch long earthworms in a simple pile...but still interested...

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kevinhannan (author)seandogue2009-08-28

composters are s'posed to be contained but with an air-flow cos - the bugs (which will die from the heat) and - microbes (which will also die but recover from the air-borne critters) need air to survive. although one should remember there are also anaerobic microbes. No, you don't have winter/summer composters - one does the job year round.

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ChrisnLaura (author)kevinhannan2009-08-27

Funny, heh, although, I do like yard art...well...right now its 96 degrees out with a medium wind, and I'm hoping to keep a watchful eye on it daily...I thought I was being clever cutting out rectangles in the bin and covering the holes with aluminum screening, sorta aerating itself. Maybe I'll make the door be a solid piece I cut out. Thanks.

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ChrisnLaura (author)ChrisnLaura2009-08-27

Maybe would it work better if I recover 2 of the holes and only have 4 screened...do people have summer and winter compost bins?

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