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This device is the opposite of environmentally friendly. Answered

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

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Kiteman (author)2009-07-05

What device? And since when does a compost heap need a plug?

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Spl1nt3rC3ll (author)Kiteman2009-07-06

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

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PKM (author)Spl1nt3rC3ll2009-07-06

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.

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killerjackalope (author)PKM2009-07-09

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.

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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... :)

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Rotten194 (author)PKM2009-07-08

The heater speeds up the process, I believe. And we probably COULD replicate this, but I don't think it would be under $300.

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eecharlie (author)Rotten1942009-07-20

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.

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Rotten194 (author)eecharlie2009-07-21

I stand corrected. :O That was really well done. I voted.

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lemonie (author)2009-07-05

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)lemonie2009-07-05

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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Gjdj3 (author)A good name2009-07-05

It still wouldn't show a specific project. Maybe you could add a link?

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A good name (author)Gjdj32009-07-05

Heh? No no I posted under the green garden contest in the forum there... shouldn't it show up?

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A good name (author)A good name2009-07-05

That's always been my experience with it anyways.

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Kiteman (author)A good name2009-07-06

You still should have commented on the Instructable posting itself.

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A good name (author)Kiteman2009-07-06

It was a contest for the GreenMill composter for the get in the garden contest, not an instructable Kite.

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Kiteman (author)A good name2009-07-06

Ohhh...

(In that case, you should have commented on the "How to enter" posting.)

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A good name (author)Kiteman2009-07-06

I'm confused...

I went here:

https://www.instructables.com/contest/garden/

Then I posted a new topic in the forum...

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A good name (author)A good name2009-07-06

Aw well it's probably more trouble that it's worth.

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Gjdj3 (author)A good name2009-07-06

Maybe I've damaged my brain more than I realized, but I don't really understand what you are saying. Did you try to enter this on the "Get in the Garden Contest" page? And you're talking about the prize, right?

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Kiteman (author)lemonie2009-07-05

Unless it's a puzzle - maybe we're supposed to work out what they're talking about?

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Kiteman (author)lemonie2009-07-05

Possibly... I wonder if we're going to get a response from the original poster?

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lemonie (author)Kiteman2009-07-05

We did, raise your eyes upwards L

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Kiteman (author)lemonie2009-07-05

Ah. You don't see separate threads when you use the "reply" button from your comment page.

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lemonie (author)Kiteman2009-07-05

I click on the link to take me back to the page (in case other people have updated the area) L

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