If you google "bamboo composter" you'll see my "bins." They are more to keep the piles contained and somewhat masked in our tiny yard. I've had them for 5 years now and they're still working out great since I just use a simple pile method.
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We have a bin that looks like a garbage can with ventilation vents, but it has no bottom, so we have tons of worms that come up and it composts fairly quickly. When it needs turning, we just pull up the bin and move it a few feet, then fork in the top uncomposted bit back into the empty bin. We do this every month or so, and the areas where the bins have been are our best producing spots. Works for us.
I bought a bin that our county extension was selling. It was like a garbage can with a small door on the bottom and vents but I wasn't able to turn the compost because of the diameter. So when you consider one think about how you will turn the compost. I had to buy what looked like an anchor. The parts went into the compost like an arrow but when you pulled it up they spread out and scooped the compost up so it turned it. It was very difficult for me to use because I have fibromyalgia and don't have the strength. Then after spending all that money we moved and since it was winter and it was staked into the ground we left it.
I don't think I would have the strength to turn a barrel either unless it was a small one, so if I were to buy another one it would be a 3 bin system made out of wood and wire so there is always compost in the making. Now I just pile it in a corner of the yard and don't use kitchen scraps.
I have a compost tumbler and I also have a bin I hae disovered that the tumbler makes compost quickly but there are times that I wind up with more than it will hold, like the end of season garden clean up and leaves, so that goes into the bin until I can get it into the tumbler. I also do worm composting.
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Pile that is in a raised bed that just doesn't get enough sun anymore. It has a wire fence behind it. Sides would be nice. I like not having to pick up compost and throw it over a side when I want to restack. Works great.
Vermiculture...homemade bin from instructables. Worms are in the garage at this time of year and still consuming eventhough it is cold.
I had never heard of indoor composting. We don't use any bin but just pile the stuff in a corner of the yard. This makes it fairly easy to turn with a manure fork. Ours has a lot of used animal bedding from our ducks, rabbits and horse and manure and just gets way too big for a bin of any kind. Any kind of plastic bin will reduce air circulation. I would recommend a a rectangular wooden structure that can be made from scrap lumber and has removable boards, maybe put together with long pieces of rebar or green T-posts as supports. If it gets pretty high you can put pieces of draintile through the middle to increase airflow.
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It depends whether you're composting indoors (vermicomposting) or outdoors. All compost needs some air, but to avoid bugs inside, most use a 2 layer system (i.e. air between the inner layer with airholes and the sealed outer layer). Not only do worms need some oxygen, a system which doesn't have enough oxygen often produces very smelly slime rather than "black gold." That said, I have a sealed garbage can (with lid) that I use in the winter to store kitchen waste (non-meat) for adding to the true outdoor compost pile in the spring. Air can be added to outdoor compost using a tumbler system, or screen/airholes in a trash can or bin (my city used to recycle its old bins by adding hole-saw cuts), or simply periodically turning the pile with a pitchfork.
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