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Post  cpeaches on 5/3/2017, 11:15 pm

I was hoping to make a 3-section compost system out of bricks, but I haven't been able to find any pictures of one.  Now I'm worried about the idea.  Do you think it could work?  I was originally going to use wood pallets but those are harder to find than I expected, and I just got a ton of red bricks for free
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Post  MrBooker on 5/4/2017, 3:02 am

cpeaches wrote:I was hoping to make a 3-section compost system out of bricks, but I haven't been able to find any pictures of one.  Now I'm worried about the idea.  Do you think it could work?  I was originally going to use wood pallets but those are harder to find than I expected, and I just got a ton of red bricks for free
 I guess a brick compost system would work.  I would be concerned about getting enough air to the pile using bricks.
I put together a 3-section compost bin using wood pallets without any tools. I just stood the pallets up and used big wire ties to hold them together. There are some free pallets on "Craigslist". Have you checked there?

Here is a pic of the bin when I first put it together in Feb. It started out as a two bin then I added another bin later.
Notice the center divider pallet is smaller so I dont have to lift the compost as high when I turn the pile.
(The box on top is a planter box)
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Post  AtlantaMarie on 5/4/2017, 7:41 am

Hi CPeaches. Welcome from Atlanta, GA!

I certainly think it could work, but you'll need to build in air ventilation. You'll also need to think about height. I doubt I'd go above 3 feet so I could transfer back & forth fairly easily.

Sanderson, I know you have a cement/brick floor on yours. Can you jump in here?
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Post  trolleydriver on 5/4/2017, 8:10 am

cpeaches ... how would you hold the bricks together?  Would you mortar them in place? I think it would be dangerous to just pile them up. You would not want them to topple over.  As well, they will be heavy when built up. I expect they will need some kind of a footing (e.g., cinder blocks, concrete pad, or as a minimum a few inches of crushed rock) so that they don't sink into the ground. I'm just thinking out loud so I don't mind if someone corrects me.  BTW I use bricks around a couple of my SFG beds but they are only stacked two or three layers high.

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Post  cpeaches on 5/4/2017, 9:46 am

trolleydriver wrote:cpeaches ... how would you hold the bricks together?  Would you mortar them in place? 
 This is why I was originally looking for an example, to see if others used mortar (or something else or nothing), and how high they built it.  Ugh.  Thanks for your ideas!

As for ventilation, I was thinking of leaving intentional gaps between bricks, perhaps like this or a mix of this and solid layers for more stability:
 

And thanks for the welcomes, I'm glad to have found this place!  And MrBooker thanks for your pic, I can keep looking on Craigslist but apparently people around here are hungry for pallets haha
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Post  MrBooker on 5/4/2017, 12:48 pm

cpeaches wrote:
trolleydriver wrote:cpeaches ... how would you hold the bricks together?  Would you mortar them in place? 
 This is why I was originally looking for an example, to see if others used mortar (or something else or nothing), and how high they built it.  Ugh.  Thanks for your ideas!

As for ventilation, I was thinking of leaving intentional gaps between bricks, perhaps like this or a mix of this and solid layers for more stability:
 

And thanks for the welcomes, I'm glad to have found this place!  And MrBooker thanks for your pic, I can keep looking on Craigslist but apparently people around here are hungry for pallets haha
cpeaches: I see you are from St. Louis. I live just across the river in Millstadt, Illinois.  There is a Rural King store in Waterloo, Illinois and they give really good pallets away. That's where I get all of my pallets. Just Google "Rural King" Waterloo, Illinois.  The pallets they give away are always stacked down at the end of the bricks and pave stones.
          My wife and I are going down there tomorrow morning. We could meet you there if you like.
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Post  sanderson on 5/4/2017, 9:44 pm

Marie,  It's 101*F here and I have slacked off on everything, including this Forum.  Yes, I used pavers and bricks for a solid, clean foundation.  The worms come up when the compost is cool.  I have changed the liner of the cage by removing the metal window screen and added 1/2" hardware cloth and final lining of commercial weed fabric. Breathable but smooth.  

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