Recycled pallet composter

My wife started raking leaves in the back yard today. I figured that means I ought to make the composter I’ve been talking about making for a while now. I’ve accumulated 3 regular pallets and one long ‘double’ pallet in the last year.

Recycling can full of yard gatherings ready to be put in the compost pile
Recycling can full of yard gatherings ready to be put in the compost pile

This is also a chance to use my tools. I love my tools.

Hatchet and mallet, hammer and saw, air nailers and compressor. The whole gamut of tool tech!
Hatchet and mallet, hammer and saw, air nailers and compressor. The whole gamut of tool tech!

I ‘decked’ the pallet that will face the yard with some scrap wood from a shipping crate I took apart for lumber. The scrap boards where too wide for some of the gaps so I split a bit off with a hatchet – no cutting these nail ridden scraps!

Filling in the gaps
Filling in the gaps
I used the hatchet to split scrap boards to fill the gaps that where too narrow
I used the hatchet to split scrap boards to fill the gaps that where too narrow

 

I put it together behind the garage so its out of the way visually yet easy to get to.

 

Trying to make it look nice-ish....
Trying to make it look nice-ish....
come around and it kinda looks a bit worse
come around and it kinda looks a bit worse
That is a huge compost bin!
That is a huge compost bin!

 

I still need to face it and add more slats on the inside so the compost won’t fall out.

 

A full garbage can didn't make a dent!
A full garbage can didn't make a dent!

 

So maybe this weekend I will be finishing this off. Not sure if I will put posts in front and slide the boards down in front of the pallets or maybe put nailers on the face and then some inside and slide the boards inside..

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Rocket heater moved into the garage

Tonight I moved my paint can rocket heater into the garage. I wanted to give it a try in a non-windy space. It set up surprisingly quick once I found the right height spacer to set it on, some weights. It did take two tries to light it, but I tried to light it with very little paper without pre-heating it to get it to draft first.

Fire! I like fire!
Fire! I like fire!

I spent some time fiddling with wrapping it with bits of metal I had laying around trying to get it to shed some heat into the room. It did manage to warm up the garage 20 degrees, so not to bad!

Just trying to get some heavier metal to pull heat off the ducting.
Just trying to get some heavier metal to pull heat off the ducting.

I think it worked well enough to justify getting some proper stove pipe instead of the heat ducting and experiment some more. I would like to figure out how to get it to dump more heat into the room. I’ve an idea about wrapping the exhaust in a bit of ducting and maybe forcing air around the duct, maybe with an internal warm-air chimney. I would also like to bring in a fresh air intake from outside, which should significantly help with the heating properties of the device.

I think I need an IR thermometer to really do a good job tweaking this heater. Oh well. Time to raid the kitchen for the meat thermometer I guess.

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