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Adding more sump tanks - question!

Started by Blake Allen. Last reply by Yaacov Levi Jun 27, 2017. 14 Replies

Hello,I have the following IBC Tote setup (covered in another thread here) and I need to add another sump tank for additional water…Continue

Got my IBC system up, having a plumbing problem...

Started by Blake Allen. Last reply by Blake Allen Jun 25, 2016. 18 Replies

Hello! Ive just got my new system up and running and your seeing my plumping in the middle of a rework. Before I cut to many pipes and give myself a bigger headache I thought I'd ask the community to…Continue

Storing Fish Water

Started by Jeff S. Last reply by Jeff S Jun 13, 2016. 3 Replies

I'm planning to drain and clean my IBC fish tank but due to the amount of rain we've had I don't want to put it on my gardens right now. Is there any reason I shouldn't put in in my rain storage tank…Continue

How flexible are IBM Totes?

Started by Craig Shevlin. Last reply by Jeff S Jan 2, 2016. 7 Replies

I need to bring 3 totes into basement.I will be cutting off the top 1 foot.How flexible are the totes to fold back to get through a 3' door way?Would rather not take door jams apart.CraigContinue

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Comment by Jim Fisk on April 24, 2016 at 3:50pm

A few turns about every other day. Like I said it could use a hand crank rather than the fancy gearhead motor and trip switches I used.

Comment by Jeff S on April 24, 2016 at 2:15pm

Fascinating. Do you add the bacteria? Can you just run it on an as needed basis or does it need to run continuously?

Comment by Jim Fisk on April 22, 2016 at 1:10pm

No worms involved, lol. Just trillions and trillions of thermophile bacteria. That's why it hits 170- 180F. No seeds or anaerobes survive. It is very similar to making yogurt in that the only bacteria left are the good guys. Cold compost is full of weed seeds, bugs, veggie seeds, etc. and can be a real PITA. It does require grinding and inoculating with either the unavoidable balls that are screened out or starter bacteria to start off although the grinding is the real trick as it increases surface area for the bacteria to attack and thrive on and explode in numbers literally overnight.

Comment by Jeff S on April 22, 2016 at 12:03pm

Which is why I have 4 bins.

Comment by Jeff S on April 22, 2016 at 12:03pm

It's just amazing to me that you can make complete compost in 2 weeks. Even with turning and lots of worms it takes me a year.

Comment by Jim Fisk on April 22, 2016 at 11:57am

Don't even have the new one built yet. That pic is from when we lived on Cape Cod. The next one will be PVC 55g drums as steel won't last more than a couple of years. It is on my To DO list and my wife claims it was the best compost she ever used so she is very behind getting another built (which never hurts, lol). Prisons have been a big fan of the plans all these years strangely enough. You only rotate it a couple turns about every other day so the gearhead motor could easily be replaced with a hand crank.

Comment by Jeff S on April 22, 2016 at 11:48am

I would assume it would also help heat your greenhouse. Might have to make my GH bigger just to have one lol. Is it operational now?

Comment by Jim Fisk on April 22, 2016 at 11:30am

Comment by Jim Fisk on April 22, 2016 at 11:30am

My composter is ground garbage, leaves, etc going in one end and screened compost coming out the other end. It takes 2 weeks from raw input to beautiful black sweet smelling finished compost comes out the other end. It reaches a good 170F during that time and it is a continuous producer as opposed to a batch system. Here's an old pic:

Comment by Jeff S on April 21, 2016 at 8:48pm

Looks like a lot of compost. I have compost in 4 IBC frames. I planted some potatoes in one a few weeks ago and they're coming up just fine. Not sure how I'll use all the compost.


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