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Bazil



Joined: 26 Sep 2005
Posts: 181
Location: Near Shrewsbury, Shropshire
PostPosted: Sat Oct 08, 05 7:59 pm    Post subject: Heres my Beehive Composter I made today.  Reply with quote    

I made one of those beehive composters today, its a test run to perfect things, made it 3 foot by 3 foot so it is about a metre cubed.

If you read my other thread you will know that I am going to make it into a wormery aswell, need some more materials first.

ross



Joined: 07 Mar 2005
Posts: 123

PostPosted: Sat Oct 08, 05 8:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

great work, was that pallet wood you used?

Bazil



Joined: 26 Sep 2005
Posts: 181
Location: Near Shrewsbury, Shropshire
PostPosted: Sat Oct 08, 05 8:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

nope, didn't really do any downsizing on this one.

6"x1" sawn treated timber for the sides
2"x2" PSE for holding each individual sections sides on
and 6" feather edge boarding on the roof.

Oh, screws, a couple of hinges and then plenty of potential compost!

ross



Joined: 07 Mar 2005
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 08, 05 8:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

perfectly understandable that you didn't use pallets...I always try and employ them in making stuff but spend hours trying to dismantle without splitting them! I usually use a crowbar to prise apart but wondered whether it might be easier to punch the nails through instead.
that is a great looking beehive -you might get a swarm moving in!

culpepper



Joined: 16 Dec 2004
Posts: 638
Location: Kent
PostPosted: Sat Oct 08, 05 8:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Wow! Thats lovely.

Lozzie



Joined: 25 May 2005
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 09, 05 8:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Bazil that is superb!

Are you taking orders??

ross



Joined: 07 Mar 2005
Posts: 123

PostPosted: Sun Oct 09, 05 9:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Bazil,
Did you make your own plans for that? It would be great if you could share them.

Bazil



Joined: 26 Sep 2005
Posts: 181
Location: Near Shrewsbury, Shropshire
PostPosted: Sun Oct 09, 05 10:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Both of the above

I am hoping to make some to sell along with a few other garden items, all bespoke joinery.

I should hopefully have a website up soon.

I will sort out some plans to post later along with a quantity list, should be pretty useful as the above size composter would be about 150 worth at places like Wiggly Wigglers

I shall also tally up the cost to build minus my salary.

Treacodactyl
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Joined: 28 Oct 2004
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 09, 05 11:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Don't forget you can advertise on here for free, either on the forum or on the main site here: http://www.downsizer.net/Products%10Services/

Gertie



Joined: 08 Jan 2005
Posts: 1638
Location: Yorkshire
PostPosted: Sun Oct 09, 05 11:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

What a lovely looking composter.

As Treacodactyl says, get it advertised on the traders section of downsizer, Bazil.

Bazil



Joined: 26 Sep 2005
Posts: 181
Location: Near Shrewsbury, Shropshire
PostPosted: Sun Oct 09, 05 11:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Im on it!

Its going to be mine and Tara's side project.

Garden benchs, Composters, Wormerys, Chicken Arks, Requests.....

Going to sort out a website etc and then I'll get it up on downsizer.

Going to offer free local delivery because I think they would sell well round here ( rich and gardeners!!!), so if your in Shropshire then might deliver free to you! or if we are holdiaying in your area of the country.......

Hoping to have a big emphasis on Green and renewable so will be converting my van over to Green Diesel soon and will make some items out of old pallets, old screws, slavaged hinges etc.

I'll keep you posted!!!

Bazil



Joined: 26 Sep 2005
Posts: 181
Location: Near Shrewsbury, Shropshire
PostPosted: Tue Oct 11, 05 10:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Just being looking how much people charge for the beehive composters.....

Medium:
600mm X 600mm X 900mm is around 120 - 140

900mm X 900mm X 900mm (Similar to pictured) 199!!!!

I'll have the webpage up soon with pictures and prices.

Treacodactyl
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Joined: 28 Oct 2004
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 31, 05 1:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Looking in the latest Harrods Horticultural catalogue a 66cm x 66cm x 91cm high beehive composter made from 1inch thick high pressure treated Scots Pine timber is 155.

ele



Joined: 05 Sep 2005
Posts: 814
Location: Derby
PostPosted: Mon Oct 31, 05 1:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Treacodactyl wrote:
Looking in the latest Harrods Horticultural catalogue a 66cm x 66cm x 91cm high beehive composter made from 1inch thick high pressure treated Scots Pine timber is 155.


blimey and should composters be made of pressure treated timber, won't the horrifically dodgy chemicals get into the compost, and then people might grow vegetables in the compost? or am I being chemically paranoid?

ross



Joined: 07 Mar 2005
Posts: 123

PostPosted: Mon Oct 31, 05 1:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Views differ about how bad pressure treated timber is. If you google, you'll find reports of how arsenic has been found on the hands of children who played on playground equipment that was pressure treated.
However, I have it on good authority that an EU directive came in many years ago that banned arsenic from pressure treated wood in these here parts. Still not sure whether it's safe or not though! I think most people do use pressure treated timber, because it's not going to last more than a few years if you don't.

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