Can I build the composter with a Roof?

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Author: Anonymous
Thursday, November 20, 2003 - 7:03 pm
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I see your design has a roof over the cover
materials but not over the Humanure bins,i wonder
if one would save more Fertilizer Value if a roof
were over the Humanure too,and this would prevent
possible nutrient runoff into creeks or other
bodies of water,etc..is it recommended that the
humanure be exposed to precipitation in order to
weather more thoroughly or is it just a personal
preference on the part of the designer?could i
build one with a roof over it?,,and just add the
rainwater from the bucket cleaning and urine

Author: Joe Jenkins
Thursday, November 20, 2003 - 9:54 pm
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You could build one with a roof over it, but I find that the rain water improves the compost. We get about 36" a year here in western PA, and if we have a dry spell, the compost seems to slow down. The rain helps it. There isn't any apparent nutrient runoff. Compost absorbs water like a sponge.

Author: Anonymous
Friday, November 21, 2003 - 4:45 pm
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Thanks Joe,we get about the same amount of rain
but all of it comes down in 2-3 months,so i don't
know,i guess i'll try both ways and see how it
works...thanks again..

Author: Anonymous
Wednesday, September 14, 2005 - 1:09 am
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I think a roof is a good idea as long as you have a rain collection system for it and you could use that right there in your compost. I think creating a rainwater resevoir would be almost a nececity if you only get 2-3 months of rain.

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