Common Problems with a Wooden Compost Bin Common Problems with a Wooden Compost Bin

You can use a wooden compost bin to create a nutrient-rich compost that you can use for fertilizer. However, if you use a wooden compost bin instead of some other type of material, you could be in for some problems down the line. Read on to learn about a few of the unique problems that are associated with using a wooden compost bin.


Wood sitting outdoors for long periods of time will attract termites, and a compost bin is no exception. The termites will infest and potentially destroy the entire thing. They can eat through the outside of the bin, which will compromise the integrity of the structure. When this happens, the entire bin could break into pieces which would spill compost out into your yard. If you are going to use a wooden bin, occasionally have its prayed for termites to protect it against infestation.

Wood Rot

Another big potential problem that you may have to worry about is wood rot. A wood structure left outside will be subject to a great deal of moisture, both from rain and from the compost inside.  Anytime the moisture gets on wood, there is a chance that it could start to rot. After a certain amount time, the decaying wood could start to crack and split. In this case, you will have to replace boards or potentially replace the entire compost bin.


When wood that is constantly getting wet, there is a good chance that mold will develop. While it will not necessarily be visible on the surface because of the sunlight, it can form down inside the bin. Mold requires darkness and moisture—both of which are inside your compost bin. If you suffer from allergies, mold spores could wreak havoc on them. If your compost bin is near the house, mold can also spread onto your house or other structures.


Another one of the common issues that is associated with using a wooden compost bin is durability. The wood that is often used for this type of project is not durable enough to withstand harsh weather and other conditions that it might be exposed to outdoors. Because of this, many people opt to go with a plastic compost bin or use some other type of material that can stand up to a great deal of wear and tear.

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