Thanks for the links Kian! I started reading, but will go back in tonight and read more. I'm interested in the full list of things that can be added.
Margie, thats so interesting about Star Trek using that in an episode! That would make sense to have one side for added items and the other side for cooking.
I did some research last night too. I studied more on the line of comments from people who have been composting for years, learning their trial and errors and what worked for them the best.
I'll just add a few things that I read and not go into the detail since Kian found such a good link to reference.
The difference between a tumbler for composting and a compost pile is: A tumbler uses heat and bacteria, and a compost pile employs worms, slugs and insects (along with heat).
One person suggested for a compost pile to put a large piece of landscape fabric over the pile. It still lets it breathe, but the black helps to "cook" it. Several people after that person said they tried it and it worked, you just need to make sure its secured.
The balance between the "greens" and the "browns" in a compost pile should be - green 60% and brown 40%.
You can make a "brown" by spreading out grass clippings in the sun for a few days. (I liked this tip!)
Several people did post they did not have any luck with their bins turning everything into actual compost. They added some worms to the bin and it turned!
A biggie for both types was worms, worms worms!! I had already figured that one, I know worms are great for the flower beds and gardens so that just makes sense! I always get very excited when I see lots of worms in my gardens
Oh, I almost forgot. I kept reading over and over, to turn the compost often. Just how often is often????? Well finally someone said they turn theirs every 2 - 3 weeks. Also the internal temp should get to about 140 degrees to really "cook" it into compost.