I have been given a couple 55-gallon plastic drums (one is now a tumble composter) and I plan on turning the other one into a flow through style vermicompost bin (as seen elsewhere on this site). However, I wanted to experiment a little first before tearing into what was a rather hard to find barrel. So I am experimenting with a 5-gallon bucket. Veteran vermicomposters may already be doing this (or perhaps know better not too----we shall see). I just followed the design of the larger bind, which was to cut a compartment out in the bottom and drilled holes just above this to run wire (which is used to hold up the paper/bedding/food). The wire is cable wire---sort of a waste of good wire but the cable guy left over half a box of the stuff and when I called for them to come get it they told me just to throw it away. A few layers of newspaper across the cable, shredded newspaper for bedding (damp, of course), and a layer (1.5 - 2.0 inches) of horse manure. To this I added probably 50 worms or so. Wasn't sure how many to put in such a small system. Here are the pics. Let me know if you see any major flaws I am making.