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Exaco Trading Aerobin 400 Insulated Composter and Self Aeration System

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  • The Aerobin 400 insulated composter is the true revolution in composters
  • Double wall insulated with polystyrine against cold weather
  • Unique patented self aeration lung means no turning needed
  • Heavy duty construction does not blow over or fall apart
  • Aerobin has a base with reservoir to collect its own liquid organic fertilizer
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 29 x 29 x 56 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 50 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • Origin: India
  • Shipping Advisory: This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
  • ASIN: B0036S643A
  • Item model number: Aerobin 400
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,698 in Patio, Lawn & Garden (See Top 100 in Patio, Lawn & Garden)

Product Description

The Aerobin 400 is a true revolution in composters. The first of its kind insulated composter with its own unique patented aeration lung and double bottom to collect compost liquid. Insulated with polytyrine against cold weather and aeration lung means no turning needed. Includes two doors to remove compost. Heavy duty construction ensures composter won't blow over or fall apart.


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Customer Reviews

They no longer "snap" into place.
Pitcom
Anyway, I would not recommend this composter to my gardening and composting friends, because i think it just doesn't work so good.
Primula Auricula
This composter seems well constructed and sturdy and I was impressed with its large capacity.
Laurie A. Moran

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Pitcom on January 17, 2012
I am surprised that there have been no other comments about the construction of the Aerobin. For its hefty price tag, one would expect a well built, sturdy bin, and for the most part it is. However, the problem that I experienced really highlights the inadequate design of this bin. As the bin filled up with material and sat through the hot summer months, the sides began to bulge and now my panels do not line up correctly. They no longer "snap" into place. I have been able to reach temperatures of around 140 degrees inside of the aerobin for an extended period of time, but compared to a traditional compost pile, the aerobin falls short in the time it takes to make compost. I have had mine for nearly 2 years now, and I think it is close to retirement. I would not recommend this product to others.
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32 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Primula Auricula on May 6, 2011
I bought this composter in November 2009. It was easy to assemble and looked very nice. I was really excited about making compost all year round from my kitchen scraps and shredded office paper! The unit was VERY expensive, but it really looked good and the promise of self-aerating bin sounded really good. I followed instructions to the letter, jump-started it with a bunch of good mature compost from my 2-year old outdoor compost pile, also we were always layering "green" kitchen scraps with shredded paper as was recommended in the instructions. We never added anything to the bin that was not supposed to go there, only "green" scraps and shredded paper, never glossy one only regular paper and newsprint, or any meat scraps or food left-overs, only green kitchen scraps.
Anyway, the composting process is painfully slow, in fact I finally tried to get some compost out of the bin 1.5 years later and there is this half-composted dripping wet mess at the bottom, full of not composted sticks and packed full of earth worms. ( I like earth worms, but where is the long-awaited beautiful ready-to-use compost?) Meanwhile, the composter smells really bad, and the stink is actually very strong, I think that there is just not enough air circulation in the bin and without physically mixing the compost it just sits there and rots, just like in a regular garbage bin. Yesterday I saw a roach in it, and it didn't make me happy.
I have my doubts about the "self-venting" system, because it doesn't seem to work very well.
The lid design is not great, IMO. The lid doesn't stay open and you have to take a it off completely every time you put stuff in it and it's pretty large and bulky. They should have designed it so it stays half-open when you use a composter.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By DevonBruces on December 26, 2011
I've had my Aerobin 400 for about two years now, and have had some good compost out of it, although I have to agree with other reviewers that it takes a LONG time to break down twigs from hedge clippings. From now on I will only be using it for softer things like food waste and paper. My bin smells perfectly fine inside, and is home to about a thousand happy little worms (which I'm completely thrilled with, as they do half of the work - ironically I couldn't keep worms alive in a wormery, but in my composter they thrive!), also slugs, ants and all sorts of creepy-crawly wildlife, which all seem to be happily helping turn my veggie waste into compost. Slightly less thrilling are the clouds of little fruit flies that zoom out whenever you take the lid off, but they're only a minor nuisance. I like the fact that it's completely sealed, which is great for a tiny garden where you want to avoid nasty smells and rats.

In my opinion, the tap to drain off the 'tea' is the thing that completely lets this bin down. The installation instructions don't warn you to raise the up: they should, or, better still, it should be designed in such a way that the tap is more than 1cm off the deck, which it is currently. Because the tap is so low, I attached a piece of plastic piping to it, and have been periodically siphoning off the 'tea' to put on the garden. The tap is unbelievably inaccessible (you have to operate it with finger tips in a 3cm square hole) and has got stiffer and stiffer, until this morning I spent over ten minutes trying to open it, failed, and then spent another ten minutes wrestling it shut again. Now I have sore fingers, and achieved only opening it just enough for it to start seeping brown liquid all over my deck, but not enough to siphon any of it out.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By keep trying on September 17, 2011
I installed the aerobin in june. It creates a lot of heat and produces a good amount of compost tea.Too much solids make the side doors hard to open as the pressure builds up. I am concerned about the tap to empty the compost tea as I have used it several times and each time it became harder to turn until finally I am unable to close it. I have not used force as I am afraid to break it.I am also wondering how the drainage pipe and tap would hold up during winter when the compost tea freezes and expands.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By karl sirotkin on April 22, 2011
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Was easy to install, cinder blocks and slight grade useful. Might be worth 5 stars, just do not yet have data on how good "lungs" really work to speed up process.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Donna M. Carter on February 19, 2012
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This items turned out to be an extremely overpriced plastic garbage receptacle.
Assembly was difficult since pieces were not labeled to aid in placing them correctly, if snapped into the wrong slots (sides all looked pretty much alike), they were very difficult to remove. Aerobin customer service was not very helpful providing assistance.

The unit is very tall and trying to dig down to the bottom to turn the waste requires a long handled tool (not provided) and it's very difficult. Often the bottom trap door pops out while you are trying to turn the waste spilling it out the side. After much frustration I purchased a drum type composter on a stand for a fourth of the cost. I just go out and turn the drum with a hand crank and the compost gets stirred. A much more efficient and less costly alternative to the Aerobin.

The ad for the Aerobin states "Unique patented self aeration lung means no turning needed" however when I called customer support they advised that was incorrect that you DID HAVE TO TURN THE COMPOST MANUALLY. Had I known this I would not have purchased this item. Exaco Trading Aerobin 400 Insulated Composter and Self Aeration System
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