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Presto Products GKL0951-6 Geobin Composting System (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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- Lightweight rugged plastic bin creates an instant compost system
- Ventilating holes admit air and moisture; retains heat and moisture for faster decomposing
- Adjustable to over 3-feet in diameter holds compost neatly in place
- Creates rich garden soil helps reduce landfill waste
- Fast and easy to assemble
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I found no problem with the stakes , the instructions say to start the stakes 4" below the rim and that leaves planty of staking to keep the bin in place. I'm not sure if the other reviewers had a different version of the geobin or if presto improved the system, but the stakes are not an issue anymore.they penetrate the ground atleast 6"
The bin provides the perfect 3 cubic feet of volume to achieve the optimum pressure on the pile, the ventilation is just right as well.
I have been making alot of active compost over the years.And these bins are by far the fastest and easiest to use from my experience.
For the price of a well known tumbler, that did poorly in the compost system shootout, you could buy several of these and create your own compost factory. The simple keys to quick compost are :
1)Layer the ingredients
2)A good mix of greens and browns
3)Keep the contents moist, not soggy,not dry
4)Keep your compost in the shade(the pile is heated by the breakdown activity, not the sun)
5)Turn the pile as often as possible but no more than every few days(every 2 weeks is a good start)
6)The more variety in the pile, the better the compost
These bins are worth the money, you simply can not beat home made compost.The bags of compost in the big box stores is good for adding organic material to the soil but is most often lifeless, never expect compost that has been sitting in the sun, on a pallet, in a sealed bag to have any chance of adding active life to your soil...it has been cooked sterile before you even buy it.
1)all nuts and bolts must be HAND tightened only; no tools allowed! Pliers and socket sets will strip the threads of the bolts. They are made of nylon, not steel.
2) the instructions tell you to thread the stakes through the slot 4" below the top. Everyone who complains that there is only an inch of stake left to go into the ground threaded them through the top slot. Probably, the manufacturer should eliminate the top and bottom slots so people won't be confused. If it says to start 4" below the top of the bin, don't start 2" below the top. Following the directions leaves you with 6" of stake to drive into the ground: plenty.
3) Recognize your materials: plastic stakes cannot be beaten with a steel hammer. They also cannot penetrate hard-caked ground, roots or stones. I TAPPED my rods in with a rubber hammer, but using a small piece of wood between the hammer and the stake would help if you have no alternative. Also, when you hit and obstruction and the stake refuses to go further, pull it up and move over 2" (not 4") and try again. If you must Dominate the Dirt, pick up 4 sharpened and hardened steel rods and a small sledge hammer. A more time-consuming alternative may be required in some settings: get a pick and dig out 4 holes 6" deep at the correct spots; place the bin and stakes, then fill the holes around the stakes and tamp down. This will not resist a strong blow of the wind for a couple of weeks, but will settle in eventually. Try the tap-and-retry method for most applications.Read more ›
I periodically turn the whole pile by lifting the bin up, off of the pile and setting the bin back down next to it. Then I fork/shovel (depending on how composted everything is getting) the pile into the bin again and what was on top is now on the bottom and vice versa. Very simple.
I am so impressed with the Geobin that I have already ordered two more.
My fancy model is long on good looks but it is high maintenance and will only work with a lot of encouragement.
My second model works better than the fancy one but I had to use it more as a long term composter as it was very slow to compost.
My third is the Geobin. I set it up and it went to work right away. I put a bunch of stuff in and a couple of days later I checked it and the pile had already sank a good foot and a half. I think this is due to the numerous holes the Geobin has to provide air to the compost.
I had the same issue as another reviwer had with the plastic stakes. I will replace mine with longer wooden dowels. When I take into consideration how much the fancy units cost and how little this one costs the stakes become a minor issue in my opinion. Another minor issue I had was attempting to set it up but this is to be expected with these large non-rigid expanding compost bins. The upside of this is that they can compost far more material than the smaller fancy units.
If I have any major issues with this unit I will delete this review and write another. I very much doubt that will happen.
UPDATE: December 2nd 2010
I have all three units working now. I keep adding things and the piles keep sinking like they are supposed to. I am very curious to see if they keep working well through the dead of winter. So far they have but we have had a warmer and dryer fall than usual.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Was easy to set up. When I rake my yard I put the leaves in here instead of 20 bags. I also bought compost plus to accelerate the compost. Read morePublished 1 month ago by JinxVia
LAME PRODUCT--DOESN'T HOLD TOGETHER WELL--WOULD NOT BUY AGAINPublished 1 month ago by Betty M. Waterbeck
Doesn't hold its shape well. Seems like it could fall over, but it hasn't for me.Published 2 months ago by Bob
Product arrived without clips to create the bin. Unusable without them.Published 3 months ago by RMPMDL
Autumn leaves look so pretty as they turn gold, amber and claret red. Then they start drifting down by the zillions, creating endless arguments over who is going to rake them up. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
It's obvious that it will do its job, but I can see great room for creativity with this product as I become a proficient composter as well.Published 4 months ago by Indubstylo
this is working out beautifully. it stays in place, the space is actually larger than anticipated, I was able to set it up with no problem. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Shari
Just what I wanted - except that the posts were lost in shipment. I set it up easily using rebar and it is already doing its job.Published 9 months ago by E. Blasl