Exaco ECO-88 90-Gallon Wooden Composter
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- Experts agree that home composting is one of the the best ways to divert bio wastes from landfills
- Heat treated wood is more attractive than plastic and lasts longer
- Easy to assemble with heavy wood lid that stays in place
- No bottom for earthworm access means better compost
- Composter measures 26.25 inches L x 26.25 inches W x 30 inches H
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Experts agree that home composting of organic kitchen and garden waste represents the lowest financial and environmental cost method of diverting bio wastes from landfill. This attractive wooden composter looks much better and lasts longer than a standard plastic composter . Tucked away in the garden, the sun's heat is absorbed, which is necessary for efficient composting. Air slots ensure enough ventilation to optimize the composting process. The ECO-88 is made from FSC Certified Canadian Spruce that has been chemically heat treated. This thermo/chemical process which is used to torrify the wood lengthens the life of the composter and makes the wood termite resistant. The wooden lid is heavier than plastic lids which helps to keep animals out and prevents the lid from being blown open or away. Easy to assemble; just four side walls bolted to each other with 2 bolts and wing nuts, no tools required. No bottom allows for easy access for earthworms, which are the best for making compost. With the ECO Composter, recycling does indeed start in your own garden!
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I was hesitant to buy this composter after reading the reviews here and on some home improvement websites. However, I was still compelled to buy the composter because it was one of the few not made of plastic and the wood is heat treated rather than having chemicals added like some other woods. Maybe this isn't important if you are using the composter solely to reduce waste but we want to use the compost for our vegetable garden without worrying about nasty chemicals leaching in from the composter. We also wanted it be attractive and enclosed, which eliminated simpler ideas such as a chicken wire composter. We probably could have built something similar to this model out of store-bought wood, but since our city offers us rebates for composters (but not for home made ones), this was actually cheaper for us to buy than making one ourselves.
This was very easy to assemble, I think my husband put it together in less than 15 minutes. It helps that the wood is relatively light so one person assembly is easy. I don't think it required any special tools either. I noticed the other review said that they had problems putting it together because the wood was warped-the wood on our composter does not have this problem.
We already filled the composter and have no problems so far. The slits in the sides are about 1" wide which does lead to some leaves and smaller particles falling through but I don't consider this a problem. I would prefer if the lid had a hinge for opening, because as assembled I have to remove the lid completely to add new compost. But this isn't a huge deal, just an inconvenience.
I noticed the other review was disappointed that the color was not as shown in the picture. The first picture in the product page does show the composter looking almost a cedar color, this is not the case. However, it's not grey either. If you look at the additional pictures that show the composter outside against a wooden fence this gives you a better idea of the color. And notice how the fence looks grey but the composter doesn't.
The composter that was sent to us had good quality wood. The one complaint I have is that assembled the wood pieces feel loosely put together, like you could push the composter over when empty and it would fold. So far this isn't a big deal and is probably a tradeoff between the easy assembly that doesn't require screwing the pieces together. I also noticed some reviews mentioned problems with the wood warping in the rain. So far ours hasn't warped but I will update the review if it happens. According to the information from Exaco, torrification should protect against weathering.
That aside, it's a good size and I prefer the large two piece lid over the little flaps other bins tend to have. The compost is a bit difficult to turn as it's hard to get good leverage in there with a shovel. A side entry would help with getting the compost out of there. All in all, I'd only recommend this bin if you have your own power tools to assemble it and prefer aesthetics over functionality.