Exaco Trading EARTH Earthmaker 120-Gallon Three Stage Aerobic Composter
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- Backyard composter with continuous cycling, 120-gallon capacity
- Gravity-fed triple-chamber separates, aerates material for faster composting
- Panel in chamber floor slides out once a month to let material drop
- Produces up to 10 gallons per month with fewer greenhouse gasses
- Includes composting tool, instructions; measures 47 by 30 inches (height by diameter)
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The Earthmaker Aerobic Composter is the world's first continuous cycle compost bin with three chambers for faster results.Simply load the organic waste into the large top opening. The secure swiveling door keeps animals out. The interior triple chamber configuration provides faster results than traditional bins and keeps fresh waste and mature compost separate. This unit will make twice as much compost as traditional bins over the same time period. Aerobic action reduces flies and greenhouse gases. The Earthmaker is easy to assemble, no tools needed. Also easy to use and empty. Composting tool, user guide and assembly instructions included.
Composting just got easier, faster and less odorous.The world's first continuous-cycle compost bin, the Earthmaker aerobic composter processes kitchen waste, grass clippings and more-twice as fast as traditional bins. Rather than having to rotate or stir material once a day, the Earthmaker requires easy, 10-second maintenance just once a month, producing up to 10 gallons of compost in just 4 weeks. The Earthmaker easily keeps up with kitchen scraps and grass clippings, adding vital nutrients to garden soil for healthier plants while reducing household landfill waste by 20 percent.
Best of all, the gravity fed design also means no more rotating or stirring messy compost every day. All you have to do is pull out the unit's chamber floor panel, just once a month, to let material drop into the next chamber. No more resetting the compost clock every time you mix fresh matter with half-finished compost, the Earthmaker's ingenious gravity-fed, triple-chamber design keeps fresh waste and mature compost separate, letting it tumble down and aerating it as it falls, so you can add fresh kitchen waste and remove mature compost any time.
The Earthmaker's super-efficient design keeps nearly-finished compost always on the bottom, sending warm gasses upward to hasten decomposition. Faster decomposition means fewer flies and mosquitoes as well as less smell and fewer greenhouse gasses for a healthier planet.
Depending on the season and climate, it takes just 3 months before mature compost can be removed from the Earthmaker. After the first batch is ready, the Earthmaker provides up to 10 gallons (35 liters) of excellent compost every month. The unit holds up to 123 gallons (16.5 cubic feet) of material, and measures 47 by 30 inches (height by diameter). The purchase includes a composting tool, user guide and instructions for quick, snap-together assembly without tools.
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-It's big. It doesn't look it in the picture, but it really is a good sized contraption. We cannot come remotely close to filling it up. Perhaps we have little waste as a family, but really, I cannot fill this thing up. Of course, we only have one leafy tree in our yard, so that may play a part.
-It's contained. Our dogs run and play around it, but have not seemed to care that it is there, so the odor must not be too tempting. (We put ours on top of nine 12" patio blocks.)
-It's Easy. If I forget to mix it one week, it's still fine. I also don't have to break my back to try and turn over a compost pile. I have back problems and that is a huge plus for me.
-It's pretty easy to Assemble.
It took about 2 months for it to really start composting, but now that it's started, it works great. My guess is it had to build up all the bacteria and such that breaks down the matter.
The only problem that I've really seen so far is that the first one we ordered had several broken pieces on it. We sent it back with no problems through amazon and the second one we got was fine.
All in all, I am very satisfied with this product and feel it was definitely worth the price.
I really like this composter because it is fairly easy to use except I am really short and the unit is very tall. I have a difficult time mixing. But adding and moving the stuff is simple. The front door that covers the bottom section doesn't close tightly but that has not had a negative effect for us and we have not had any odor and pest issues. I also really like the ability to continuously add material to the top while older material is cooking in the middle.
I discovered that twigs and branches don't decompose that fast and neither do egg shells and cardboard. I can still identify them in the compost matter. I am a lazy composter though so maybe that's why it took a year to make compost. I didn't chop up any of the kitchen scraps or the newspaper or anything else. One time I threw in a whole head of lettuce. In the summertime it was so hot at times that my pile looked dry. So instead of watering the pile directly with a hose, I would wait til it rained to sweep up the backyard so I could add sopping wet leaves to the pile.
Happy composting everyone!
ps There are a lot of little bugs. And at times I was a wee bit frightened when I opened the lid or took out the shelf to find lots of little insects scampering about.
To start off the instructions are poorly written. I'm on the mechanically inclined side and it took me a couple of minutes of staring at the parts to envision how they fit together. It isnt quite clear what piece is the front---and it kept mentioning a back but the three remaining panels look exactly the same. I only realized I had it upside down to start with because the sticker telling you not to put it in the sun was legible. The first two panels fit together easily, but the third one wouldnt connect fully. The panels fit together sort of like door hinges. But instead of the hinges being fully closed loops that a pin fits through these are C shaped. And instead of a pin sliding down it is a stake with a lip on the back of it. The lip easily pulls out of the C shaped connectors with a simple tug.
The molded plastic has had no finishing. The edges are sharp and uneven. This made attaching the first shelf almost impossible because the connectors refused to snap into place. Some were slightly misaligned and others were just too short. and I found that no amount of tinkering would get the connectors to engage and thus the shelf wouldn't stay in place.
The second shelf on mine was complete broken. It was at the point of discovering this that I gave up and processed the return.
I'm really bummed. This got great reviews on other sites, and like I said, if it had been $50 it would have been worth the tinkering, but I can't justify $179 for something that just isnt worth the price.
It might be worthwhile to add some stainless steel screws to the sides of the "waists" to keep the partitions from dislodging.