Good Ideas CWET-BLK Compost Wizard EnviroTumbler, Black
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- 6.5 ft compost tumbler
- 2-piece design
- 100% recycled plastic
- Fully assembled
- 4 gal. base harvests compost tea
- Resistant To Fading: Made Of Durable 100 Percent Recycled Polyethylene Plastic - BPA Free
- Holds Up To 6.5 Cubic Feet Of Compost
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Good Ideas CWET-BLK Compost Wizard EnviroTumbler, Black makes composting easy and fun. Its revolutionary, compact design, saves space and waste. This compost tumbler comes in two pieces. No assembly is required: you'll be ready to compost in less than a minute. The dark plastic absorbs the suns heat, allowing your kitchen scraps, yard waste and other organic matter to quickly break down into fresh compost (hummus). Not only do you get to enjoy fresh earthy compost, you can also harvest the excess compost tea from the batch. As you turn the drum, any excess liquid automatically drains out into the base. You can then drain the stored tea directly onto plant roots. Compost tea is some of the best, most nutrient packed natural fertilizer you can get. With the low profile of this unit, you can rest assured that your composter won't tip over easily in the wind. You can also remove the drum from the base to quickly roll your batch to any desired location around the lawn. You can then use your compost like mulch in your gardens or spread it on your lawn. The moisture and nutrients will gradually seep into the ground. Ask any gardener and they'll tell you that compost and fresh rain water give some of the best, heartiest plants out there.
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Basically, the CompostCycle is Good Ideas' version of the Envirocycle tumbling composter, which originally invented this style with the compost tea collector in the base.
The CompostCycle is about $70 less than the Envirocycle at $200 (on Amazon), so I eventually decided to go with the CompostCycle.
First off, it definitely seems like the product I received was previously used, as it is all scratched to hell and looks like it was returned once before.
The delivery box was actually breaking open on the bottom when it came to my house, and the packaging was really not done too well, probably the packaging job done by the first customer that returned it.
Honestly, it's a little disappointing that it is used a bit and scuffed up, but I'm just going to stick it in my yard and put dirt in it, so what the hell, I'll take it.
However, a second issue is with the spigot that came with it. It's a nice solid metal spigot that seems like it would work great, if I could only make it fit in the hole in the base.
The hole in the base comes with a plug in it, and you're supposed to remove the plug and screw in the spigot with some plumbers tape to seal it off.
However, the size of the spigot is too big for the hole in the base, and there is no way I could screw it in there without enlarging the hole some more or causing some sort of damage in the process otherwise.
In addition, the plastic around the hole is a little too thin for me to think it would support the spigot once screwed in either way, as you would need something like at least a half inch thick to screw into to provide a good seal and proper support.
I'm sure I'll be able to hook something up to make it work and drain the tea, but very poor designing and execution on their part there.
The tumbler and base themselves do seem to be made of sturdy enough plastic, and the tumbler spins very easily on the base, so the basic design does its job pretty well.
Also, I do like the lid design, as it's easy enough to screw off and on, and it is firm and secure when in place.
The lid hole is also large enough for a regular size shovel head, so you can load and unload without too much trouble.
There's a handle on the tumbler and base that make them easy to carry, and there are nice groves to make spinning it easy.
So it did have some issues, but overall, the basic design and function works well, and I didn't want to go through the hassle of returning it.
Plus, I'm not sure if the higher price of the Envirocycle model would be worth it, even to have a better designed spigot and draining system.
I don't have an Envirocycle to compare this too, so that's the predicament I'm in, I'll stick with this one for now.
Updated May 22, 2013:
I wanted to provide an update, because I actually purchased a second one of these, and the spigot problem that I experienced with my first one was fixed in the second one.
The spigot fit fine, and the hole where the spigot goes was thicker, so it easily screwed in and is strong and stable.
For this reason, I'm updating my rating from 3 stars to 4 stars, because I'm going to assume I just had an issue with the one I purchased, and whatever the problem was, it has been fixed.
I've had these over the winter now, and they held up well in freezing temperatures.
The only issue I had over the winter is that I was trying to mix it with a shovel at one point, and I cracked a little bit of the inner threads of the main whole, because it was just so cold.
It didn't affect the ability to screw on the cap tightly though, so I would just say to be careful if you open it and plan on shoveling out any compost over the winter months.
Otherwise, these have really worked out well for me.
The screw on lid keeps things rodent free- I mean yes, if you don't thread it right it doesn't go on but it's minimal effort to thread a screw on lid correctly. If you can't manage that, maybe don't compost... or like, open jars or exist in the adult world. Not hard.
Because you need to fill it 2/3 of the way, and about a third of that is your food waste (other 2/3 are leaves, and brown waste) it fills easily. Then you just leave it- so right now Im tossing a lot of food waste again. That's not the product's fault, I'm just warning you. Maybe get 2? I might.
1. It is poorly constructed and the lid seperates from the tumbler when you spin it, especially when it becomes full.
2. There are no side handles to spin it. There are also holes all along the areas where there are handles, so when you spin it, compost juice drains out and gets all over your hands. It is disgusting.
3. It is so hard to turn it after it starts getting more compost in it, especially if there is pretty moist.
4. The reservoir is hard to drain and seems to be more hassle than it is worth it.
5. The bin like to jump off the tracks a lot while you are turning it, thus creating more hassle to turn it.