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Hot Frog Mobile Dual-Chamber Compost Tumbler
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- Dimensions: 36L x 31W x 28H in.
- Made from UV-resistant recycled plastic with steel frame
- 37-gallon capacity
- Wheels provide easy mobility
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Make your own nutrient-rich dirt with the Hot Frog Mobile Dual-Chamber Compost Tumbler. Strong and durable, this composter has a steel frame and is constructed from UV-resistant, heat-absorbing recycled black plastic. It's made to speed up the composting process with its dual-chamber design, so you'll have no trouble turning your kitchen waste and yard waste into food for your soil. Simply fill up the tumbler, give it a turn every other day with its built-in hand holds, and watch it turn into nourishing compost. Its wheel kit makes it easy for you to move it around the yard for easy access at any time. Able to hold up to 37 gallons, this rodent-proof compost tumbler will change the way you garden. Additional limited-time savings reflected in current price. Dimensions: 36L x 31W x 28H in.. Made from UV-resistant recycled plastic with steel frame. 37-gallon capacity. Wheels provide easy mobility. Adjustable air vents. Dual-chamber design for quick curing. For outdoor use.
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Once finished, the compost tumbler can be moved about. I'd include a recommendation to add some chopped apples and red worms to the leaf mix to give the red wigglers a party. They'll do the rest.
I may revisit this at a later date to see if I have changed my mind about anything.
I'm quite pleased with its ease of tumbling and effectiveness at breaking down materials. There are a couple things worth a mention though.
The feet are unsteady and snap off easily. Once they break, wheels are not far behind. I took this fully loaded tumbler up to my garden to dump out soil from one side. The wheels collapsed during the trip. I removed the broken feet and wheels and just use the stand, which seems to hold up fine.
Its not really noted anywhere, but the tumbler leaks. And that's ok.... for there to be good airflow it has to have holes. Debris doesn't fall out but liquid (rain or from your compost materials) does. I mention it so that you don't put it on a deck or area that might stain. For a short time we put a pan underneath but that was still kinda gross and our dog was too interested so we just put it on the grass and it's fine now.
For a while I got really obsessed about the "right" mix to make my compost heat up. However, after extensive reading, I found out that tumblers this small will never heat up. They just don't have enough mass. But that is ok. The tumbler aerates very well and, while you might not be able to hot compost and thus get usable material in a few weeks it does break down fairly fast. I have already been able to get out a batch of compost. Cut up everything you put in into smallish pieces to keep it efficient. Keeping this tumbler in sunlight helps tremendously as well!
I put all my trimmings from fruits and veg, plus things like leftover oatmeal, crackers, stale bread, old cereal, pasta, coffee grounds, crumbled egg shells, etc. I try not to put too many fats in there. For instance, if I have lightly buttered noodles I would put some in the compost but if I had pasta covered in pesto or veggies fried in butter I would not. I do not put in dairy (excepting the small amounts present in the above foods), meats, bones, or trash. I also put in leaves from all types of plants in my yard (I like to leave them in the sun until they have lost their color and then crumble them in), along with shredded newspaper or cardboard, paper towels (only ones used to dry hands), and wood chips. I do not concern myself about the proper ratio too much, but if it looks too wet from too much kitchen scraps its a sign I need to add more dry "browns" like the paper, cardboard, or leaves. You want the texture to be pretty damp but not dripping wet. This has been easy to maintain in the summer but was a challenge in the spring when had a lot of rain. I have far more kitchen scraps "greens" than I do yard waste "browns" and that made me stressed out but I took some old timers advice about it all working out in the end and that has proven to be true.
I do spin the tumbler every day. Not a giant single spin, but pulling one section at a time so things really move around. The compost does form into balls but a tip I read was to break one open. If it has ingredients that are not broken down its not ready, but if its compost all the way through its done. You can put your compost through wire mesh to break it up but I have used the larger balls as mulch and it works pretty well!
after a couple of months, i may be back to update. it is lightweight. really like the way the indentations are in every panel. great for spinning. give it a try. one person can put it together although may go easier with two.