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Mantis Compact ComposTumbler CT02001 - Engineered to Make Compost Fast - Holds 88 Gallons - Low Cost per Gallon - Easy-to-Load, Easy-to-Empty with No Bending
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- Enclosed composter drum eliminates odors and prevent access to pets and pests
- Air vent at top of compost bin allows free flow of oxygen into drum
- Drainage vents allow excess moisture to escape composter.Drum Materials : Non-toxic powder-coated galvannealed steel, rust-resistant,BPA-free, food grade plastic end caps. Frame : Tubular steel with black powder-coated finish
- Compost tumbler barrel features removable door for easy loading and unloading
- Compost Tumbler is made in USA
- Drum Capacity :12 cu. ft. Holds over 9.5 bushels (88 gallons). Up to three 30-gallon trash bags of material./Drum Height 12″ off the ground
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The Compact ComposTumbler takes your kitchen and yard waste and turns it into rich compost in weeks, instead of months (or even years). This composter was designed for suburban gardeners and homeowners with smaller properties. The barrel holds 22 cubic feet (9.5 bushels, 88 gallons), leaving plenty of room for fruits, vegetable, grass, leaves and any other organic matter you may have. A large door opening and gear driven handle made it easy to use. It has interior fins to help mix the material as it turns. Composter's assembled dimensions are 43" H x 42" W x 33" D and it weighs 60 lbs. empty. Made of rust-resistant galvanized steel for long life. Its sage green color allows it to blend into your property. Comes with a 2 year warranty on all parts
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A note: as an experiment to deter rust I sprayed the interior side of the bin body sections and removable door with two coats of clear silicone sealer and allowed the silicone to thoroughly dry before final assembly. The silicone sealer is still intact after three months and several compost cycles, but I'll have to wait years before I know if the silicone sealer experiment works to delay or deter rust.
WARNING: The door of the composter between the aerator caps can be warped if not careful when closing the door, it happened to me and I had to hammer out the two center warps before I could close the door.
Update 5/27/16 Mantis gave birth to her first load of compost about 30 gallons sifted in wheelbarrow, now it's time she get knocked up again.
FYI Compost Tea Waste:
My old and smaller compost bin has a collection tank for compost tea. When I purchased Mantis there was no collection for compost tea that dripped out and onto the ground. I added two collection plates at each end of the composter and collect the tea that I funnel into a gallon milk jug. The amount you see in the jug is collection from a 24 hour period. Now and then my tomato plants have a party and I serve their favorite drink "compost tea."
4/24/2016 UPDATE: Yesterday loaded composter with green, brown and table waste. Using the recommended 4/1 ratio of green and brown using a 5 gallon bucket as my measuring spoon worked very well. This morning before turning the tumbler I checked the temperature with my compost thermometer reading a "HOT" 140 degrees.
It was easy to put together with two people but wouldn't have been possible to do alone.
It came with great directions for composting and soon we were off on our first batch. I was delighted how easy everything was. Even when my ratios were off a bit, I still got great results.
Turning the composter is very easy and has never caused me great effort, even in winter when everything seems frozen. I am 5'9 and weigh 130.
While I've never got composted anything in the span of two weeks, I have done a batch over a Pennsylvania winter with great success.
I actually purchased a companion bin for compost that finishes before I can use it. I highly recommend doing so!
I've had this for almost a year now. So far it has been quite durable and managed everything I've thrown into it with ease.
The money I've saved this year on purchasing bagged commercial compost material alone basically has paid for the composter.
It also made me realize that the stuff I throw away, I've paid for so I might as well get every bit of use out of it possible.
For the fastest composting, try to give it a nice sunny location.
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Dissssapointed ......this wasn't a cheap purchase...