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Yimby Tumbler Composter, Color Black
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- Two-chambered tumbling composter
- Recycled plastic bin with steel frame
- Adjustable air vents
- Makes compost in as little as 2 weeks
- 37-gallon capacity
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Dual Chamber Tumbling Composter.
Avoid digging and mixing your compost pile by hand. The tumbling design makes mixing easy and efficient. Just close the door and turn it 5-6 times every 2-3 days. In hot sunny conditions and with a proper balance of ingredients the compost can finish in as little as 2 weeks.
Two Composting Chambers
Two separate sides allow the first side to finish cooking while leaving the second side available to add fresh scraps/clippings. Continuously swapping sides after finishing will create an uninterrupted flow of rich, healthy compost.
The composter body is constructed from BPA free, UV inhibited recycled polypropylene. It is contact safe and will not degrade under direct sunlight. The galvanized steel frame is corrosion resistant.
The composter features adjustable air vents as well as deep fins to break up clumps inside the chamber and mix lots of oxygen into the compost. Tumbling composters allow far greater aeration than standard models.
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This unique tumbling composter features two chambers - fill one side, while the other side cures, making it easy to efficiently convert your kitchen and yard waste into rich soil enhancing compost. Just load it up, close the sliding door and use the convenient built- in hand holds to give it a turn every couple days and see how it produces finished compost in weeks.
Top Customer Reviews
The compost tumbler is doing great! The first side has finished compost and the second side is "cooking", and getting there. I bought a second compost tumbler (I posted pictures of it on FB), and while the second side of the first one is composting, I am adding to the first side of the second one. I'll soon use the finished compost to side-dress my okra in the vegetable garden.
I started the compost about 10 April, and it was ready about 2 months later. Don't believe the hype about compost in 14 days. Two months is a lot quicker than the average compost pile. Of course, I was continually adding to it for about a month, so you could say it took about a month from the time I stopped adding stuff. I would tumble it back and forth and around every few days. It doesn't need tumbling every day. Just be sure to add enough dry brown materials, so your compost doesn't become a soggy, wet, anaerobic mess.
UPDATE, one year later: Both my Yimby tumbling composters made it well through the rough winter, much colder and snowier than usual for this area. In spring I had two wheelbarrow loads of compost, which I put in my vegetable garden before planting tomatoes, beans, and okra. Now it is August 2014, and the garden is doing great, producing a lot of beans, okra, and beautiful, juicy, meaty tomatoes. I just emptied one of the composters so I can start a fresh batch while the other is "cooking". I am pleased with the speed and quality of compost. As I stated earlier, the key is to add dry materials to wet stuff so you don't get a soggy, anaerobic stinky mess. I keep a sealed garbage can full of last fall's dry leaves and a bin full of dry grass clippings to add to the tumblers whenever I throw in a crock full of wet kitchen peelings and coffee grounds.
I've been using this compost tumbler for almost a year now. My family of four eats a mess of fruits and vegetables, and this thing has really lived up to the task. The two chambers hold quite a bit, and it's fairly easy to turn. Of course the dark color help the cooking process too, and the footprint is fairly small. I have just recently gotten to the point where I feel like its time to empty chamber #1 so I can let #2 finish cooking. It's been several months and #1 is a beautiful rich black now, with nothing recognizable left except avocado pits and some egg shells.
A few things to keep in mind: This is a domestic compost, and it will attract pests and it might stink. It will probably ooze black liquid from cracks and vents. Thats all normal. I haven't had any trouble with smell since I started adding more ruffage, but the flies were fairly bad this summer. Remember: No meat, wheat, or citrus, and a handful or leaves or grass clippings per small load.
Assembly is somewhat lengthy, since you start on one side, and work your way around putting seven screws in each section, which is a lot of screws. The first couple panels are a balancing act making everything align.
If you follow the pictures as drawn, it goes together fine. They even threw in a few extra screws and nuts, so I didn't have to run to the hardware store for more (which i've had to do so many times with kits).
Shipping was quite fast.
The good points
-This might be the least expensive (or most correctly priced) tumbling composter out there (why do these things cost so much? They're injection molded plastic.)
-Quality is good. All the parts fit snug without gaps, misaligned holes, or flash/burrs which effect fitments.
-The poles for the base are sturdy
-The plastic is thick enough it should stand up to time in the direct sun
-All you need is a screwdriver and a wrench or pliers (for the nylon lock nuts in the base)
The negative points (or things which make it cost less)
-It would be great if it had a catch pan for compost drippings
-The mounting of the horizontal pole to the base is just one screw through both sections. It would be nice to see it slot into something welded on for more stability
-I think a pole between both long sides of the base, to keep it from spreading with weight, would be a good addition. I may run a tension wire if the base spreads.
I love the double chambers! It makes it easy for when you start seeing good soil to leave it alone and start on the next chamber. I am a woman I only weigh 135. and it take just a little effort depending on how full it is too turn it but really once you get the hang of it it is really easy,,,The only thing is there is no lock on it so you have to make sure it is closed correctly but I have not had any problems with getting rain or moisture in mine.
All around I am happy with this purchase....and would recommend it to anyone who does regular domestic composting!