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654 of the 731 reviews are 4-stars or 5-stars
224 of the 264 reviews are 4-stars or 5-stars
First off, what you need to consider about stacking-bin systems is that by the time you fill up the top tray, there is a LOT of weight on the bottom tray. That's no good for the bottom tray or anything except the top tray, because the compaction wrecks any chance you have of oxygenation in any tray but the top one, maybe the one underneath. The quick and easy solution to that is a spacer in all four corners, maybe two or three inches long. I use PVC because I don't care about plastics leaching out, I've got enough to worry about in my life. If you're worried, you can use
The vendor replied to my review in a very courteous and professional manner, the vendor also graciously offered to ship (at no cost) the M Board if I was missing one.
I did have the M board and did not needed it. Nevertheless, I find his gesture extremely gracious and for that reason, I added an extra star.
Based on his comment, I added a note about the window screen as seen in a picture below.
Addendum May 2018:
If you wonder "how your worm works", there is a *fantastic* 5 min video from PBS Digital Studio. I strongly encourage you to watch it,
Just Google "how-worms-turn-trash-into-nutrient-rich-compost" and you'll end up on Youtube or on the Washington Post. Same video. (watch it twice ; -)
* * * Original Review * * *
I had the Vermihut for about a month and I am slowly transferring the worms to the Vermihut
196 of the 230 reviews are 4-stars or 5-stars
198 of the 223 reviews are 4-stars or 5-stars
Plus, I always support buying from a company that makes their products sustainably.
To get a sense of how big it is, the attached picture shows one pineapple minus the husk leafs and top.
431 of the 496 reviews are 4-stars or 5-stars
transaction. My first 2000 went into the garden beds. The neighbors tell me they are discovering worms everywhere. I ask for
them back. They just smile. The second went into the worm farm. That's self sustaining after three years. The third, this review,
was entirely my fault. I ordered these while the temperature between PA and WA was completely below freezing the entire route.
Not surprising, they arrived as frozen mush. Uncle Jim's promptly sent me a new batch, again, partially frozen in route. Uncle
Jim's happily reimbursed me and I agreed to order when the temperature was a bit more worm friendly. I ordered the 5000
worm version in March and put handfuls, of aggressive wiggling worms into the aquaponics grow beds.
As a note, many of the worms are intentionally
Update: After sending an email through Amazon to the seller, I received a response from Bethany at Uncle Jim's. She notified me she would ship a replacement right away. That was Monday, and I received the replacement today. I could tell by the weight of the package something was different. The bag inside was much fuller, and when I emptied the contents, their was a baseball sized mass of wriggling, healthy red worms, not a few small, thin, black worms crawling out of the dried peat moss like with the first
330 of the 397 reviews are 4-stars or 5-stars
187 of the 208 reviews are 4-stars or 5-stars
They hold up well and the best testimonial is I'm purchasing them again.
I use them for lawn clipping and debris around the house. Placing small, broken sticks will poke a hole in them, as with any bag regardless of the 'tough' claims and these are no different. I've tried every super-duper tough bag, and poked holes in all of them. These hold up quiet well even with a lot of weight and are well made and strong.
I've loaded them with wet grass, waited for several days for trash day, you can still pick them up and haul them to the street without breaking.
I also like the drawstring is strong enough to hold the bag while you tie it.
I see most people just pull the drawstrings out and tie the two ends, which is fine, but the top
687 of the 907 reviews are 4-stars or 5-stars
PLASTIC CLIPS - Yes, the plastic clips are useful! If you choose to use a bag in your composter (we still use the BioBags) then the clips keep the bag in place, so it won't fall into the bucket as you fill it up. Open the lid. Place the bag in the bucket and have the top
We used a plastic store bag as a liner. 1-week later....
I am sold. Absolutely no smell whatsoever. We empty it much less often than the smaller OXO bins. It's the perfect size for the counter top. The carbon filter really works. Zero odor. I was concerned about the non-removable lid, which might complicate cleaning, so instead of throwing veggies directly into the bin, we use a liner.
721 of the 849 reviews are 4-stars or 5-stars
I have had this thing for 6 months now. I purchased 500 worms right after receiving. Half the worms died within a couple of days. Thinking the cold weather and slightly delayed shipping killed them. Uncle Jim stated his company guaranteed quick shipment and live. When I contacted they just blew me off with excuses.
The remaining worms slowly multiplied. I should have purchased local and started with 1000 worms.
I have been feeding regularly with slightly aged veggie scraps and some newspaper. I added my second bin 2 months ago. I still have worms in the bottom bin seemingly cleaning up every last morsel of "food".
As for smell? Nothing noticeable unless I removed the lid and take a big breath. Slight issue with some type of tiny fruit like flies. A yellow sticky trap nearby keeps them in check. Only a couple worms seemed to venture out in 6 months.
237 of the 280 reviews are 4-stars or 5-stars
So far, I'm filling and spinning my compost bin every other day or so. It's starting to fill up a bit, after about 3 weeks of use. Instructions on composting were pretty clear, but I did a little investigation on my own, too. Hoping this works because it's pretty easy and you'd be surprised how much veggie waste one family creates that isn't going into the landfill because of this compost bin.
UPDATE: Photos are from my first batch of compost in fall 2018. Worked great and garden is just now coming back to life for spring 2019!
549 of the 699 reviews are 4-stars or 5-stars
Here is what I have to say:
If you are having problems using this, I think maybe you have problems using most things. It's a pretty straightforward product. Flatten it out the same way you have flattened out every tightly-rolled thing you've ever encountered in your life, put it somewhere where the wind won't knock it over, and fill it up with leaves or whatever. If the wind knocks it over, yet again, solve the problem the same way you have solved that problem every other time something has fallen over in your yard. Use zip ties or whatever, your call. If it seems like it needs some extra shaping, put a couple sticks inside, one end on each wall, and stretch it open for a couple days. (I did it for five minutes and just filled the
206 of the 274 reviews are 4-stars or 5-stars
I did not want to use plastic trash bags to contain the loose paper, so I gave these a try. It's worked very well. The bags are strong, huge, recyclable, and best of all they stand up by themselves when popped open. That last part is my favorite feature, I stand it up in the garage and gradually fill it with papers until I feel that it's full enough to fold over and plop into our recycle bin.
137 of the 165 reviews are 4-stars or 5-stars
Impressions: It works and I had no problem with flying paper ash even though it was a windy day. You will have to periodically lift the lid and stir the paper to get it to all burn... that's why you don't want to put too high a pile of paper inside it... your ashes might blow outside if there isn't enough
2,019 of the 2,535 reviews are 4-stars or 5-stars
It's an incredibly solid machine and very clever. The assembly is time consuming but IF you were to pay for it to come in one piece it would cost a fortune.
WARNING: You shouldn't have kids around while you put it together. ..nasty words will fly out of your mouth.
1●●Be certain you make sure the vents face up when you start.
2●●The FIRST PANEL goes into place to the right of that first space and then continue one at a tine.
3●●● Most important AND frustrating, make sure the center separator fits in the panel grooves or you will have to start over.
4●●The two long screws are for the shafts to secure to the legs.
It is a great machine !!
Learned a lot from
I live in Chicago, so if you're in the city, it's great. Allows you to compost and won't attract wildlife (for us, rats).
Holds a fair amount of compost, two apts could probably share pending overall waste.
Dual bin design is key.
You need to combine it with a dry source. Leaves or mulch is ideal. We don't have a lot of leaves in our yard so we're mindful to add paper products as well: used paper towels (w/o chemicals), tissues, paper bags etc.
Without a dry source you're going to get mushy compost, and so be it. I bought a pair of to-the-shoulder rubber gloves and scoop it into a bustub when it's complete.
Also, remember it will drip & smell a little until it's ready, so it needs to be tucked away somewhere. Best on the ground instead of cement.
The Not So Good:
The sliding door
222 of the 281 reviews are 4-stars or 5-stars
1) Much smaller than anticipated. None of the pics have any perspective to prepare you for how small it is. You can't get a normal shovel through the opening (without turning it sideways, limiting your load) to remove the mulch. I would think, at a minimum, the width of the opening should be (slightly bigger than) the width of a standard shovel.
2) Locking mechanism works as long as there is no payload inside. Once you put something in, the locking mechanism won't hold.
3) Internal paddles are supposed to help mix the contents, but when trying to get mulch out, it's stuck between the paddles... again, hindering mulch removal.
4) Doors can't hold weight of the load... see photo: turn, door blows out, compost dumps. Great mess to clean-up.
I followed the video for every step. Assembling the bins was simple. However, in the video it shows the legs slipping easily into the round sections that hold the center post - mine was such a tight fit that it took an insane amount of effort to get the screw hole to line up. Perhaps mine was machined poorly but the leg pieces most assuredly do NOT slide easily into these two pieces. and I had to struggle to get four legs into them.The bottom leg cap pieces were also difficult to attach (again, a very tight fit) so it's possible that the legs were not machined to the correct diameter. Just poor all around and a sign of poor quality control.
Once I spent an entire morning putting together this "20-30 minute assembly" tumbler it works. Movement is
It came in a flat box and was easy to put together. I had it done in about 20 minutes. The design is OK as far as the fact that they both rotate on their own.
However the little tabs that go inside come out a lot and it leaks.
The doors are hard to get open which can be good because critters can't get in it.
The mechanism that holds it from turning is breaking.
I have decided this is not a good buy.
Did the job we needed for the meeting at compost but we will be building our own .
629 of the 790 reviews are 4-stars or 5-stars
And boy do they compost!
When we first got one I thought "this is stupid - it's no different than when I made a square out of pallets - this is never going to work" - I was WRONG. I don't know if it's because it's black and gets warm, or if it's all the went holes but not too many, or what - but this thing is a compost making machine!
From being packed to the top with garden clippings, shredded paper and veggie kitchen scraps - this thing made me black compost in like 4 weeks! Just
Now for the compost PSA part of my review.
The only issue I've
74 of the 85 reviews are 4-stars or 5-stars
We buy 3 gallon / 10 liter BioBags. In the photos, you can see how one lifts off the collar, inserts the bag, and places the collar back down. Part of the BioBag hangs out beyond the collar. Some users might consider this an eyesore but we don't. JosephJoseph sells its own bags that don't extend beyond the collar.
We previously used an Endurance stainless steel cylinder with charcoal filters in the lid. The main complaint was always finding enough hands and a place to separately place the lid somewhere before scraping the plates.
446 of the 586 reviews are 4-stars or 5-stars
I have just ordered a second identical composter so that I can add scraps to one while the other finishes composting. Only problem of note is that the wheel assemblies on the base of the first one are a little rusty; everything still works fine but at some point I'm sure they'll give out. (Since the barrel can be rolled around on the ground to mix, that won't render the unit worthless anyhow.) For the price, it's worth buying.
A trick I
1. You can really only load it about 40% full. Any more than that and it is WAY to heavy to turn. As an athletic young person, I can assure most people will not find it easy to turn as it gets more full.
2. Turning it is a bit awkward. There are great handholds on the bottom that function well to turn it, but the other half doesn't have anything to grab on to to spin it. 2 more handholds would make it much easier.
3. Getting dirt out is a royal pain. Basically, you have to get in it with a small trowel. Because the opening is recessed you cannot simply flip it over
34 of the 35 reviews are 4-stars or 5-stars
It was easy to assemble and get started. I'm a 70 year old woman and did it all by myself.
83 of the 104 reviews are 4-stars or 5-stars
This is not a huge composter, but it's very easy to assemble and small enough to fit on a back porch. It is very convenient for taking kitchen scraps out back and close to the house. The frame it comes with is lightweight but seems sturdy enough to support the weight of both containers full of compost.
The lids fit on very easily and I like that you don't have to completely remove the lid to add material. I also like that the lids are labeled "Start" and "Finish" so my kids know which side to add to. They are small enough that even my 6 year old daughter can spin it right now.
The frame keeps it high enough that when I empty it, I can put a large enough tray or container under it to catch everything
This is a great, "big" little composter. It was easy to put together and it's very sturdy; we've had a couple major storms blow through and it hasn't budged. ZERO smell too, even with the shrimp shells I threw in.
I've noticed a couple small things--because these are small barrels, you need small "chunks" for this composter. If I have branches or plants from pruning, I run them over with the lawn mower first. And it really does need compost starter. Even with 100-degree heat, the material simply wasn't breaking down; I added compost starter and had usable compost in a week. All in all this was a great