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Compost Tumbler: Compost in 14 days

I recently bought a new compost tumbler: the actual Compostumbler.  I have wanted one of these for the longest time and I had never taken the plunge.  Now I am the proud owner of a Compact Compost Tumbler.  It took about an hour and a half to put together.  I hired a handy man.  He said it came with good instructions, plenty of extra screws and things and it was actually easy to put together.  It took about an hour and a half.

I am quite surprised byCompost Tumbler: Compost in 14 days the size of the tumbler.  It holds 9.5 bushels or three 30 gallon trash bags.  It is hard to actually visualize how much space 3 black trash bags full of kitchen scraps and some kind of browns takes up.  I have already dumped a lot of stuff in there and you can feel that it is somewhat heavy when you turn it.  But there is room for a lot more.  I almost need help from some neighbors to fill it up.

The claim is that you can make compost in 14 days.  There are some qualifications to that claim that you learn about after you read the directions.

  1. First they say that the kitchen scraps should be cut into small pieces and any browns that you would use should also be in small pieces.  For instance, leaves should be shredded so that they can decompose faster.
  2. The correct mix of greens and browns should be used.  See my post on Using Greens and Browns in Composting.
  3. The Compostumbler needs to be full.  It needs that much volume to create the heat for the best environment for composting.  Composting still works without the heat, it just takes longer.

So in my situation I am not going to get compost in 14 days because I am not cutting up my kitchen scraps into small pieces though I do shred my leaves.  It also is going to take some time to fill it up so that will delay the process.

In order to compost with the least bit of bother this  is a real star!!  You don’t have to worry about turning your compost pile.  The tumbler turns quite easily and it is really a pleasure to go out and turn it knowing that the compost is getting aerated.  It sure beats turning a compost pile for me, though I am sure it is good exercise and very satisfying to watch the compost progressing for those of you who do turn compost piles.  It also can create compost quickly because it can be turned so often creating lots of aeration.  You don’t have to worry about animal pests getting into your compost because it is off the ground and inaccessible.  It really presents a win-win situation for the beginning composter who wants to go green and start composting.

Buying a New/Used Compost Tumbler

Buying a new/used compost tumbler is a decision that many of us face. Craigslist often lists used composters for sale. There are many compost tumblers out there and I have one of the newer ones available–the Sun-Mar 200 (as of Summer 2014 I don’t use it anymore. It stopped sending out the compost.)  It is full of the “makings of compost” so I was thinking of buying another one.  For years I have been eyeing the Compact Compost Tumbler.  It seems that the mid-sized would be best for my needs.  Their marketing is great and they say that you can get compost in 14 days.  Some of the reviews on Amazon contest that claim.  But composting has to have the right mix of greens and browns to work really well.  So you don’t know if the people who wrote the reviews created the right mix for making compost in 14 days.  II am excited to try out the new Compostumbler.

Some of the reviews on Amazon say that the Compostumbler rusts out easily.  I kept thinking about it and was a little scared to try it because of this.  So I called the company and they say they have a 5 year full replacement guarantee and that the life of the composter is 7-10 years.  Well that guarantee sounds pretty good!

May 8th 2014–Update Compostumbler has been bought by a new company:  Mantis.  They now offer a 2 year guarantee.

The opportunity came up to buy a used one so I think this will be the perfect time to try a Compostumbler to see how they work!  The warranty is not transferable but I can live with that.

Update 1/15/11

The used Compostumbler was already sold so I will be buying a new one.