Composting isn't the fringe activity that it was once considered to be. With the new drive to live green, everyone looks for ways that they can add green living, easily and cheaply, to their lives.
Creating compost with a compost tumbler or compost bin is an easy way for your family to naturally reduce landfill waste and has the added benefit of providing compost - what many gardeners consider an almost miraculous addition to any garden.
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Mantis ComposT-Twin

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ComposT-TwinThe Mantis ComposT-Twin is a very hardy, well-built and well-thought out compost tumbler that sells for about $499.

The Mantis ComposT-Twin has been built with two chambers, which, combined with the price, might initially put off some people who might not see the utility in having a two-chambered compost tumbler.

But having two chambers lets the compost hobbyist "cook" one batch of compost in one chamber while they can still add composting material to the other chamber. Having the cooking compost in a sealed chamber gives the composter the advantage of being able to time their compost production a bit more efficiently and resulting in the producing of more compost more often. And the less often you have to open the door to any compost tumbler, the less of a mess you're going to have to deal with - not to mention you're going to have to deal with less in the way of odor.

The Mantis ComposT-Twin is well-built, with a tubular frame that provides a good, strong base. The two chambers are fully enclosed with four aerator vents. The gear system, when combined with the easy-to-turn handle, makes for easy mixing of composting ingredients. Each chamber on the Mantis ComposT-Twin has a 10-bushel capacity.

From the manufacturer's description:

The Mantis ComposT-Twin holds almost 25 cubic feet of raw material – that's 10 bushels in each chamber! Aerator vents on each door allow oxygen into the chamber while vented end caps assure even air flow and proper drainage. Bin contents are fully enclosed to keep out rodents, pets, and other wildlife. No more messy, unsightly piles, no odors wafting over to your neighbor's porch. Two latches on each door means bin contents are more secure, and less stress on individual latches. The ComposT-Twin frame is a convenient 32” high for easy loading and unloading. The easy-crank handle and gear mechanisms make the drum easy to turn – even when fully loaded!

No mess, no smells, no unsightly bin in your backyard. Contained and elevated to deter pests. No back-breaking work to mix and aerate pile - just turn the gear-driven handle. It's easy to remove your finished compost - the Mantis ComposT-Twin sits a sensible 32 inches off of the ground.

ComposT-Twin CoverOther items that might be of interest to someone with a Mantis ComposT-Twin would be a matching composter cover or a ComposT-Twin Sifter Screen.

Picking up the ComposT-Twin Cover is a good idea because it keeps your Mantis ComposT-Twin secure in just about any weather, preventing weather-related damage and just keeping your compost tumbler generally looking nice year-round. This particular cover that Mantis sells is dark green and the weather-resistant vinyl is reportedly easy to clean.

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Envirocycle-Backyard-ComposterOn sale for $139.00 at Amazon.com, the Envirocycle Backyard Compost Tumbler is an economical and popular compost tumbler.

Compact in size, the Envirocycle Backyard Compost Tumbler is made of durable, recycled plastic with a lockable lid that is intended to prevent small animals from getting into your composting material.

The EnviroCycle's main purpose is to make turning and aerating straightforward and easy enough to accelerate decomposition. With a regular compost heap, going through the process of turning it several times a week is an effort. So plenty of folks put the chore off and as a consequence, their experience with compost making is slow. With the Envirocycle Backyard Compost Tumbler you can turn the heap in ten seconds and without opening the lid. Our friend report that they've spun their compost tumbler for about a minute and a half a day (which is maybe a little excessive) - and that they've had good success with their composting results.

The best position to operate this compost tumbler from is to stand facing one side. From the side, you can easily push one side down while pulling the opposite side up. However as the load you put into the Envirocycle Backyard Compost Tumbler gets heavier, the harder it'll become to turn. Fortunately, when the compost tumbler gets a little too hard to turn, you can just rock it back and forth and get most of the same benefit of completely turning the tumbler over and over. At the bare minimum, change the side of the heap you leave at the bottom.

The all-important aeration is provided through small holes that have been drilled into the drum, which is indented just enough to give the user a decent chance of gripping and rolling the Envirocycle Backyard Compost Tumbler, which is recommended by Envirocycle to be done at least three times a week.

A unique feature of the Envirocycle Backyard Compost Tumbler is the ability to collect "compost tea" in its base. As the decomposition process occurs with the compost material, nutrient-rich liquid plant food is produced and up to 5 gallons of the stuff can be collected in the base. This is an extremely useful feature that I wish more composter units had.

The EnviroCycle tumbler includes a base to gather and store liquid compost tea draining from the composting material.

This occurs through two slits in the tumbler that are left resting over the base or in a similar fashion thru the door.

Two stops in the base container permit draining, and one stop can permit drainage directly to ground. If the container becomes full you must replace the stops to empty the liquid properly. There is a design problem here, because when full and level you won't take the screw cap from the pouring spout without spilling contents. Lean the container back and rest the front on a brick to pour before opening the spout.

The Envirocycle Backyard Compost Tumbler does not have to be stored on its base (but do choose a level surface). The base has a hand hole underneath to make moving easier.

From the manufacturer:

The Envirocycle composter and compost tea maker produces quality compost quicker and easier than conventional composters by its rolling and mixing action which keeps the ingredients well mixed and aerated. The Envirocycle makes compost tea, a rich organic liquid plant food so much appreciated by the gardeners. This liquid can be collected in the unique composteamaker base.

Dimensions

Height 77.5 centimeters, width 65 centimeters, depth 51.5 centimeters. We calculate the max tumbler volume at 179 Liters or 6.3 Cubic feet; Note: we measured the maximum base contents, with entry holes open of course, to be 12.5 liters. When the base is up-ended with holes closed it probably holds nearly twice that.

With the small size and correspondingly small price of the Envirocycle Backyard Composter, this could be a perfect compost tumbler for the new compost-making hobbyist or for someone who wouldn't mind buying several units to keep a steady supply of compost coming in.

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Achla-CMP-05A popular compost tumbler model that sells for about $209.99, the Achla CMP-05 Spinning Horizontal Compost tumbler is about the height of a tall 4-year-old - 36 inches - and is reportedly very easy to turn.

Made from 100-percent recycled plastic, the sliding door on the Achla CMP-05 Spinning Horizontal Compost tumbler is secure enough to prevent wandering critters from accessing the composting material that's baking inside.

This compost tumbler holds 7 cubic feet of composting material and sits securely on the rolled-metal stand that it comes with. The spinning bar, along the with strategically placed ridges inside the Achla CMP-05 Spinning Horizontal Compost tumbler, manage to easily break up chunks of composting material.

While the unit is relatively easy to put together and can be done in about 15 minutes with a wrench and a screwdriver, a second person could come in handy when it comes time to attach the Achla CMP-05's main composting container to the legs.

From the manufacturer:

Gardeners have long understood the importance of composting. It provides a cheap way to convert kitchen scraps and garden waste into food for microorganisms. They, in turn, enrich the soil with healthy nutrients which function as fertilizer for plants. Made from recycled plastic. 7 cubic feet capacity. Minimizes landfill waste. Rodent proof. Features easy access sliding door. Mixing fins break up clumps.

The Achla CMP-05 Spinning Horizontal Compost tumbler is a solid, no-nonsense product that does exactly what it says, but there have been some problems reported with the shipping of this compost tumbler. It has been reported that the stand parts have arrived unsecured, just tossed into the container. Coming in at a solid 37 pounds of shipping weight, Achla needs to make sure that their products are shipped a bit more securely.

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Dec
28

Compact ComposTumbler

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Compact-ComposTumblerThe Compact ComposTumbler, while a nice, solidly built compost tumbler that can be found on Amazon.com for about $345 - is really anything but compact.

While the ComposTumbler people may want to think that their Compact ComposTumbler is compact, and they may want you to think that their Compact ComposTumbler is compact, it's really a sizable unit. Standing at 43 inches high by 42 inches wide and 33 inches deep, and sitting about a foot off the ground on a sturdy base, the Compact ComposTumbler holds about 9.5 bushels of composting material, which is the equivalent of about 88 gallons of milk.

That's a lot of milk.

As long as you're fine with the fact that this unit is, in fact, a non-compact Compact ComposTumbler, you can relax and enjoy the fact that you're not going to have to worry about running out of room for your composting material.

The Compact ComposTumbler is not designed to be an especially mobile unit, as it lacks wheels or some other easy way to move it around. It's designed to do one thing - sit in one place, provide a good environment for decomposing bacteria, and produce high-quality compost. Fortunately for someone considering purchasing a Compact ComposTumbler, it does just what it's designed to do, and it does it well.

Produce Compost Quickly!

Composting has been done for ages by using an open system - using available land area to dump composting materials systematically in order to produce compost efficiently. Not everyone has the land area needed to set up the right system, however, and more importantly, open compost pits are notorious for attracting animals and annoying neighbors.

Like most compost tumblers, the Compact ComposTumbler avoids those problems. Relatively compact, the unit doesn't take up a whole lot of space and doesn't need a lot of yard to roll around in. And, since the Compact ComposTumbler sits 12 inches off the ground and is easy to secure, animals won't be able to easily gain access to your composting materials. With the screens that are part of this unit, keeping insects out won't be a problem, although there will be insects in the general area.

The screens are designed to assist with the rapid aeration, which is also brought about by turning the unit over via a crank on the side. Turning this crank is easy enough for just about anyone and should be done every day or every other day. Do this, and use the right recipe, and you'll see good-quality compost from the Compact ComposTumbler in about two or three weeks.

What's Inside?

Inside the Compact ComposTumbler are well-designed fins and blades which aid in mixing composts and shredding them into smaller materials for faster decomposition. More than that, these fins also contribute to the movement of compost materials inside the tumbler, allowing newly added compost materials to be mixed near the core for more speedy decomposition.

The aerator near the door of the Compact ComposTumbler helps in the proper circulation of air inside and out of the tumbler, this allows for oxygen to aid in the decomposition process without rotting the whole compost material.

“Compost teas” are also an important aspect of the process inside the Compact ComposTumbler. This tea is basically composed of nutritious liquids squeezed out of the compost materials. Take note however, that these teas are not meant for human consumption and are intended as dilute fertilizers - a very nutritious composition of materials from the inside of the tumbler.

Needless to say, the Compact ComposTumbler is a blessing for all those who have dreamed of making a compost bin, but have no time, energy, and perseverance to do so. All you need is about $345.00 to purchase the Compact ComposTumbler compost tumbler at Amazon.com, and the patience to wait about 4-5 days before it's delivered right on your doorstep.

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Tumbleweed Composter Tumbling Compost BinConstructed of all recycled materials, including high-impact UV-protected polypropylene plastic, zinc-plated steel fasteners connecting the galvanized steel tubing to a stainless steel central breaker bar, the Tumbleweed Composter Tumbling Compost Bin sells for about $180 at Amazon.com.

Sitting at 4 feet tall, with a 3 foot by 2 foot base, the Tumbleweed Composter spins on a central axis, turning over and over as the crank is used and tumbling the compost materials over inside. Because the Tumbleweed Composter sits so high off the ground, it is easy to put a wheelbarrow or other container underneath the unit when you're unloading your compost. Another advantage of being so high is that wandering animals looking for what's in your compost tumbler won't be able to get into it.
The Tumbleweed Composter has two animal-proof twist lock vented lids at either end that allow for easy filling and emptying of the bin while producing maximum aeration.

In 2006, the Tumbleweed Composter was featured in a product test by the National Home Gardening Club, wherein 27 club members evaluated this compost tumbler for ease of use, design, durability, appearance and other aspects of its performance. According to the results, published in late 2006, the Tumbleweed Composter received no less than 8 out of 10 points in any category, and it earned an overall average of 8.9 out of 10 across all categories. A few testers commented that they found turning the full Tumbleweed more strenuous than they expected and expressed concern that it might be too unwieldy for older gardeners, but all were pleased with the Tumbleweed's compost production and many were able to obtain quality compost quickly.

The Tumbleweed Composter takes about 15 minutes to assemble and you need a screwdriver handy.

Here is a video from CleanAirGardening that shows you how to assemble the Tumbleweed Composter Tumbling Compost Bin.

The manufacturer claims that a daily spin of the Tumbleweed Composter will produce earthy dark brown compost in as few as 21 days. Your specific composting time will probably most likely depend on your mix of materials, moisture of the compost, weather and direct sunlight on the unit. For the best results, we suggest using 75% dry ingredients (leaves, grass clippings, shredded newspaper) and 25% moist waste (vegetable scraps, dead flowers, etc). The Tumbleweed Composter will work with any blend of organic materials, but it may take longer to complete the process with less-desirable compost material.

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naturemill-pro-automatic-composterCompost tumblers are a great blessing for those who desire to have some compost in their garden, but don’t have the patience and the time to make an open one. These machines work by providing the microorganisms responsible for compost process the three basic survival needs which are necessary for the fast decomposition of the materials. These are food, water, and air.

These microorganisms function with the presence of compost materials, which are considered their food. The moisture and water content of these materials serve as the water while oxygen, which enters through the air vents and circulates through turning the tumbler, is important for a faster decomposition process.
One really good thing about these compost tumblers is that the previous month to year long waiting for quality compost has been cut down into fourteen days of constantly feeding, and turning the tumbler. Compost tumblers, such as the NatureMill Pro Automatic Composter, are catalysts for the fast decomposition process of compost materials, thus providing the owners quality and time-effective compost for their gardens.

Hands Free Tumbling

Unlike any other compost tumblers, the NatureMill Pro Automatic Composter has foot pedals which allow the feet to work the tumbling of the machine; whereas in just about any other tumbler, turning is done by hand, either turning a crank to tumble the compost or spinning the unit itself. By implementing the foot control, NatureMill has made composting a bit neater, eliminating the soiling and contamination of your hands and making tumbling a bit easier for people whose arms aren't up to the task of regular tumbling.

Load Materials Anytime

Another unique characteristic of this NatureMill PRO Automatic Composter is that the interior of this machine has both an upper and lower chamber - each of which serves different purposes. The upper chamber serves as the reception area for compost materials, and it is where these materials are mixed, heated and cut into smaller bits of waste. Another great purpose of this upper chamber is to allow heat to release the odor and other unnecessary microorganisms, thus lessening the foul smell of the compost materials inside. In fact, the smell of the material inside is just comparable to a sourdough.

As soon as these materials turn into fragments of waste, they are transferred automatically to the lower chamber, where they are deposited for other decomposition processes. This allows the owners to place in materials and wastes anytime of the day, without interrupting the compost process.
Adding up saw dust and baking powder is also useful in keeping a brown tint for the end product, and reducing acidity brought about by the decomposition process inside.

Structurally Strategic

NatureMill Pro Automatic Composter is made of stainless steel materials and weighs about 17 pounds. This comes out of the package ready to use, so there is no need to spend impatient hours just to assemble the compost tumbler. Because of its material, this tumbler can be used any time of the year - be it during the scorching summer, or the frigging winter. You can place it in your garden, laundry, or kitchen - it just fits and looks good naturally because of its classy, but sturdy structure.

The NatureMill Pro Automatic Composter is currently unavailable on Amazon.com. While it was listed there, it was priced at $399.99 - and to top the deal off, shipping was free. Williams-Sonoma also has the NatureMill Pro. The price is the same as Amazon, but shipping is not free.

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Dec
28

Bio-Orb Monster Compost Bin

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Bio Orb Monster Compost BinThis is the Bio-Orb Monster Compost Bin.

How Monster Is It?

While it is one of the larger compost tumblers, it's not quite as large as the name "Monster Compost Bin" would have you believe. Coming in at a 44 inch diameter, with an empty weight of 30 pounds, the Bio-Orb Monster Compost Bin contains up to 23 feet of composting material. That's a good amount of space for grass clippings, twigs, kitchen waste, sawdust and so on.

Speaking as someone who owns a pretty big garden or yard, and as someone whose family produces a big volume of refuse and kitchen waste, I know and can wholeheartedly recommend that if you're looking for a convenient composting experience, you're not going to want to settle for a smaller compost tumbler. Most of our friends actually pick up 2 or three compost bins or tumblers to rotate the composting material through and get a schedule going that works for them.

If your family is like mine, this might be a good compost tumbler for you. The Bio-Orb Monster Compost Bin definitely measures up to the other compost tumblers on the market, both in size and quality.

Monstrous Heat Absorption

Made with a recycled, black, polyethylene plastic material, the Bio-orb Monster Compost Bin is a dark, sinister ball of composting power. Like a compost tumbler version of Darth Vader, if you will. When you're talking about compost bins and compost tumblers, darker colors offer a significant advantage over lighter colors because a black tint will absorb more heat from the sun, which is then retained inside the sphere. And as most composting hobbyists know, solar heat and UV rays can significantly speed up the process of decomposition, which will result in the faster production of compost.

Highly Mobile and Accessible

Being essentially a hollow ball, the Bio-Orb Monster Compost Bin can be considered a highly mobile unit, with your typical ball-like spherical structure. Being ball-like means that the compost hobbyist can easily roll it into whatever place the Bio-Orb Monster Compost Bin needs to be. Roll it to where you have your kitchen wastes, throw 'em in, then roll it out to the garden.

The door to the Bio-Orb Monster Compost Bin easily opens and closes securely, keeping animals from doing anything more than pushing it around a bit.

Rolling the Bio-Orb Monster Compost Bin around a bit allows the proper ventilation of the composting materials inside, and aerates things nicely. If you don't feel like going outside and rolling the big black Darth Vader ball of composting power around the back yard, let your kids do it for you. It's safe enough as long as you avoid hills or steep slopes.

While the manufacturer recommends that rolling the Bio-Orb Monster Compost Bin daily isn't necessary, I would have to disagree with that somewhat. The "one roll every 5-10 days" recommendation won't allow for the proper aeration. Rolling the ball over a few times once every other day should be fine.

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Dec
10

Back Porch ComposTumbler

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Back-Porch-ComposTumblerThe sight of the typical compost heap, an ever-growing pile of garbage and wastes...well, for some people, it can strain the eye a bit. Not only does an unkempt compost heap destroy the appearance of a garden, it can also pave the way for the ever-disgusting garden pests to find and reside in the place. Aside from the damaging appearance it gives to the typical garden, a pile of compost materials takes a long time to complete the decomposing process and needs more than a little monitoring for it to yield the right amount and quality of compost.

Composting isn't the most intuitive process, and some gardeners consider it as one of the less-simple processes in gardening; usually a gardening beginner who has decided to take a shot at composting might need a little time to get used to the whole process and to learn how to produce the best quality compost. Nevertheless, every problem has its solution, and luckily, to address this crisis among gardeners and home owners, compost tumblers like the Back Porch ComposTumbler was conceived.

Compost tumblers like the Back Porch ComposTumbler make the composting process of disposing of trash and recyclables a lot easier. With its cutting-edge features (for a compost tumbler) and affordable price, surely, one can be easily driven to purchase this compost tumbler.

Portability and Functionality in One

The Back Porch ComposTumbler is a lightweight and mobile composting tumbler. This product is an excellent choice for those who have a little less space on their porches and where a large composting area is not feasible. Because of its mobility, gardening composters can easily wheel the Back Porch ComposTumbler wherever needed, which is nice when you consider how much time can otherwise be wasted by running back and forth from where your compost is to where it needs to be.

The Back Porch ComposTumbler measures 37 inches x 36 inches x 26 inches and has 6-ich wheels, and can be considered as a highly portable device for composting kitchen recyclables and other compostable materials.

An Efficient Composting Tool

This 37 gallon capacity compost tumbler has the ability to process a lot of materials. Aside from that, inside this ComposTumbler are four mixing fins which expedite the whole process of breaking up lumps of compost and which making the process a good deal easier and faster. The constant spinning of the fins hastens the composting process inside the tumbler because there is a rotation of freshly supplied materials inside the center of the composting mass where the composting action is at its peak.

Moisture and oxygenation is also efficient in this machine because of the specially-designed aerator and a drainage unit which allows the efficient exhaust of the proper airflow. Furthermore, the filtered and screened vents located on the side of the ComposTumbler allow adequate volume of oxygen inside and also minimize the chances for insects and pests to infiltrate the inside of the compost tumbler.

All These Features With An Affordable Price Tag

The Back Porch ComposTumbler is available for a very affordable and discounted price at Amazon.com. For only $239.99, reduced from an original price tag of $244.99, you can have this highly functional and mobile Back Porch ComposTumbler delivered to your home. Hey, if you can free yourself from the hassling process of composting in your yard, lessen the infestation of pests from your compost materials, and process more recyclable materials in one composting - why not?

Composting has never been as easy as it has been with the Back Porch ComposTumbler. Visit Amazon.com for more details about purchase and delivery

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Achla CMP-01If you thought that size is all that matters when buying a compost tumbler, the Achla CMP-01 Tumbling Compost Mixer will prove you wrong. Although your choice in the size of a compost tumbler may be based on the amount of waste materials your household produces, the wrong choice of the tumbler’s size may also lead to compost tumbler inefficiency and the inability to produce the right amount (and quality) of compost for your household needs.

Compost Tumbler Facts

A compost tumbler should have easy accessibility. It should have a sturdy latch and a door which does not easily give in when tumbling or rolling it, especially when the compost really starts to accumulate inside. A compost tumbler should also be high enough for easy loading and unloading, but not too low to the point that a person may get exhausted from too much bending. More than that, a good compost tumbler should be easy to tumble and spun so that the composting materials inside can be constantly ventilated.

Access to adequate air should also be considered in the placement of a compost tumbler as air is a primary ingredient in the process of decomposition. Hence, the tumbler should be placed in an open area with a decent amount of ventilation. If for whatever reason this is not possible, the size of the compost tumbler must be considered so that, despite a smaller space for placement, air can still freely circulate and ventilate the materials inside.

Speedy Decomposition

The Achla CMP-01 Tumbling Compost Mixer is one of the compost tumblers which would address the aforementioned requirements for a good compost tumbler. This speedy composter, although smaller in size, can provide quality and rich compost in less than five weeks’ time. Who would have thought that a tumbler of this midget size could process compost that easy? Here’s how:

Traps Sunlight for Faster Work

Being composed of 100% recycled UV-inhibited plastic allows the entrapment of UV rays, which in return helps in faster decomposition of waste materials inside. Moreover, its black tint allows for more absorption of heat, leading to a more speedy compost process.

Easy Rotation and Tumbling

The shorter and rounder physique of the Achla CMP-01 Tumbling Compost Mixer allows the user to easily rotate and turn it for a better distribution of compost materials inside the barrel. The durable fins inside the mixer allow large clumps of waste to be trimmed down into smaller bits for easier decomposition. You need not wait for these materials to atrophy on their own, the blades inside will take care of them in no time.

More Compost in Less Time

The seven-cubic feet capacity of this compost tumbler allows more compost to be processed, thus giving you an adequate amount of compost for your garden in five weeks or less. Now, your previously barren garden with bland colors will surely bloom in full range with the addition of newly composted soil from the Achla CMP-01 Tumbling Compost Mixer.

Quality Tumbler, Lower Price Tag

The Achla CMP-01 Tumbling Compost Mixer is available at Amazon.com with free shipping when you order. Unlike any other compost tumblers out in the market, this Achla CMP-01 Tumbling Compost Mixer is a very affordable at only $199.99. While others could cost as much as $500 or more, this Achla CMP-01 Compost Mixer gives you the same amount of compost, in almost the same period of time.

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Dec
02

Urban Compost Tumbler UCT-9

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UCT-9Like most compost tumblers, the Urban Compost Tumbler, or UCT-9, offers a significant advantage over regular compost piles and bins. The UCT-9 is sold at Amazon.com for about $250.

Made with UV-protected plastic from 100% recycled materials, The Urban Compost Tumbler UCT-9 is a big, well-made, solid tumbler that has no cranks or rollers. While this can make using this tumbler a little more of a chore to get started turning, the fact is that cranks and rollers do occasionally get clogged up and require cleaning and maintenance. The Urban Compost Tumbler UCT-9 has clearly been designed for ease of use and keep.

Using a patented core aeration system that provides essential oxygen to the microorganisms inside your compost materials, the Urban Compost Tumbler UCT-9 is reportedly nearly odorless, with a secure door that keeps wandering beasties from getting into your compost material.

Having such a solid compost tumbler has benefits as well as drawbacks. Your kids or pets are extremely unlikely to knock the Urban Compost Tumbler UCT-9 over unless they have a running start and a football scholarship. Wild animals will have the same problems, which is a relief for composter hobbyists who are in a location where that is a problem. There are more than a few cities that are considering or that already have bans in place that limit composting activities because of the animals open compost heaps can attract. Those cities will, however, allow fully enclosed compost tumblers like the Urban Compost Tumbler UCT-9. Since the unit is so solid, you don't have to worry about something getting after those banana peels or old tomatoes.

On the other hand, the Urban Compost Tumbler UCT-9 weighs 61 pounds when it's empty - so if you're going to put it somewhere, plan on doing that before you fill it up. The unit can get so heavy, in fact, that you really want to take care when deciding where you're going to put it. The Urban Compost Tumbler UCT-9 needs level, firm footing. If the UCT-9 is on a sloped or soft surface, it could become unstable when it comes time to rotate the composting material. If the Urban Compost Tumbler UCT-9 is set on the ground or lawn, be sure the area is level, firm and dry. If the UCT-9 is set on a deck, patio, concrete floor, decorative blocks, or similar surface, consider using a "drip pan" beneath the unit to catch occasional drips. One suggestion is setting the Urban Compost Tumbler UCT-9 on firmly positioned patio stones or concrete blocks.

Urban Compost Tumbler 9As always, it's recommended that you place this compost tumbler, like any compost tumbler, in an area of direct sunlight, as the dark color of the Urban Compost Tumbler UCT-9 absorbs sunlight readily and the extra heat speeds up the composting process considerably. Used properly, a compost tumbler such as the Urban Compost Tumbler UCT-9 can result in the reduction of the composting process time about 90% over what you could expect from a regularly-tended compost heap.

Making Compost In The Urban Compost Tumbler UCT-9

The best way to approach making compost in the Urban Compost Tumbler UCT-9 is to fill the unit with enough composting material all at once to produce a full load of compost. all at once and produce a compost batch fast… empty and repeat the process. A lot of small batches faster is the key to effectively using just about any compost tumbler. Of course, the Urban Compost Tumbler UCT-9 can do batches that are gathered over time but that method of composting will take much longer to produce compost.

The content weight of the Urban Compost Tumbler UCT-9 should not exceed 130 lbs. While usually a balanced load of green and brown composting material weigh does not weigh this much, when you consider the hidden weight behind adding large amounts of water, vegetables and fruits, green manure and so on, you could easily exceed the weight limit. While a little additional weight may not damage the Urban Compost Tumbler UCT-9, it will become more difficult to turn for some people who aren't superheroes. A good rule of thumb to go by that indicates you've approached or have exceeded this limit is when you notice that the top of the barrel starts becoming oval in shape and the lid becomes difficult to get on. If that happens, remove some of the material.

Tumbling the Urban Compost Tumbler UCT-9

Hey, be careful and watch what you're doing while tumbling the Urban Compost Tumbler UCT-9. Stand to one side of the unit and start off by begin "rocking" the barrel back and forth a couple times to build momentum. Then as the barrel swings forward, using the force of the momentum of the barrel, "push down" to complete the rotation. It is important you push down on the barrel and NOT outward or sideways. Pushing outward may cause the unit to tip over and lateral (sideways) movement may cause damage to the stand. The Urban Compost Tumbler UCT-9 is easier to turn when full rather than when just partially filled. This is because the barrel of the UCT-9 turns around a center shaft - so the more weight you have on both sides of the shaft, the more "in balance" the barrel movement is. Make sure that you do not fill the barrel to the very top beause you need some space to allow for mixing the air and composting material. Also remember after tumbling to be sure the aeration holes are clear and open.

Breaking in your Urban Compost Tumbler UCT-9

Breaking-in or burning-in your Urban Compost Tumbler UCT-9 can take a while. The first couple batches of compost produced by the Urban Compost Tumbler UCT-9 usually take a little longer than normal and is a bit lower-quality compost. It seems to take at least a couple good batches of compost to season the barrel. It has been reported that it is a good idea that in your first few compost batches you liberally use a good quality all natural compost starter.

Excess Moisture in the Urban Compost Tumbler UCT-9

Several things can cause excess moisture in the Urban Compost Tumbler UCT-9. Either adding too much water or too much green material like vegetables, fruit or fresh grass can mean problems with your mix. Focus more on getting "browns" into your composting material and use a bit less water if your composting is taking too long. In some humid areas of the country, excess moisture can build up in the barrel as the temperature varies between night and day. If the compost becomes too moist, remove the lid for a while until it dries out some. Also, to speed drying, replacing the lid periodically and tumbling the Urban Compost Tumbler UCT-9 to keep wet compost exposed is a good idea. Additionally, resting the Urban Compost Tumbler UCT-9 at an angle when "cooking" helps expose as much wet compost to the air as possible. And, as always, remember to keep the vent holes at the top of the barrel clear to allow the maximum possible air circulation.

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