The Compost Wizard Eco Tumbler is a free-standing, tumbler-type compost bin that's designed to fit easily into a small to medium-sized yard or garden. It has dual chambers that can hold up to 5.7 cubic feet (42 gallons) of compost. These dual chambers allow you to run 2 batches at a time (concurrently or consecutively), which allows you to have an on-going supply of compost. The low-friction bearing makes for easy turning and smooth tumbling action of this composter and keeps compost well mixed and aerated. Additional aeration is provided by strategically placed openings along the outside of the bin that allow air in without letting compost come out. This composter is made of 100% recycled plastic and is tough enough to stand up to weather, moderate impacts, and continuous use. The coated, tubular frame is equally durable and can handle a full load of compost with ease.
- 5.7 cubic feet (42 gallons) total capacity in both chambers
- Some assembly required - you will need a small wrench, a Phillips screwdriver and a Flathead screwdriver. Complete illustrated assembly instructions are available under the DOC tab.
- Sturdy handholds allow for easy gripping and can also be used for additional agitation.
- Sliding door has no moving parts - just push to the side to open and slide close to seal
- Low-odor and pest-resistant design
- Black color absorbs heat, which encourages the composting process
- Safe for pets and children
- Depending on the materials you add and environmental factors, your compost can be ready in as little as 30 days
- When assembled, this composter is 37" (H) x 28.25" (W) x 26.5" (D) and weighs 23.6 lbs
When composting is complete, use as mulch in your garden, spread it on your lawn, or combine it with potting soil to use nearly anywhere.
Compost Mix does not heat up:
- Mix is too wet - add dry browns.
- Mix is too dry - add water
- Mix ratio is off - check green/brown ratio and add accordingly
- Ammonia smell means too much nitrogen (greens) - add dry browns
- Putrid smell (like rotten eggs) means mix is too wet and/or doesn't have enough oxygen - add dry browns to absorb excess moisture, turn compost and open air vent
Problems with pests/insects:
- Rodents are attracted to meat and fatty foods - remove them
- Flies/insects are attracted to uncovered wastes, especially kitchen scraps - mix or cover with brown material or finished compost
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You will need a small wrench, a Phillips screwdriver and a Flathead screwdriver. Complete illustrated assembly instructions are available under the DOC tab.
Setting up your composter:
Select a location that's flat, convenient to access and will get hot (usually in direct sunlight)
What to put in your composter:
The composting process works best by mixing nitrogen-rich moist greens with carbon-rich dry browns.in a ratio of approximately 2 parts brown to 1 part green.
Greens are usually moist and include:
Kitchen scraps, fresh grass clippings, coffee grinds, plants and tea leaves (loose, not the bags)
Browns are usually dry and include:
Dry leaves and sticks, shredded newspaper, straw/hay, sawdust and dryer lint,
Do not compost:
Meats/fats/bones, trash, plastic, dairy products, wood or charcoal ashes, treated plants/wood, glossy paper, diseased plants/wood, weeds that have gone to seed and cat or dog (and other carnivores) waste. This is not a complete list - it is recommended that you reference a trusted source for a more thorough list.
- Your composter has 2 chambers.
- Add new raw material to side 1 hatch, fully rotating 5-10 times after each deposit, or every 2-3 days.
- When side 1 is full, let it cure and start adding new raw material to side 2.
- To empty a cured batch: (1)place small tarp or plastic sheet on the ground, (2) rotate doors to bottom, (3) slide door to open cured content chamber, (4) cured compost will fall out, (5) slide tarp out. Opening the door between the leg-stand will lock rotation. With the palm of your hand, gently tap sides to loosen most of the compost. Close the door and return to upright.
Checking the process:
After 2 or 3 days, check your mix to see if it's getting hot. When your mix is hot, the beneficial organisms are multiplying and doing their job, decomposing materials. Turning the composter 5-10 times every 2-3 days will mix the materials and keep the process active. Squeeze a handful of compost to ensure the materials are not drying out. If it feels like a damp sponge, the water level is fine - if it feels dry, add a little more water (be careful not to add too much) and turn the composter to mix well.
Depending on the material you added your compost should be ready in as little as 30 days. Finished compost will contain fine and coarse material. For a fine blend, sift the compost to use in potting mixes. Use the coarser compost as a nutritious top-dressing around outdoor plantings or till directly into your garden! You may also use finished compost as a starter for your next batch, or to heat up a batch that cooled too quickly.
To remove the finished compost, turn the barrel of the composter so the door is facing the
ground and slide the door away from the chamber you want to empty. Make sure part of the
door is still covering the unfinished side, which may not be ready to be emptied.
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What's In The Package: Please see the illustrated instructions under the DOCS tab for a full list of parts included for this composter.