Good Ideas Compost Wizard Jr.
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Good reviews from Walmartians
What happened to the bigger one?
I want to make a lot of dirt.
Was going to grab this as I wanted another one, but the one Woot sold last time was the ‘enviro tumbler’ by the same people and that came with tea collection in the base. This one looks like it just lets the compost sit in the tea with no drainage or collection.
If you’re interested in this but are thinking of the bigger one, get this one.
I have the bigger one and after filling it half full in a couple years literally cannot move it, cannot rotate it, way to heavy.
It’s a good idea and rugged, but the big one is too difficult to rotate when anywhere near full.
How about the issues noted on the HomeDepot page (listed above) that it is difficult to turn when more than 1/2 full? Has anyone used one for more than one season with it in the sun that can speak to durability and any issues with rusting of the roller parts???
I read those reviews too. Some reviwers said they were elderly, so I can see why they might find it difficult to turn. Compost is heavy.
I’ve got the bigger one. I’ve had it about 4 months and it is about 1/3 full. Rotating it is not a problem. Still looks good as new after 4 months.
I bought this model back in April and the wife loves it. Ours is probably about half full and I have no issues turning it right now and haven’t had any issues with it draining. It’s got a bunch of holes in the sides of it for air and drainage.
On a side note, never noticed any foul smells or animal issues with it either. The top goes on and off very easily and rotates with no issues.
I have this one, it can be difficult to turn, especially once you have really broken-down matter. I use a shovel to loosen it up first, otherwise it’s like putting completely soaked towels in the dryer, just thud…thud…thud on each spin.
If you are going to buy one, consider buying two. Once you start composting, you don’t want to stop, but you have to if you ever want to harvest the compost. Two allows you to let one mature, while you keep filling the other.
One other comment, your main bug friends are going to be maggots. Maggots become flies, lots of them(!). If you keep this anywhere near an outdoor eating area, be prepared for swarms of flies. We had a outdoor dinner party and it was like a fly kamikaze mission (the bin is on the back-side of the house, 50’+ away). Really distressful watching hordes of flies circling our guests. I wish there was a way to incorporate some nice earth worms.
Bought this last year, used it for several months, had hordes of flies, ended up throwing it away. We have a small backyard, so I thought this would be perfect. It was nasty. Manufacturers website said flies would go away once it heated up – we live in the desert and have had 70+ days of triple digit heat. How hot does it have to get? Yuck. Zero stars for this one.
Buy bloodworms used for bait, or find worms after the rain, or add a good shovel of dirt. I have worms and maggots.
The maggots come if you don’t have your kitchen scraps broken up into small pieces and mixed with your brown stuff. Steal your neighbors grass and leaf bags.
Have had this for years. LOVE IT!
Works just fine in Buffalo, NY… yeah… BUFFALO.
The tea oozes out just fine. The grass around it loves it. The worms crawl in, the worms crawl out. The worms play Texas Hold 'Em (because no one really knows how to play pinochle anymore)
If you want an easy peasy care free composter, get this one.
Good compost is 3 parts art, 4 parts science and 1 part unicorn tears.