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I love it!It's easy to assemble but it's helpful to have an extra set of hands helping. Very simple instructions snap and screw. It took awhile to arrive but worth the wait. I live in Texas and it was over a 100 this week. The compost almost completed in one week lol. The smell is like earth or wet potting soil if you stick to the rules of composting.
I have been composting for many years. I started out with a free composter that the city of New Orleans provided to residents in 1998. It was in 3 sections, wider at the bottom, getting narrower at the top. You put the material to be composted in the top & there was a door that lifted up where you could scoop the compost out. It was ok but after a while the 3 sections wouldn't stay together. Also it was hard to turn the compost because it was way down in there. I replaced that one 10 years ago by a tumbling composter. It looks like a trash can, long & narrow with the axis on the sides. Problems with that were when it was heavy, it was almost impossible to tumble. And when I did manage to turn it, I was afraid it would swing around & hit me. Also very difficult to extract the compost. I dreaded using it & ended up layering kitchen scraps with leaves & grass on the ground, which worked ok until my dog started digging up the rotten veggies & fruits and eating them. Enter the Yimby. I splurged on it just after Christmas & have been very pleased and impressed with the design. The sheet of instructions that came with it were useless but I found a couple of YouTube videos that helped me figure out the assembly. Would have been easier if the screws were 1/2" longer, but I made it work. Now I go out several times a day & spin it, adding kitchen waste, leaves & grass all the time. There are some fruit flies, but turning it often seems to help keep them under control. I like that there are two separate sections so one side can be cooking while you add to the other. That was always a problem for me with my other composters. I haven't extracted any compost from it yet, but it will be very easy to do so, just put the wheelbarrow under the hatch, slide it open & let it pour out. I like it so much I got one for my mom's birthday.
I read them all and basically it all has to do with the eternal "not my fault, it's a piece if junk !" : easier to blame the item.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 !!SECOND UNIT:Learned a lot from the first. Still the best Composter for any money. I wanted to address the water in the compost mix issue. Each panel has tabs at the top to fit into guide holes in the previous panel. IF each panel tab IS NOT inserted into these guide holes, they in turn become weeping holes which guide rain water in. Personally l also opted for using 100% silicone putty at each panel joint...little extra for huge return.THE MAIN TOP is about the partition wall.With the second unit l decided l didn't need the composter to be divided into two halves. It sounds good on paper but l can load our new unit with no divider, faster with no problem. PLUS, the partition wall is NOT a structural entity. It can be left out which also greatly facilitates assembly. In fact l even cut away the dividing bar at the door opening to make access easier both at loading time and emptying the compost when done.This machine is designed to end up rigid as a tank. Once you made it as waterproof as possible you will not have any weight problem. It's like any other gardener project where you learn new tricks as you go. THIS has been a great addition to having a healthy garden growth without chemicals.
I just bought this and put it together myself, it took me 2 1/2 hours but I didn't mind because I was excited to get it and I took my time. It was fairly easy to assemble once I got started but there are a ton of screws for the barrel part (56) and that was the most time consuming part for me, trying to reach inside blindly with the nut to screw onto the screw. Once put together I felt it was pretty sturdy and placed in a (Recommended) sunny spot. I feel the people who have placed bad reviews on this have not fully read the directions. It say's to place it in a sunny spot to help along the cooking process and to mix the appropriate ratio of nitrogen to carbon for best results. If your compost isn't doing anything folks, smells sour, is too wet and stuck to the sides, ect... your not doing it right, read the directions! Also it's easy to get the dirt out if you read the directions. It say's to place tarp on ground (I use a bucket) rotate doors to bottom and slide open the cured content chamber, cured compost will fall out, slide tarp out. I have also read some reviews stating if it rains the grooves fill with water and when you tumble it the water gets all over you, relax people, it's water, tumble it away from you. Over all this product is affordable, works like it advertises when used with common sense, easy to tumble, makes beautiful compost and I would recommend it as an affordable alternative to the more expensive tumblers.
I loved the idea of this and it works great. I put it together by myself with a cordless driver and a wrench, but a second pair of hands to balance things etc. would have made the process much quicker and easier.I've been using this compost tumbler for almost a year now. My family of four eats a mess of fruits and vegetables, and this thing has really lived up to the task. The two chambers hold quite a bit, and it's fairly easy to turn. Of course the dark color help the cooking process too, and the footprint is fairly small. I have just recently gotten to the point where I feel like its time to empty chamber #1 so I can let #2 finish cooking. It's been several months and #1 is a beautiful rich black now, with nothing recognizable left except avocado pits and some egg shells.A few things to keep in mind: This is a domestic compost, and it will attract pests and it might stink. It will probably ooze black liquid from cracks and vents. Thats all normal. I haven't had any trouble with smell since I started adding more ruffage, but the flies were fairly bad this summer. Remember: No meat, wheat, or citrus, and a handful or leaves or grass clippings per small load.