What’s The Best Composter To Use?
There are so many things that you can use that will help you simply your efforts on how to make compost. These equipments range from simple compost monitoring such as thermometers and moisture meters, to other equipments that will make manual labor easy such as compost turners, piles, and bins.
Living in a farm or country can be beneficial for making compost because you can just do a heap a mound at your backyard. Turning that heap, though, will need quite a bit of elbow grease, something that can be lessened with the use of a compost aerator.
But if you live in the city or suburbs with finicky neighbors, you need to keep your compost in a container. One of the best containers for discreetly making compost is a compost bin. You can make one by yourself at your own back yard, or you can purchase one that will look comfortable in your back yard. Most compost bins have layered drawers so that you don’t have to wait long to use a batch of compost.
There are also composting tumblers that you can either roll over on a base or flip from top to bottom to make composting fun and easy. Most of these tumblers and containers have collectors at the bottom that will gather all that wonderful compost tea that’s seeping out of your composter. I wanted to give you a breakdown of the various types of home composters available with a breakdown of the advantages and disadvantages of each.
Kitchen Compost Bin
Advantages: Kitchen compost bins are a great way to collect your kitchen scraps as you go. While you’re cooking or eating you have an easy way to dispose of your fruit scraps, peanut shells, vegetable stalks, coffee grinds and egg shells. They’re attractive and designed to fit in any kitchen including stainless steel, ceramic bins or under the sink plastic kitchen compost bins. They require very little space and will save you trips to your outdoor compost pile or bin. Additionally, most are designed to contain odors for up to 6 months.
Disadvantages: Limited for the most part to one or two gallons of waste materials so require frequent emptying. Additonally, decomposition within the container itself will be very slow.
Stainless Steel Kitchen Compost Bin (Shown Here) – $29.95
Ceramic Kitchen Countertop Compost (White) - $21.95
Ceramic Kitchen Countertop Compost (Black) – $34.95
Dark Green Plastic Kitchen Compost Bucket (2 1/3 Gallons) – $9.95
Enclosed Compost Bin
Advantages: This is composting in one of it’s most basic forms. The low price makes this an attractive compost bin. It’s also not so bad looking and requires very little space. The lid keeps the animals and the rain away. Low maintenance since you don’t have to turn the unit. A perfect compost bin for those who don’t want a compost pile in their yard. Some of the enclosed bins also come on wheels so you can easily move the composter to your yard waste for easy cleanup.
Disadvantages: You’ll have much slower decompostion with this type of bin. No maintenance means no compost for six months up to two years. Not for the gardener who’s in a hurry to add compost to the plants.
WIBO Compost Bin- 110 Gallons (Shown Here) – $119.95
90 Gallon Feelgood Compost Bin – $55.96
Aerobin 400 Compost Bin – 113 Gallons – $389.00
Backyard Open Air Compost Bin
Advantages: Large capacity. Easy to toss your yard waste and kitchen waste into this type of bin. Also easy to turn the compost in. Provides maximum support, reliability and longevity.
Disadvantages: Less sightly than an enclosed compost bin. Also open air means open access to animals/rain and the odors won’t be contained.
Dura-Trel 24 Cubic Open Air Composter (Shown Here) – $199.95
Dura-Trel 12 Cubic Open Air Composter (White & Mocha) – $129.95
Dura-Trel Wood Reinforced PVC 12.5 ‘ Open Air Composter – $249.00
Advantages: The tumbler composter is a great home composter for those in a hurry to create compost. This unit requires very little space and are designed to turn your waste contents. By turning the contents you are aerating your waste and providing the bacteria with the oxygen necessary to speed up the decompostion process. The lid keeps out the rain and keeps critters out too. Tumbler composters are available in many different styles and sizes.
Disadvantages: Once the unit is full you’ll need to wait until decomposition is complete before adding more materials (unlike some composters that have trays to remove the compost such as worm composters and some enclosed composters). Tip: store your wastes in another container with a tight lid during this time.
Sun-Mar Autoflow Composter 200 (Shown Here) – $359.95
Jora Compost Tumbler (33 Gallons) – $285.00
Tumbleweed Composter – $169.00
Ecomposter Compost Tumbler With Spinning Base – $195.00
More Tumbling Composters
There are many other variations of compost bins that are not shown or discussed here. If you’re not seeing what you’re looking for, you can view all compost bins here at Master Gardener or here at Earth Easy.
If you’re using a stationary bin or drum for composting, you might want to try out a compost aerator. It’s very long and has prongs at the end that will really sift the compost even at the tightest spots in your bin. Love to compost but hate preparing the materials? Then break all your brown and green materials using a compost shredder. It is sort of expensive, but this can save you a lot of time if you’re processing a huge batch of materials. Depending on your needs, these materials can really help change your outlook on how to make compost right at your very own home..