ComposTumbler Reviews – Is The Compact 02001 Compost Tumbler the One For You?
The ComposTumbler Compact is in the middle of the range of compost tumblers that ComposTumbler make â€“ the smallest being a cute little 5 cubic feet and the biggest being a whopping great 22 cubic feet!
So the Compact Â is for people who are committed to composting but perhaps do not have the volume of vegetable or leaf waste needed for the bigger model. The first thing that strikes me is the construction â€“ it is made of galvanised steel.
So Why Do They Use Galvanised Steel for the Compact?
Galvanised metal has been used for a long time to provide rust proofing. Steel will rust when exposed to the weather unless coated in some way. One of the traditional ways of protecting steel is to provide a coating consisting of a layer of zinc. This weather proofs the metal and it is now called galvanised steel.
Will it ever rust? If the coating is damaged or pierced then the rusting will start around the place that is damaged and will slowly spread from there. Galvanised steel is an alternative to plastic, which of course will not rust either.
And Why Mount the Compact on Legs?
Some compost tumblers have legs and some donâ€™t. Having the tumbler on legs allows you to use it without bending over and perhaps giving yourself backache.
It also comes down to your preference on how you want to turn the compost bin. The 02001 has a handle mounted at waist height Having a handle is the best for some folks â€“ a few revs of the handle every day is all it takes. Other tumblers take more effort. Having the ComposTumbler on legs makes the tumbling easy.
Composting is a natural process where nature works hard to make compost for you with no effort at all on your part. But if you want fast compost then you have to join in the process and do some work too.
And that means turning the compost!
The old fashioned way to do this with a compost pile is to dig the pile over and over and mix it thoroughly. This is of course quite hard work. This might be fine if you are fit enough but perhaps you have hip or back problems so digging is out. Or perhaps you just donâ€™t like digging!
Then a compost tumbler is the solution to the problem. You can do your bit to help the environment and Â help to speed up your compost simply by turning your compost tumbler.
Imagine the clothes whirling and tumbling around in your washing machine â€“ well that is happening with your compost at a much slower speed when you turn your compost tumbler! The tumbling mixes the leaves, weeds, dog poop, coffee groundsâ€¦etc. so that the composting does not have to work on a big mass of one particular material.
One thing the ComposTumbler does have in common with some washing machines is fins to help mix the compost as it turns. We want to get as much air into the bin as possible and to break up any big globs of compost sticking together. The turning and the fins help.
Letâ€™s look at the features of the ComposTumbler CompactÂ 02001
- Galvanized metal construction with legs of tubular steel
- Capacity is 12 cubic feet or 88 gallons or 9.5 bushels ( I have no idea what a bushel is, but some folk love them!)
- Measurements: the Compact is a 30 inch diameter drum and the measurements given by the manufacturer and by Amazon are 43 inches high x 42 inches wide x 33 inches deep and refer to the footprint of the tumbler.
- Easy to turn gear driven handle
- Vents in the drum allow essential air flow
- Screened end cap prevents the contents from spilling out
- Guaranteed for 5 years
Who is the Compact ComposTumbler For?
- This is a medium sized composter and will suit a small or medium sized family and their garden. If you have a lot of waste then consider getting the ComposTumbler Original 01001.
- If you want a composter mounted on legs at waist level
- And clearly for gardeners who want a tumbler
What I like About the Compact ComposTumbler
- I like the galvanised steel construction
- The gears on the handle making it easy to use
- The guarantee â€“ 5 years and it is a well established company
What I Donâ€™t Like about the Compact ComposTumbler
- It is self assembly â€“ no biggie but you do have to get the tools out
Altogether this looks like a well designed product that has seen the test of time. It sells all round the world and comes with a 5 year guarantee. One happy customer commented that it is â€œThe best darn composter there is! And is was cheaper buying it through Amazon than direct from companyâ€
And if you have experience with this compost tumbler feel free to share it in the comments section below…