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Alright! This is John Kohler with growingyourgreens. com! Today we have another exciting episode for you. And what we’re going to do today is an episode a lot of you guys have been waiting for.
It’s the ultimate composter review! Like ever! So what we’re looking at behind me is my compost alley. And this the alley way that I dedicate to making compost to add organic matter and add back fertility to my garden. You know, the majority of all my vegetable scraps and waste matter and trees on the property get chipped up and, you know, food in the kitchen that I chop up and use and have the peels and all this stuff. They all go in these composters, all 12 of them, as you guys are seeing all the way down the row. Now compost is an essential part of organic gardening. But more than just the compost, you do need other things in my opinion, you know. I provide my plants a plant based compost. So I’m growing plants from plants. That’s what I’m feeding them. I’m feeding them other plants. I’m not feeding them, you know, other kinds of things, you know, manure sources and all this stuff that was plants that actually went through an animal that then is actually then getting composted, which may be good or may be bad. A lot of industrial manures in my opinion are not good because they may be contaminated with GMOs, heavy metals, pesticides or even more importantly, herbicides. Some herbicides will go through animals, it will come out in their poo, and then you’ll compost it, it won’t compost out. You’re putting it in your garden and it will kill all your plants. So not too fun. That’s why, you know, everything I compost, 99% of it I exactly know what it is because it’s coming from my garden or the food that I’m eating personally. So I use these composters to turn it into compost. But I also add other things besides the compost that are critical to my organic biologic gardening style. Number one, trace minerals, which actually it’s a really good idea to add rock dust in when you’re making your compost. Another thing that’s really good to add in while you’re making your compost, you know, is the biochar, that will kind of incorporate the biochar and the rock dust in with the mixture and help break it down and get it more accessible and available for your plants. Of course microbes are also key and fundamental to my gardening style. So besides just the compost here I’m making vermacompost or worm compost, worm castings, you know, in my gardening beds. I don’t have a worm farm, worm tower, anything like that, which you guys might want to have. I prefer to have the worms in the soil where they’re making the compost where they’re, they need it and where I need it, you know, to feed the plant roots. And they’re breaking down the organic matter to cycle nutrients. In addition, I add things like compost teas and other biology, spray on biology, to further enrich my garden once I have it sit out. Anyways if you want to learn more about that stuff, be sure to check my other websites. I have over 1100 websites now explaining to you guys all aspects on how you guys could grow your own food at home, many specifically on biologic organic gardening, which is a step above just organic gardening. And like at least 15 steps above conventional gardening and using synthetic nutrients in my opinion. Anyways, let’s go and head into the compost ally. And we’re going to go ahead and count down like David Letterman style or Johnny Carson style, if you’re that old, from like my least favorite to my top favorite composter in my compost alley. So my least favorite composter in my whole compost alley that actually I don’t use anymore, I just set it up for this website, is this guy. This is just a static bin. So basically just pieces of, four pieces of plastic, a bottom and a top that you could actually just open up and put your compost in there to compost. This was the first composter I got here in the desert. And, you know, I mean, this guy kept piling stuff on and because it’s so dry here in the desert it didn’t hold the moisture too well, it would just dry out and I’d have like a lot of dehydrated fruit and vegetable scraps and yard wastes and yard clippings and stuff in there. And so it didn’t really work too well. Because, you know, besides just adding your carbon items, which is your wood chips and leaves and things like that, and nitrogenous or nitrogen food scraps and other green clippings, you need to have a few other things.
You need to have water or the right moisture content. And you also need to have the right air circulation. So like in a bin like this, yeah there’s a few holes and air gets in there. But if you got a really thick dense pack, it’s going to go aerobic on you and kind of smell bad and not really compost. So you should get in there and try to like flip it and turn it every once in a while, which I was terrible at doing. Not to say that this style does not work, if, if used improperly, you know, it will work, it just takes a while longer. And I don’t got time to waste in my life. I got a, I got a lot of compost and food scraps and yard waste coming up and I want to keep turning it and cycling it. This one’s made by Keter. And, you know, on this guy the, the little flap thing to lock it broke and the hinges broke. Basically this thing’s a piece, p. o. s, piece of junk, yeah. So yeah, least favorite composter, number 12. Not going to say it won’t work for you. But in this climate it definitely didn’t work for me. And it does entail a little bit more work. The benefit is actually they are quite inexpensive. But if you’re going to do something like this, man, you don’t need a compost thing like this, man. Just build a pile, 4 foot by 4 foot pile, and keep adding stuff on, you don’t really even need a bin to do that. Or, you know, get some galvanized fencing wire and just make like a circle and put it in there, right. I don’t know, whatever. So that’s my opinions on this. There’s many different ways of composting. Mainly we’re going to talk about composting in a residential house where you don’t want to get, you know, rats and mice and vermin and pests and bugs and all this kind of stuff. So that’s why I choose to, you know, do an enclosed composter. So if you guys have acreage, you know, you’re going to want to wait till I have my farm and do websites on composting on a wide scale. Because I, I probably, I might have one composter at my, at my farm, but I’ll be doing it totally different, right. Alright! Let’s move on to number 11, least favorite composter. So the 11th least favorite composter is this guy. The Sun-Mar 400. This guy is huge! And you could slide this thing open, you know, put comp, put your food scraps in there. And this is a tumbling composter. And this is the style that I prefer to use in a residential area. And would, you know, encourage you guys to get if you guys are in a residential area or even on a big farm and you don’t want to deal with vermin and things that are getting in and eating your food scraps. Because they will do that. Here we got, you know, I’ve seen a lot of cockroaches actually. So they don’t get in my tumblers. So, but there’s other things that actually get in my composters actually. I will tell you about that in a second. But anyways, in this Sun-Mar 400, the main reason why I don’t like it and I’ll post links to all the website reviews of all these composters that I’ve done individually at different times when I’ve gotten them. I have websites on most all of them, not all of them. But yeah check the, check down below in the description for links to the specific websites about them. But anyways, this works fine. There’s like an, there’s like a, it’s like a big, it’s like a big tube. And then inside the tube there’s a smaller tube. So what happens is on the outer tube that’s where all the stuff is composting. And then when the stuff composts all the way goes in the inner tube and then kind of, it’s kind of supposed to work it’s way back out the center chamber here. So this is called a continuous composting system, which is kind of good in theory but not good in design. So like it sounds good on paper and they have a good marketing ploy, but in real world it just really didn’t work that well. I mean, it worked but it didn’t work as well as compared to some of my other composters that you guys are going to see. Plus these guys are, you know, a pretty penny. I got this one on Craigslist for, I don’t know, pennies and a dollar, based on what it was supposed to sell for. And I was excited because it’s large. And I was like okay I’ll be able to compost a lot. It’s maybe like the third one I, I got. And, you know, soon after I got it actually the handle broke. This is where the handle was. The handle’s inside. And it’s just a part that you can’t really glue because there’s a lot of stress on this. So I called up the company, said hey man, I broke the handle, what’s up. And they’re like well you got to buy a new one. And I looked online and one of the big problems with the Sun-Mar 400 was the handles keep breaking. So if you are the owner of a company and the handles keep breaking, like don’t just keep making the same dumb handles that keep breaking, right. Make it better! Make it out of metal, put a metal rod inside the plastic so it doesn’t break, and send them to all the customers to keep them happy. Or you could just keep charging people for handles that is, you know, defective in design and, you know, just charge them for it. So, you know, this is not the company I want to do business with, not the composter I want to own. So that’s why it’s, you know, it’s at the bottom of my list. Next let’s go to composter number 10 and why it’s my least favorite composter. Alright! So my least favorite composter number 10 is this guy. It’s spinning around. It still works. This guy, this is the probably the first or second composter I got, maybe no the third, because I got that static bin first, then I got this one and another one. This one actually my brother gave me because he won it actually at some kind of contest. And I forget the name of this exactly. I don’t even know if they still make it. But basically what it is, they make, they, they took some 2 by 4 plastic, 2 by 4s, made a frame out of it, used some ent conduit and put a, put a conduit though it to have like a frame. I don’t know if you guys could see the frame there, it’s kind of hidden, right here. And then they just took a 55 gallon drum that like gets reused. They drove a hole in it and they put the thing in there, the hole through there. And they have a pipe going down the middle, which you could kind of see at the bottom if I spin it around, for some aeration. But other than that, can’t get any aeration in there. Yeah and, I mean, this guy does work. I’m not going to say it doesn’t work. For the price, I got it for free, but for the price it was, like it’s a rip off. But if you guys make your own, hey that’d be a good thing. But the main reason why I don’t like this, number one, the, the spin off top it’s cracked in the sun over the hot UV a little over time. And that’s not really that big of a problem. It still holds and I could probably get a replacement if I wanted to. But another thing that’s happened is because these, these bins are not meant for spinning and tumbling on an axis, it’s basically enlarged or engorged the, the hole that was originally made. So it’s kind of like a little bit bigger than it was. That’s still good, it’s alright, you know, if you’re going to do this, use a grommet that would probably help prevent that. But the main reason why I, I don’t like this style is because this is a vertical axis composter. It’s a vertical axis which means it, it’s vertical. So like when you spin it in, when I got this thing full of compost, I mean, it’s empty right now, It’s not empty it has finished compost in there, I got to sift out. But when it’s full of like fresh water weight compost, this thing is a pain in the butt to spin. And furthermore there’s no handles to really get a grip on it, outside on the top. I mean, they got these little funky things on the bottom. But yeah, that’s why I don’t like the vertical axis composters like this guy. I mean, I mean it did work and if you got one free I wouldn’t turn it down. But if you are looking into making your own barrel composter using a 55 gallon metal drum or plastic drum, do yourselves a favor. Don’t put it vertically like this, put it horizontally. It’s going to make it way easier to spin, it’s going to be a little bit less convenient because you’re going to have to like cut, cut a little hatch in there instead of using like the existing top or something. But it’s going to be way better, way easier to spin, all this kind of stuff, right. So that was number 10. Let’s go ahead and share with you guys now my 9, ninth least favorite composter. So my ninth least favorite composter right here. This is known as the Suncast. And this is another vertical axis composter. You know it’s a little bit easier to spin than the barrel, because it’s actually a little bit more fatter and not quite as, you know, tall. But still it’s kind of a pain and I once again I don’t like the vertical axis composters. You know, this one I got on clearance at Lowe’s. I forget how much it was, 20 or 30 bucks. I was like man I can’t pass up a deal on a composter for that cheap. Plus it gives me a place to store some of my extra compost when all my composters are working and not quite finished yet. Because some of them do take longer than others. You know, in certain composters I have, I can make a batch of compost in as short as 30 days. Some take longer like 60 days or 90 days if I don’t get my ratios quite right. And I always want to encourage you guys to, you know, have good ratios, good carbon and nitrogen ratios. You want to have 4 times more carbon than nitrogen. So this means you’re going to need to add a lot of leaves compared to food scraps, food waste. What I like to use instead is actually these compressed wood pellets meant for animal bedding. Which is similar what they use in pellet stoves. But I will get the stuff with animal bedding because we know that stuff is not going to be sprayed with anything because animals are in it. But yeah, this is the Suncast. And you know, I assembled this and it, it took a fair bit of time to assemble, wasn’t that hard. But the challenge I have with this is that this thing takes up a lot of space. Like it’s like I don’t even know how, how deep, this the depth. Then I had to put it sideways in my alleyway because it wouldn’t fit. It’s man it’s probably like pushing 4 feet like wide and it’d be three and half , four feet wide. And it, the composting space is actually quite small. So there’s not a whole lot of space in there. This plastic I hope it’s UV stabilized, but it’s pretty thin. And the lock on top is a nice feature but I don’t know how long this is going to last. But at least it’s something. And I’ve got to play with it. And I like playing with new composters and experimenting with them. It has a nice locking system unlike the, the other vertical one I showed you that that the 55 gallon drum. At least it has a nice connection area that where it’s not going to wear and engorge the hole. It has a lot of screws to assemble. And I mean it works but I’ll definitely be getting rid of this one of these days when I get something better. So yeah, Suncast. Yeah I mean, the other thing is if you get a cheap composter on Craigslist, that’s where I got a lot of these guys, right, just go with it, right. If that’s all you could afford, right. But if you want something better, hold out and, and keep waiting until I show you guys my number one, two and three favorite composters, alright. So that was number 9. Let’s go to number 8. So my eighth least favorite composter is this guy. This is known as the ComposTumbler. And I guess they make a couple different models. I got this model pretty cheap on Craigslist. And basically it’s a horizontal axis tumbler, so I like this style. It’s a, you know, fairly good design. You could open it here. And, you know, for my liking it’s a bit small. I produce way too much compost. But using this with other composters is pretty good for me. The challenge with this is that I think it has fairly shoddy construction. Like I bought this guy at home, filled it up with compost. And was tumbling it, and then one of the panels just totally popped out. So some of the screw things came apart and I’m kind of wondering some of these pieces look like they’re made out of plastic and they’re kind of chintzy. So I’m kind of really wondering about the long term durability. In addition some of the parts inside there are rusting. Definitely not, not too good. So I’m going to have to probably rebuild this, buy some new parts or do something to it. But this would terrible if you guys bought this new and then it started rusting on you and the panels started falling out. So I don’t necessarily recommend this one either. Even though it’s a horizontal. I also don’t like that it’s actually fairly low, so it’s going to be pretty hard to dump out your compost and get it all set up for you guys. But you know, if you guys get it for cheap on Craigslist, probably not too bad of a deal. So this was number 8. Let’s go ahead to number 7. So the seventh least favorite composter is this guy right here. And this is known as the Toter. It’s also a continuous cycle composter. When I learned about this I’m like wow man, that makes so much sense. But in practice and using it, it just really didn’t work that well. This is very similar akin to like the static, the, the number 12 that I showed you guys because you don’t really get in there and turn it. I mean, this, they have this little handle on the top here that you’re supposed to spin and it’s supposed to help you get the compost out. And I mean, seems pretty good. But basically Toter’s a big company, they make all these garbage totes or garbage cans, you know, industrial style. And they’ve made it an industrial style composter but I find that it just didn’t really work as well as I thought it would, you know. I’m pretty lazy, you know, I’ll come out and give my composters a spin. But I’m not going to get in there with a fork or a shovel and start flipping my composter around, right. I want it to work without me having to do anything because I’m lazy. Probably like you guys. And so this one just really didn’t work that well. At least it didn’t mess up like some of the other ones I’ve showed you. But I, I still wouldn’t really recommend that, this unit. You know, it does have a little flap on the bottom where you could actually open the door up and the compost is going to fall out on the bottom. And, you know, for what it is, it’s fairly expensive. And I don’t even know if they’re still selling it these days. But yeah, not, not one that I’d recommend. And I do have a website on this. I’ll put a link down below when I got it and originally set it up. It was all a rage back then. Alright so that’s this guy. Oh and there’s my cutters that I, that I lost behind. Alright. Cool. Yeah, lost my cutters. Alright, so that was the bottom six. So those are the ones that I don’t recommend. Now we’re going to get into the top 6. And these are the ones that I would start to recommend. Each one has their own set of pros and cons. And so let’s go ahead and take a look at my sixth favorite composter. So my sixth favorite composter is right here. This is called the Achla Designs, A-c-h-l-a Designs. And I don’t know if they make this anymore but this is another one I found on Craigslist for pretty cheap. It’s a horizontal axis, and it has really nice little handles, you could spin it. It’s basically like I think one big piece of plastic that’s like molded. So this is really cool. It’s solid, you know, it’s, it’s a single panel of plastic so there’s no insulation in there. Let’s see, the challenges I have with this is let’s see this, the opening, the hatch just like slides off and I’m pretty tight on my space here so I can’t really slide it off because I’ll run it into the composter next to it. But the other thing is that it’s actually, wow it’s still warm in there, it’s actually a little bit small. So it doesn’t hold a lot of compost. And I like to compost on the big, man, like I don’t, I go through a lot of fruits and vegetables. I have a lot of food scraps and yard waste and things from my garden I got to compost continually. Just owning this guy wouldn’t cut it. That’s why I have 12. I rotate through the different ones. Like okay this one’s heated up and this one’s not currently working. And I do like that this is raised up so you could kind of get some container underneath there to empty it out, you know. I can’t really say anything bad about this, can’t really say anything good. There’s other companies that make ones like this. They may look like this but they may not be like this. This is a one piece unit so I like that. Some of them are, some of them that look like this these days you construct them and they’re kind of chintzy. And they’re usually around $100. And they’re pretty small. I mean, I don’t know, maybe you got an apartment you might get a small one like that. But I don’t recommend it. So anyways, let’s go to my number 5 favorite composter. This is where it gets into some of the ones that I really like. Fifth favorite composter, you know, I love and I hate this composter at the same time. This is the Lifetime Dual Barrel Composter. So it’s like it comes with both these sides. And how this is supposed to work, you’re supposed to have one side. And what you’re going to do is you’re going to go ahead and if I could open it up, you’re going to fill it up. And I got active compost in there. You’re going to fill it up and compost in this side. Once you fill it up and it’s all done, you’re going to go ahead and just spin that once a day and then you’re going to start filling up the other side. Once this side’s filled up then you could go back to this side that you’ve been spinning continuously while you’re filling this side up, and this guy should be done. And then you empty this guy out. Then you start reloading it and you spin this every day. And so it’s like you keep teeter totting back and forth. So this, in my opinion, is the smartest way to make compost. The challenge I have with this Lifetime, I like it because it’s actually large, I don’t like it because basically it’s very poor construction. Number one, there’s like all this metal here in the, the hinge assembly and what not, I don’t know if you guys probably can’t see that in the website, but it rusts to hell. Like really bad, really bad rust. And I don’t want to spray no WD-40 on there, petroleum distillates that’s going to get in my compost. So I actually I’ve found some, some lambs wool lubricant. They make it out of lambs wool or lanolin or something. And that’s like, you know, a natural lubricant. You can probably use some kind of cooking oil too. But this lambs oil stuff really penetrates. The other reason why is like this thing I had to like put some shipping tape on there, because these little, these corner pieces, oops, these corner pieces are, something actually missing, there’s one on this side, I don’t know if you guys could see that right there, they keep popping out, man. And like they go back in and then they keep popping out, POS, man. I don’t really recommend this. If you’re going to buy one of these, don’t. If you get one on Craigslist for a good price, do it, they’re decent and you might want to reinforce with glue the corner pieces and lubricate up all the, the metal so they don’t rust or do something to it. And then actually it’s going to work fairly decent, you know. When this was at it’s prime, before it got a couple years old and the sun started degrading it, it worked pretty good. I got it on Craigslist actually but I wouldn’t recommend it really at this point unless you got them for real cheap. Alright! Let’s go ahead and go to my fourth favorite composter. So my fourth favorite composter, one that actually I would start to recommend for the most part, I run all the composters through it’s test, man, I really pile stuff in there and see what’s going to happen. This is the Lifetime Dual Barrel Composter. Instead of like the previous one that’s kind of square, these ones actually have like barrels, plastic barrels. I’ll post a link down below to the website when I assembled this unit. This one was available at Costco, probably still is currently, if you guys are reading this. And maybe they’re put on clearance because it’s, you know, a spring time item and we’re kind of getting into summer now, so they’re trying to clear out some of that stuff. $150 at Costco, online it’s going to cost you a lot more. For a $150 it’s a decent price. But this one also did give me some challenges. Number one, they really corrected a lot of the problems with the previous model with corners popping out and this kind of stuff. It’s a much better design. It reminds you like riding a log ride at like one of those amusement parks when I was a kid. It kind of has that like fake woodgrain and it’s plastic. It all goes together fairly easy. It took a little bit of time, you know, once again that link is down below. It works pretty good, you know. It’s got pop open latches that are really secure, so they’re not gong to like have problems like the previous model, you know. This is the active composting in here. This is kind of like a dual, wow it’s quite warm in there, it’s a dual wall. So they have one wall on the outside, then a wall on the inside. But there’s no insulation in there. So this kind of is why I like that a lot. And they have latches here. Now the challenge that I have with this, this is not just the first time but it’s the second that this thing has busted out on me. So even though I crank these guys down to as hard as I could, the barrel here pops out of this, this end piece. And yeah, so like this thing is like leaking out. Now I got to like empty it all out, reassemble it, turn it tighten this back further, and I think it’s kind of like stripped out or something like that, because it’s poor quality screws and like when I go to tighten it up it just, it’s just wrenching out the head. And I tried to call up Lifetime customer support, and they basically didn’t respond until like six months later. And they’re like hey we’re going to close out your customer support request. And I’m like this is the first I’ve heard from you guys, man. I’m like, I’m like whatever, man, you guys are lame. And then they just, I’m like I need parts for this thing, I need a screw and these things and they just like never sent them. So yeah, Lifetime, poor customer service, they really need to get up on their game. Although, you know, this, this model, much better than the previous model. It’s currently available. It’s the lowest price composter with the most area that you could compost. So for that reason I really like it and would have recommended it for you guys, you know, if you’re on a budget, wanting to get something new. And if of course if you buy it at Costco, you get the Costco forever guarantee. If it ever messes up, save your receipt, take it back and maybe next year they’ll make improvements to this one and hopefully they’ll also improve their customer service. Alright! So my third favorite composter is right here. It’s also a Lifetime Composter. I think this is like the first, second, third composter I got actually I got at Costco. And they don’t sell this model anymore at Costco. They sell that new model I just showed you guys. But this is still available online. And I like, this is my favorite Lifetime model. Although I have also had problems with this. Like the latch is not aligning properly. , the plastic busting out and it leaked all over. You know, I got it reassembled and then after haven’t had problems since then. So that’s really good. We could unlatch these guys and show you guys, this is their largest single bin composter. I kind of like those dual bins. But this is a large single bin. And man, this stuff is quite warm. Still composting, breaking down. And definitely the heat of the summer helps that out. But yeah I really like this guy because it’s just large. Once agin, it has that kind of like dual panel, so there’s like not just a single piece of plastic, there’s a sheet on the outside, sheet on the inside. This kind of helps provide some insulation but not a whole lot. It helps yeah a little bit. Plus this has such a gigantic area and mass of different, you know, items you’re going to be composting. It really gets up the temperature really quite well. So I mean I really can’t say anything about this guy except when I had issues with this contacted Lifetime they never responded. So shame on you Lifetime. I like it to this day, it’s my third favorite Lifetime composter. This one’s good if you just want to do a single batch and want more durability than the other ones that I’ve showed you guys. Now on to my top two favorite composters! These are definitely the ones you’re going to want to get if you’re serious about composting. So now I’m going to share with you guys my second favorite composter that I have tested and I’ve found in the whole wide world at this point. This is known as the Joraform Compost Tumbler. This is the model 270. That’s two hundred and seventy liters. I don’t know how many whatever like gallons it is. But anyways, this is, I like this because it’s all made out of metal. This has never had any rust issues. It’s powder coated metal and more importantly than just being metal on the outside, you know, we got these nice latches. We could unlatch this and on the inside, as you guys could see, they got this nice foam stuff. This is not just the standard foam, it’s a special material that they use to insulate the composter. So this keeps it warmer on the inside. The Joraform Composter was designed in Sweden, so that you could compost even in the snow in Sweden provided you got a nice mixture in there. I like this because it’s insulated, made out of metal. It’s actually high off the ground so it’s easier to dump your compost when you’re ready. And plus there’s no bending over. The other thing I like this a lot other than other composters, is they got a lot of handles so that you could spin it. I mean, a lot of those other plastic ones, they don’t have any external handles. They have like these things that you kind of grab into, built into the molded plastic. I mean, it works and stuff but some of those composters like the last one, the Lifetime, that gets quite heavy to use those little hand holds that are kind of like a little bit chintzy. These have real handles that you could sit and spin. So you could, you could have two handles on the doors that you could spin it around. And then ever other panel has one handle. So I could just go like this. And you could go really fast. And this is how I get my exercise, spinning my composter. But yeah, this guy works really great, easy to spin, high off the ground. I mean, I can’t really say that much more about it. I mean, check the link down below for the website when I assembled this originally. What I do want to say is that you know, this composter makes compost faster than any of the other composters that I have. Oh my alarm’s going off. And that’s because of the insulation. Now this has two chambers, kind of like, you know, the, the dual barrels. This has one barrel, or one chamber. But the chambers are separated into two. One and two, and they have like a little partition here. So once again, on this side you would fill it up. And once you’re done filling it up, you would close it, continue to spin it every day. Then this side you start to fill up and when you’re done filling this side up, this side should be ready theoretically, alright. This, this is the composter I could make compost in as short as 30 days. And let me go ahead and show you guys like the temperature in here, man. I mean, I open this up and it’s actually quite warm. So I want to show you guys this real quick. So one of the things I recommend you guys get is a compost thermometer so you guys could know how your compost is doing. And if your compost is not doing good, then you could make adjustments. And I do have a website, hopefully I’ll remember it and I’ll put a link down below on how to adjust your compost pile. Whether you need to add more greens, more browns, maybe add a little bit more moisture or what to get it working properly, based on the specifics. Alright. Let’s go ahead and put this guy in. And as you guys could see, let’s go ahead and put this in. As you guys could see on the meter there, we stick that in there, it’s currently we’re at like at 110 degrees. And look at that meter closely. We’re going to fast forward the website a little bit. But you guys could see it’s already up to 120. It was at 110 when we started I think. Still going up, 130. Alright! So as you guys could see I think it’s like tacking out at about a 143 or something like that. And if we look at our guide on the bottom, oops. So as you guys could see it’s pretty much tacked out at 143, it’s actually quite warm if I stick my hand in there, I could feel the heat. The heat is on in the Joraform. And if we look at the 140, there’s like a little sayings on here. It says cold study active hot. So we have a hot compost pile. But not too hot, you know. you don’t want your compost pile too hot. But this is, you know, in the hot range, you know, around a 140, that’s great, you know. 160 to 200, that’s getting too hot. But yeah this Joraform just cooks your compost down so you have fast batches and some of the best compost, easiest compost that I ever made. Alright, so this is the Joraform JK270. Let’s go ahead and move on to my number one favorite composter in the world! So my number one favorite composter in the whole world that I’ve found to date is this guy! You’re like, John, didn’t we just see that? No, man, you guys saw the Joraform JK270. This is the JK400! The large model. So this is like if you guys run through a lot of compost, you’re going to want to get this model. For most people you guys won’t want to get it, it’s a little bit spendy. The other model is much more affordable. They do the same thing but this guy is huge. Now if you’re a lady, maybe not that strong, you may not want to get this one because when this guy is full, it’s actually quite heavy to spin. But once again, it has those easy to spin handles. And furthermore, on the side here it has like on a ship, it has those like the steering wheel on the ship, it has these little things that you could sit here and pull. So like instead of doing pull-ups, I’m out here pulling my composter. And you could work a lot of different muscle groups, man, just with your composters, pulling it this different ways. I mean, I’m sitting here pulling, but instead of pulling I could sit here and push. Oh that’s working different muscles, man, I don’t do this too often. Oh who needs to go to the gym when you got a Joraform composter, alright! Yeah this guy is still cooking down. It’s actually quite full. Let me go ahead and show you guys. This one’s not as hot because that’s my current pile that I got running right now. But in here, once again, fully insulated. And this is actually a warm pile. This is probably the active. Whereas the other one was hot. You know, it’s much like many of the other ones. Once again, this has two sides. This holds I think 400 liters. So it’s even larger. I like this size better because your pile because you have more mass of things breaking down to get hotter and can finish a little bit faster. Not a whole lot faster, but these Joraforms can finish for me in as little as 30 days. I mean, this is a metal. Now I did have some challenges with my Joraform JK400 model. It was starting to develop some rust. So I don’t know what that was about. But I contacted the company and they said oh John, no problem, you know, that should not happen with our composters in the time frame you’ve had it. And they sent me new panels to put on. So Joraform unlike Lifetime has high level top rate customer service should you have an issue. As I mentioned before, my other model never had any rust issues so I don’t know why this one did. Maybe they had a bad batch that they made or they didn’t process or treat it right or coat it right or something. But yeah, this guy works really great and is my number one favorite composter. You know I always want to encourage you guys to buy something that’s going to last a long time. And the Joraform Composters, you know, they will set you back more money but they’re going to last a long time, unlike some of those cheap inexpensive plastic ones that I showed you guys earlier. The other thing I’d like to mention is that to collect my compost I get these large concrete mixing tubs at your local Big Box, Home Improvement Store, Lowe’s or Home Depot. Not the small ones but the large one. I put those underneath here and dump all my compost in. And then from that point I sift it out. And that makes collecting it a lot easier. I wish, you know, there, these were tall enough to really get a wheelbarrow under. I think the JK400 is. The 270 might not quite be tall enough, depending on how tall your wheelbarrow is. But yeah, that’s pretty much it. It’s getting dark. I’m getting hungry. If you guys enjoyed this ultimate composter review showdown, please give me a thumbs up to let me know. I’ll be sure to review composters in the future when I get more because I will be getting, now that I made this website I’m getting rid of some of the ones that I hated, probably the bottom six, and I’m going to replacing those with even new and better ones and I’ll have an updated review for you guys in a few years with my new favorites. Because, you know, there’s new composters coming out all the time. And I want to encourage every company that makes composters to always take it up to the next level. How can you make your composter better, more efficient, be able to compost faster, more heavy duty, not going to fall apart on me or anybody else, and just work. Because that’s what we all want. And all these companies put out some defective cheap plastic junk that keeps falling apart on me. And I don’t really appreciate it, and I know you guys don’t either. Now you guys know the truth. You guys know my personal experiences with my composters producing a lot of compost in my back yard here. So hope you guys enjoyed this episode. Once again, my name is John Kohler with growingyourgreens. com. Be sure to check my past episodes, they are a wealth of knowledge. Be sure to check the links down below for websites to some of the specific composters that I’ve talked about. Be sure to click that Subscribe button right down below to be notified of my new and upcoming episodes I have coming out about every three to four days. And also be sure to share this with a friend, if somebody that you know is looking for a composter. This will give them everything they need to know to the best composters and what to look for when buying one. Also to be sure to check that link down below for my website on how to compost properly. That’s very important. Even if you get one of the best composters, if you’re not doing it properly it’s going, you’re going to have a compost fail on your hands. So anyways, once again, my name is John Kohler with growingyourgreens. com. We’ll see you next time and until then remember- keep on composting. .