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    Default Compost tumblers - are they worth it?

    I'm thinking of getting a compost tumbler - are they more faff than they're worth? How much stuff do you need to put in to keep it hot, and is it the same mix of stuff as you put in regular composters?
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    Default Compost tumbers

    I've never used one, and won't.

    Where I work they had a composting demonstration site with a couple of different composters to play with.

    My thoughts:
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    Expensive to purchase.
    Some models difficult to fill
    Difficult to empty
    Need to actually rotate it
    Can dry out
    Can stay soggy
    Worms cannot access material
    Takes up more space due to rotation room needed.
    Looks ridiculous

    Pros....
    Erm.....

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    Haha thanks for the input Seasprout. Anyone got any positive thoughts?

    On the cost front, it's peanuts cos it's second hand - I'm more interested in whether it'd end up sitting unused in the corner of the plot with a pile of sludge in it.
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    If I could get one for free I would give it a go just to see what the fuss is all about, I would imagine they work best if you have it local and turn it each time you pass it.
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    I'm at the plot at least once most days through the season, so it would get turned - not sure we generate enough scraps to feed it though - about one kitchen compost bucket a week?
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    son picked one up a while ago for free,the centre shaft was rotted away,so i cut a bit of tent pole to fit,and hey presto,I agree with S Sprout, it is rather high for little me to reach up,and hard to turn,i would not purposefully pay money for 1,but thought would just give it a try,as is supposed to be ready a lot quicker,but i have a feeling what will happen to it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lottie dolly View Post
    i have a feeling what will happen to it.
    sitting unused in the corner of the plot with a pile of sludge in it?
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    bario you're a mind reader I was just about to ask that very same thing.
    It's not looking good for the tumbler is it ?

    Back to the drawing board. I really need to increase speed of compost production.
    I've worked out how much I spend on compost each year
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