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    I've got 2 ecomax, 1 blackwall and a homemade double wooden compost bin. While doing my annual compost shuffle ( very lax, I know ), I've noticed a considerable difference in quality and degree of compostedness ( made up word ).
    The blackwall is so much better than the others. I've never really noticed before. The 3 dalek type all have the same stuff in them ( decanted from the wooden one ) filled at the same time and left for the same time.
    Does anyone have a preference to which dalek composter they use?
    To be honest I didn't realise there was any difference, a daleks a dalek and it does the same job. It turns out, yet again I was wrong .
    While we're on the subject would anyone recommend one of the tumbling type?
    Please no one mention a hot bin, I'm already very tempted by one of those!

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    I have 2 blackwalls because that's what the council was offering at reduced price 10 years or so ago. I'm a bit idle about composting, I tend to shove stuff in without bothering to chop it up, and it only gets turned when I have space to do it, which is maybe twice a year, but I do occasionally push a thickish stick down into it and waggle it about, to create air pockets and help it settle. Lots of tiger worms in there so I let them get on with it.
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    All bar one of my 7 daleks are Blackwall. The one that isn't seems to churn out good compost but a little more slowly and I wonder if that's because it's green not black? My neighbour has a tumbler but doesn't use it much- the rats find it v easy to get in for a buffet of her kitchen waste. Would be interested to hear how others do with theirs.

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    Interesting sparrow because my blackwall is green ( very faded on outside) and the other 2 are black.

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    I've 3 Blackwall composers and 3 smaller cubes I put in last year.

    I tend just to pack stuff in and every now and then I use a compost turner to jiggle it about.

    Any difference between the bins environments e.g amount of sun/shade? An extra 1/4 hour of warmth a day can make a big difference over the year
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    Mine are in full sun for most of summer, which is when I try and keep them as full as can be! My green one is the same diameter all the way up whereas the blackwalls taper. Perhaps they can keep more heat in the ire that way?

    Have to say, this is the first year I am making all of my own MPC out of garden compost, stable manure and leafmould, with the odd spade of soil added. So far it's been fab.
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    I've got Blackwalls from the council then a Rotol i bought from eb@y for £1, the Rotol seems to turn out compost faster.
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    I know you said not to mention it, but we have a hotbin. We don't have much space in the garden for conventional composting so the hotbin is ideal. It's pretty close to the back door from the kitchen and we don't get bad smells from it. It takes all the kitchen waste, shredded confidential papers and torn up newspapers, egg boxes, etc. We get lovely crumbly compost from it and it all shrinks down really quickly. It really does get hot, too. Opening it on a cool day is like opening the door to a slightly cabbage smelling sauna - great wafts of steam coming out and masses of worms wriggling around.

    I tend to add to it in layers, one 'juicy' (from the kitchen) and one dry, usually shredded paper. A week's kitchen waste gives about 1 full juicy layer and then I just put a week's junk mail and papers on top at the weekend. Best confidential waste disposal ever - thieves will never manage to read my bank details off a pile of worm poo!

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