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Yimby Tumbler Composter, HIGH MARKS ALL THE WAY!

I got it because i like the idea of filling it up on one side and still being able to add kitchen scraps to the other while the first side cooks. However, only a couple weeks worth of kitchen scraps per side and i had to build another compost heap and let this one cook. It’s easy to put together, but it’s a ton of screws. I emptied it today after 4 months of cooking and most of the contents were broken down except for some larger items, egg shells, and some avocado skin. However, the compost was definitely not finished. I don’t think it’s big enough to get a really hot compost going for an extended period of time. Just not enough material can be added and it is it fills up really quickly. It does hold moisture really well and has adjustable vents on the side to regulate air flow.

But i am well pleased with this one. We grow some of our own vegetables and herbs, and since we recycle as much as possible, we wanted to start making our own compost. There are numerous types, designs, and prices available, but i am well pleased with this one. Previously, we used an upright, rectangular design, but it did not allow for easy turning of the material, which is essential for proper composting. This rotary design allows for easy mixing by simply spinning the unit occasionally. It is a space saving size, and the black color really helps to build up heat necessary to break down the material. As with so many things, the instructions could have been much better. Just take a few moments to familiarize yourself with the steps and you will be ok. Strangely enough, the biggest problem was building the supports (maybe i was having a senior moment). It is made up of 6 different pieces in 3 different sizes, and they have to be in precisely the correct configuration to work properly.

My husband is the master gardener and he has a regular box composter but wanted a tumbler composter so we decided on the yimby composter. This is partly his review , the tumbler is in pieces when it comes so you will need to assemble it. He did it with very little problems by himself but recommends a little help at the start of assembly. Right now it is half full and he has tumbled it twice. Tumbling is easy just spin it. He says the overall construction of it is great considering the cost and the only bad remark from my expert is he wishes it was a little bigger. I myself have detected any odors coming from the tumbler and it sits close to house in the full sun.

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“A Good Product at a Good Price, Fantastic little Tumbler, 3 Stars, but could be 2”

We’re using it even in winter. . We are just now assembling it in our living room and directions have few words with tiny illustrations. When you go online to the yimby webpage, there were only ‘error’ messages and we could not get info on how to assemble. It has at least 10 large plastic parts and two bags of small screws & nuts, 80 each. The person trying to assemble is no dummy and is having a tough time and just now is taking some apart that already were assembled. On the bright side, it seems made of quality materials. Somewhat smaller than the photo portrays but will see how it works. That will be later as it is winter now but we’re going to try to start it in garage. I think the yimby company could improve their instructions and web page, this would be easy compared to putting this composter together without good directions. It tumbles nicely and the metal legs are good, lightweight & up from the ground. I think they’re on the right track just need to change a few things with their written material. Composting is a very green thing to do for the planet, we wish them well. It’s a few weeks later & with winter temperatures in teens, we have started composting in our garage. We’ve added dirt from a planter we had on porch.

I purchased this in early may. As several people noted, it is kind of a pain to put together if you don’t watch the you tube video and/or read the online instructions carefully. There is a paper in the box saying there are more detailed instructions online, but really, yimby, put them in the box. So they lost half a star for that. Anyway, as i said, i bought this in may. I’m not a picky composter and don’t fret much about the proper ratio of brown to green. I figured it would take at least several months to begin turning into compost, but surprisingly, it’s getting there already. I have mine placed in a spot that gets sun a majority of the day. We’ve also had a lot of rain, so it’s gotten watered pretty regularly by nature.

Hands down, the easiest way to start composting. After looking for a composter for a loooooong time, finally, we picked up the perfect onewhen the box first arrived, i thought ‘wow, this must be a lot smaller than it appears in the pictures on amazon. ‘ i need not be worried however, as the entire thing comes disassembled and flat packed in a small square box. Assembly took just under an hour, and an untold number of nuts and bolts (over a hundred, at least. Finicky, and it would be wise to ask for a second set of hands, especially when getting started. In the end though, all the effort was worth it. It’s pretty sizable, plenty enough for our needs. The stand is stable, and the bin spins freely. I particularly like the ability to have one bin ‘roasting’ as the other one is being filled with fresh food scraps and yard waste. If you’re looking to get into composting, and don’t want to have to turn large piles with a pitchfork every few days, this is absolutely the way to go. One minor gripe: i was short one nut, so will have to request one from the company. Fortunately they have a sheet in the instructions directing you to a web page to do just that, if needed.

I got it because i like the idea of filling it up on one side and still being able to add kitchen scraps to the other while the first side cooks. However, only a couple weeks worth of kitchen scraps per side and i had to build another compost heap and let this one cook. It’s easy to put together, but it’s a ton of screws. I emptied it today after 4 months of cooking and most of the contents were broken down except for some larger items, egg shells, and some avocado skin. However, the compost was definitely not finished. I don’t think it’s big enough to get a really hot compost going for an extended period of time. Just not enough material can be added and it is it fills up really quickly. It does hold moisture really well and has adjustable vents on the side to regulate air flow.

Very sturdy and easy to assemble. Very sturdy and easy to assemble. It takes time to put together, but it’s because there are several sections and necessary screws/bolts which makes it a better quality product, i think. The plastic is heavy-duty and rigid, and well-made. I read some of the other reviews and decided to spray paint the metal legs a bronzy brown to protect them and help it blend into my landscape in the back yard. It’s easy to put compost ‘ingredients’ in the storage areas and to tumble. I’ve only had it about 4 weeks and have already used completed compost from the one side. I live in florida, so the heat is definitely in great supply here, making composting more easy.

First i must say it was packaged very well,for something that is plastic and metal tubing. Then it was very easy to put it all together. Food waste,green grass,and hand full of old rabbit pellets had it cooking in no time at all. Like this tumbler a lot and think i may get another in the spring. Only thing i will say for a con,is you can not get a wheelbarrow under it. The tumbler is way to low,and you can not get a shovel in it. So we had to put a tarp under it and dump the finish compost on the ground.

My husband is the master gardener and he has a regular box composter but wanted a tumbler composter so we decided on the yimby composter. This is partly his review , the tumbler is in pieces when it comes so you will need to assemble it. He did it with very little problems by himself but recommends a little help at the start of assembly. Right now it is half full and he has tumbled it twice. Tumbling is easy just spin it. He says the overall construction of it is great considering the cost and the only bad remark from my expert is he wishes it was a little bigger. I myself have detected any odors coming from the tumbler and it sits close to house in the full sun.

I purchased this in early may. As several people noted, it is kind of a pain to put together if you don’t watch the you tube video and/or read the online instructions carefully. There is a paper in the box saying there are more detailed instructions online, but really, yimby, put them in the box. So they lost half a star for that. Anyway, as i said, i bought this in may. I’m not a picky composter and don’t fret much about the proper ratio of brown to green. I figured it would take at least several months to begin turning into compost, but surprisingly, it’s getting there already. I have mine placed in a spot that gets sun a majority of the day. We’ve also had a lot of rain, so it’s gotten watered pretty regularly by nature.

I bought this composter because of it’s size (i have a small back yard and garden and a city-wide composting program, so i can already compost things that i wouldn’t want to put into my tumbler), portability (i’m renting, so want to take it with me if i move), dual compartments, and price. After owning for about 4 months, i’ve found that this tumbler does exactly what i’d like it to do. I add scraps from my kitchen as well as yard debris from an over-sized, un-maintained compost pile that came with the house that i am renting. I’ve found that by the time i fill one compartment completely, the other compartment has broken down its contents enough to use as compost for my plants. I’m someone who doesn’t like to read instructions before putting things together (i get this lovely trait from my dad), so yes, i had to take a couple of pieces apart when assembling the tumbler due to aligning it incorrectly, but it didn’t take me more than an hour or two to fully assemble by myself, and has held up great since then. It hasn’t gotten stinky or infested with bugs in the hot summer heat. I honestly can’t think of a negative thing to say about it. Definitely recommended for a small family who wants to make their own quality, garden compost.

We’re using it even in winter. . We are just now assembling it in our living room and directions have few words with tiny illustrations. When you go online to the yimby webpage, there were only ‘error’ messages and we could not get info on how to assemble. It has at least 10 large plastic parts and two bags of small screws & nuts, 80 each. The person trying to assemble is no dummy and is having a tough time and just now is taking some apart that already were assembled. On the bright side, it seems made of quality materials. Somewhat smaller than the photo portrays but will see how it works. That will be later as it is winter now but we’re going to try to start it in garage. I think the yimby company could improve their instructions and web page, this would be easy compared to putting this composter together without good directions. It tumbles nicely and the metal legs are good, lightweight & up from the ground. I think they’re on the right track just need to change a few things with their written material. Composting is a very green thing to do for the planet, we wish them well. It’s a few weeks later & with winter temperatures in teens, we have started composting in our garage. We’ve added dirt from a planter we had on porch.

A good product at a good price. We purchased the yimby composter on june 7, 2015. It shipped on the 9th and we received it about four days later. I am not handy and neither is my wife. It took both of us two hours to assemble the composter with constant reference to the instructions. I doubt that either of us could have assembled it alone. My wife complains that it has small open spaces between the eight panels. That seems to me a design feature not a defect. The composter is designed to let out excess water and let in air. We keep a plastic container underneath to catch excess water. We started using the tumbler the middle of june 2015. We placed it next to the trash cans in full sun, which here in el paso, texas is a lot of sun. We then consulted about a dozen videos on youtube to learn how to compost and discovered there are a dozen different opinions. I was most impressed by john kohler(?) and we have followed his advice. We have a small household but we produce a large quantity vegetable and fruit scraps and coffee grounds. We put all of that into the right chamber and added an equal quantity of dry leaves, dead-headed flowers, grass clippings, pine needles, etc. We also added water almost every day, and jobe’s compost starter, azomite and blood meal a few times. After a month the right chamber was full and we started on the left. Just yesterday, august 23rd, the second chamber became full after a large addition of corn husks and such. I emptied the first chamber into a large pail, about three gallon capacity, and filled the whole thing.

But i am well pleased with this one. We grow some of our own vegetables and herbs, and since we recycle as much as possible, we wanted to start making our own compost. There are numerous types, designs, and prices available, but i am well pleased with this one. Previously, we used an upright, rectangular design, but it did not allow for easy turning of the material, which is essential for proper composting. This rotary design allows for easy mixing by simply spinning the unit occasionally. It is a space saving size, and the black color really helps to build up heat necessary to break down the material. As with so many things, the instructions could have been much better. Just take a few moments to familiarize yourself with the steps and you will be ok. Strangely enough, the biggest problem was building the supports (maybe i was having a senior moment). It is made up of 6 different pieces in 3 different sizes, and they have to be in precisely the correct configuration to work properly.

I bought this composter because of it’s size (i have a small back yard and garden and a city-wide composting program, so i can already compost things that i wouldn’t want to put into my tumbler), portability (i’m renting, so want to take it with me if i move), dual compartments, and price. After owning for about 4 months, i’ve found that this tumbler does exactly what i’d like it to do. I add scraps from my kitchen as well as yard debris from an over-sized, un-maintained compost pile that came with the house that i am renting. I’ve found that by the time i fill one compartment completely, the other compartment has broken down its contents enough to use as compost for my plants. I’m someone who doesn’t like to read instructions before putting things together (i get this lovely trait from my dad), so yes, i had to take a couple of pieces apart when assembling the tumbler due to aligning it incorrectly, but it didn’t take me more than an hour or two to fully assemble by myself, and has held up great since then. It hasn’t gotten stinky or infested with bugs in the hot summer heat. I honestly can’t think of a negative thing to say about it. Definitely recommended for a small family who wants to make their own quality, garden compost.

Hands down, the easiest way to start composting. After looking for a composter for a loooooong time, finally, we picked up the perfect onewhen the box first arrived, i thought ‘wow, this must be a lot smaller than it appears in the pictures on amazon. ‘ i need not be worried however, as the entire thing comes disassembled and flat packed in a small square box. Assembly took just under an hour, and an untold number of nuts and bolts (over a hundred, at least. Finicky, and it would be wise to ask for a second set of hands, especially when getting started. In the end though, all the effort was worth it. It’s pretty sizable, plenty enough for our needs. The stand is stable, and the bin spins freely. I particularly like the ability to have one bin ‘roasting’ as the other one is being filled with fresh food scraps and yard waste. If you’re looking to get into composting, and don’t want to have to turn large piles with a pitchfork every few days, this is absolutely the way to go. One minor gripe: i was short one nut, so will have to request one from the company. Fortunately they have a sheet in the instructions directing you to a web page to do just that, if needed.

A good product at a good price. We purchased the yimby composter on june 7, 2015. It shipped on the 9th and we received it about four days later. I am not handy and neither is my wife. It took both of us two hours to assemble the composter with constant reference to the instructions. I doubt that either of us could have assembled it alone. My wife complains that it has small open spaces between the eight panels. That seems to me a design feature not a defect. The composter is designed to let out excess water and let in air. We keep a plastic container underneath to catch excess water. We started using the tumbler the middle of june 2015. We placed it next to the trash cans in full sun, which here in el paso, texas is a lot of sun. We then consulted about a dozen videos on youtube to learn how to compost and discovered there are a dozen different opinions. I was most impressed by john kohler(?) and we have followed his advice. We have a small household but we produce a large quantity vegetable and fruit scraps and coffee grounds. We put all of that into the right chamber and added an equal quantity of dry leaves, dead-headed flowers, grass clippings, pine needles, etc. We also added water almost every day, and jobe’s compost starter, azomite and blood meal a few times. After a month the right chamber was full and we started on the left. Just yesterday, august 23rd, the second chamber became full after a large addition of corn husks and such. I emptied the first chamber into a large pail, about three gallon capacity, and filled the whole thing.

First i must say it was packaged very well,for something that is plastic and metal tubing. Then it was very easy to put it all together. Food waste,green grass,and hand full of old rabbit pellets had it cooking in no time at all. Like this tumbler a lot and think i may get another in the spring. Only thing i will say for a con,is you can not get a wheelbarrow under it. The tumbler is way to low,and you can not get a shovel in it. So we had to put a tarp under it and dump the finish compost on the ground.

Very sturdy and easy to assemble. Very sturdy and easy to assemble. It takes time to put together, but it’s because there are several sections and necessary screws/bolts which makes it a better quality product, i think. The plastic is heavy-duty and rigid, and well-made. I read some of the other reviews and decided to spray paint the metal legs a bronzy brown to protect them and help it blend into my landscape in the back yard. It’s easy to put compost ‘ingredients’ in the storage areas and to tumble. I’ve only had it about 4 weeks and have already used completed compost from the one side. I live in florida, so the heat is definitely in great supply here, making composting more easy.

One thought on “Yimby Tumbler Composter, HIGH MARKS ALL THE WAY!

  1. Style Name: Composter Verified Purchase says:
    Nice tumbler after i finished assembling. Instructions could be improved. Don’t get discouraged by the number of screws provided. Eventually you will get there. This is good for meditators calmly put together each section with a few screws for each panel in a more or less awkward way. Anyway the composted spins fairly easily and so far i haven’t got any mold nor flies to start with. For the price, it is close to perfect.
    • Style Name: Composter Verified Purchase says:
      Nice tumbler after i finished assembling. Instructions could be improved. Don’t get discouraged by the number of screws provided. Eventually you will get there. This is good for meditators calmly put together each section with a few screws for each panel in a more or less awkward way. Anyway the composted spins fairly easily and so far i haven’t got any mold nor flies to start with. For the price, it is close to perfect.
  2. Style Name: Composter Verified Purchase says:

    This review is from : Yimby Tumbler Composter, Color Black and Compost Starter Bag Bundle

    I have been using this yimby tumbler composter for about 4 months. We make a smoothie every morning and cook a lot of vegetables on an average day, so we have a lot of scraps. Unfortunately it has been winter the whole time while filling it, so little composting is happening, until now. We had more than filled the two sides of the yimby and were looking for more places to put the scraps. It has gotten unseasonably warm over the last week and behold, the compost has gone down in size by about half. This tells me it is working. We have kept it in the sun and it apparently has gotten warm enough to work. I put some composting granules in it a couple of months ago to help it along. I looked over the contents of the yimby and it is definitely working.
  3. Style Name: Composter Verified Purchase says:

    This review is from : Yimby Tumbler Composter, Color Black and Compost Starter Bag Bundle

    I have been using this yimby tumbler composter for about 4 months. We make a smoothie every morning and cook a lot of vegetables on an average day, so we have a lot of scraps. Unfortunately it has been winter the whole time while filling it, so little composting is happening, until now. We had more than filled the two sides of the yimby and were looking for more places to put the scraps. It has gotten unseasonably warm over the last week and behold, the compost has gone down in size by about half. This tells me it is working. We have kept it in the sun and it apparently has gotten warm enough to work. I put some composting granules in it a couple of months ago to help it along. I looked over the contents of the yimby and it is definitely working.
  4. Style Name: Composter Verified Purchase says:

    This review is from : Yimby Tumbler Composter, Color Black and Compost Starter Bag Bundle

    Although i have way too much food scraps to brown waste and now it’s a stinking fruit fly leaking goo. It works, although i have way too much food scraps to brown waste and now it’s a stinking fruit fly leaking goo barrel. In other words you have to be much more aware of the ratio of carbon to nitrogen with these as you would with a compost bin that sits on the ground (in my experience).
  5. Style Name: Composter Verified Purchase says:

    This review is from : Yimby Tumbler Composter, Color Black and Compost Starter Bag Bundle

    Although i have way too much food scraps to brown waste and now it’s a stinking fruit fly leaking goo. It works, although i have way too much food scraps to brown waste and now it’s a stinking fruit fly leaking goo barrel. In other words you have to be much more aware of the ratio of carbon to nitrogen with these as you would with a compost bin that sits on the ground (in my experience).
    • Style Name: Composter Verified Purchase says:
      Good product for small home garden. . Composter is sturdy and easy to use the separate chambers. Assembly took me and my young son about 90 minutes. Will add to review in 8 to 10 weeks as compost is ready for garden. Be aware that this will make fairly small batches of compost in each chamber, good for small garden bed or large potted plants.
      • Style Name: Composter Verified Purchase says:
        Good product for small home garden. . Composter is sturdy and easy to use the separate chambers. Assembly took me and my young son about 90 minutes. Will add to review in 8 to 10 weeks as compost is ready for garden. Be aware that this will make fairly small batches of compost in each chamber, good for small garden bed or large potted plants.
  6. Style Name: Composter Verified Purchase says:
    I’m very impressed with this composter. It was very easy to put together (took about 30 min) and i started it out with a little coconut coir and started adding kitchen waist to it. I have been using it for several months now and i really like it. I haven’t had any bad smells and all the food is turning into soil very quickly.
    • Style Name: Composter Verified Purchase says:
      I’m very impressed with this composter. It was very easy to put together (took about 30 min) and i started it out with a little coconut coir and started adding kitchen waist to it. I have been using it for several months now and i really like it. I haven’t had any bad smells and all the food is turning into soil very quickly.
  7. Style Name: Composter Verified Purchase says:

    This review is from : Yimby Tumbler Composter, Color Black and Compost Starter Bag Bundle

    Very nice, compact composter. A little time-consuming to put together, but not difficult. Seems like it will last a long time. Great for small backyard composting.
    • Style Name: Composter Verified Purchase says:
      Very nice, compact composter. A little time-consuming to put together, but not difficult. Seems like it will last a long time. Great for small backyard composting.

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