The Geobin compost bins now ship with a set of one-piece keys instead of plastic nuts and bolts. Seems like a win… only downside is that it didn’t include rods to help fix the bin to the ground like the old version did.
Have you ever seen one of these compost tumbler models before? This cute little compost tumbler was spotted in Charlotte, NC. Before I opened it up, I had a feeling it would be filled with sludge, due to what looks like a lack of airflow design…where are the holes? More on that in a moment.
Look at that cool little marking on the lid to denote whether the unit was open or closed…nice. While it snapped into place quite easily, I wonder how many times I can do this before wearing it out. If the locking mechanism failed, the tumbler would become useless as it flips end over end by design.
How were the contents?
The material in here looked pretty nice…crumbly and smelling good. The only airflow design was the perforated axle that the unit rotated on. I can’t imagine how this was enough for the process to work, but who knows? I guess if you’re attentive to what you put in there, it’ll work just fine.
Speaking of turning this thing, good luck! It’s less than halfway full and I was struggling to squat under it low enough to turn it over. This is why I recommend and prefer tumblers that spin on a base low to the ground: I can “fall into it” and turn it easily without killing my back.
Not my favorite tumbler I’ve seen…anyone out there have one of these or know what brand it is?
I was searching for a compost bin, and I think I’ve found it: the Geobin Compost Bin. For those of you looking for a quick and easy solution that’s tidy and gets it done, I really think this one works.
Compost bins should be simple: it’s essentially a fence and some stakes. It needs to be sturdy and look neat. If neatness isn’t an issue for you, I highly suggest building your own bin out of some concrete mesh, or chicken wire, or anything really. As long as the material is contained and you can put a tarp over it, that’s all you really need.
The Geobin fits material up to 4 feet in diameter and a good 3 feet high, which is enough to create some serious heat with a good material mixture. For around 30 bucks I think this is a good deal. The materials are all plastic (of course), but it all seems pretty sturdy to me. It’ll be interesting to see how long the hardware lasts, but now I’m thinking it’s plastic so it won’t rust over.
Do you have one of these or something similar? What do you think of it?
On a side note, Amazon has the worst packaging practices ever…can you believe this? The box I got my bin in could have easily fit 8 of these things! Not cool at all, Amazon. It almost seems like it’s teasing me…the box says “rate my packaging” on it with a link to the site. I’ll keep you posted on that one…I can’t let this one slip!