FCMP Outdoor IM4000 37 Gallon 8 Sided Plastic Dual Chamber Tumbling Composter Outdoor Elevated Rotating Garden Compost Bin, Black
About this item
- ROTATING COMPOST BIN: 37-gallon tumbling composter capacity creates an uninterrupted flow of rich, healthy compost; Integrated wheels allow for easy movement
- 2-WEEK RESULTS: Close the door and turn it 5-6 times every 2-3 days for the perfect balance of ingredients; In hot, sunny conditions and with a proper balance of ingredients the compost can finish in as little as 2 weeks
- OPTIMAL AERATION: Aeration holes as well as deep fins break up clumps inside the chamber and mix lots of oxygen into the compost
- 2 CHAMBERS: Dual-chamber design allows for quick curing, turning your kitchen and yard waste into compost for your soil
- EASY-TO-USE: Large openings and removable door make it easy to add scraps/clippings and remove finished compost
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Q: You indicate that it is a dual chamber composter bin. Could you explain what's expected to go into each chamber? Is there a recommended mixture of kitchen compost items vs. yard compost items such as leaves for each individual bin or the separate bins?
A: There are two chambers so that you can fill one and leave it to cure and continue to put more compost in the other side. The door has two symbols so you can remember which side to add to (plus sign) and which side is curing (clock).submitted bymanwise - 3 years ago
A: Thank you for your question, the dual chamber is for easy quick curing to turn waste into compost for soil, there is no specific mixture recommended at this time.submitted byVMInnovations - 3 years agoBrand expert
A: Composting: Two types of materials are needed for successful composting: “green” materials, which are rich in nitrogen, and “brown” materials, which are rich in carbon. Green materials include plant-based kitchen scraps (vegetables and fruits), eggshells, farm animal manure, grass clippings, and young green plants, including some weeds. Don't add meat, fish, fats, or dairy products. And while the manure of animals that eat plants (cows, horses, etc.) is a great “green” material, carnivorous animal waste (dogs, cats, etc.) should not be used due to the possibility of diseases. Avoid weeds that have set seed, and don't add betony or other weeds that can regrow from plant parts. Brown materials include fallen leaves, twigs and chipped branches, sawdust, shredded newspaper or cardboard, paper towels, tea bags, and coffee grounds. The pile should be built in layers, each three to four inches deep. First lay down a "green" layer. Next, add a layer of "brown" materials. Then add another green layer. Sprinkle soil between all layers. Moisten each layer as your build the pile and turn your compost regularly to speed up the composting process. With little effort you can use the compost you produce to create a prosperous garden. All organic matter is made up of substantial amounts of carbon (C) combined with lesser amounts of nitrogen (N). The balance of these two elements in an organism is called the carbon-to-nitrogen ratio (C:N ratio). For best performance, the compost pile, or more to the point the composting microorganisms, require the correct proportion of carbon for energy and nitrogen for protein production. Scientists (yes, there are compost scientists) have determined that the fastest way to produce fertile, sweet-smelling compost is to maintain a C:N ratio somewhere around 25 to 30 parts carbon to 1 part nitrogen, or 25-30:1. If the C:N ratio is too high (excess carbon), decomposition slows down. If the C:N ratio is too low (excess nitrogen) you will end up with a stinky pile.submitted byDan0 - 3 years ago
Q: How does this composter work? Do you need to water it once in a while or just dump kitchen scraps and soil? Does it work like an okbashi? How long does it take to break down all the compost completely? Does adding worms make it compost better?
A: Thank you for your question. We were unfortunately not provided with this information from the manufacturer and I’d suggest reaching out to them directly in order to get the most accurate information. You can get in touch with them at 519.858.5795.submitted byVMInnovations - 3 years agoBrand expert
A: The instructions from the manufacturer say that you should water if the materials feel like they are drying out. They recommend squeezing and it should feel like a "damp sponge." They recommend a mix of two parts browns (leaves, straw/hay, saw dust, twigs) to greens (kitchen scraps, grass clippings, garden & house plants) and also a scoop of garden dirt to start. They say it should take 2-8 weeks for the compost to be ready.submitted bymanwise - 3 years ago
Q: Does this composter have wheels? Is it easy to move from one place to another?
A: Thank you for your question. This does not come with wheels. In my opinion it would be easy to move from one place to another, depending on weight after the compost is placed in.submitted byVMInnovations - 2 years agoBrand expert
Q: Hi, There appear to be "holes" periodically in the plastic. Is a critter or are bugs able to get in through these openings or are they not openings? Thanks.
A: It does mention aeration holes in the description but I believe the "holes" you are referring to are the "built-in holds" mentioned for turning. I'm sure some bugs can get in but that's not always a bad thing.submitted byHannah - 2 years ago
Q: How do the doors work? Can you securely fasten or lock them? We have racoons who routinely get into our garbage cans so we need to bungee the lids shut. I want to make sure animals cannot get in!
A: Thank you for the question. We recommend reaching out to the manufacturer regarding your specific question.submitted byVMInnovations - 3 years agoBrand expert
Q: Is this a Yimby composter ?
A: Thank you for your question! Yes it is!submitted byVMInnovations - 3 years agoBrand expert
Q: How do you turn it? Can it be done on the stand or does it have to be removed and manually turned? Thank you.
A: Thanks for your question. The axle on this item makes it easy to be turned directly on the stand. Once assembled, you will be able to use the item without any disassembly.submitted byVMInnovations - 3 years agoBrand expert
Q: Is this compost bin constructed of BPA-free UV-inhibited recycled polypropylene? On another website, this product was described as such. However on the target website, it does not state this.
A: Thanks for the question! This bin is BPA free UV inhibited recycled polypropylene.submitted byVMInnovations - 4 years agoBrand expert
Q: What are the dimensions once it has been assembled?
A: Thank you for your inquiry. The assembled dimensions of the composter bin are 30" (L) x 28" (W) x 36" (H).submitted byVMInnovations - 4 years agoBrand expert