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Compost Barrel - Reviews of the Best

If you really want to get into composting, be sure to get one of these great compost barrels. Read our reviews of the best.

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When it comes to composting, there are many different ways to do it.

You can choose to use a compost tumbler, use worms for composting, or create your own composting area in your yard.

One popular option for many people is to use a compost barrel. A compost barrel is a pretty simple way to create compost. They aren't typically pretty and there is nothing fancy about them, but they do the trick and they do it well.

They also have the added advantage of being inexpensive. Simply put, a compost barrel is a plain container that's used to create compost.

These compositors can be purchased or even built at home with just a few supplies.

These barrels are simply to use because you simply have to add compost material and then aerate them with a pitchfork or specialized aerator tool.

The compost makes itself over time. When you use a barrel to store materials for composting, you'll have compost that's ready to use every 4 - 6 weeks.

Buying a Compost Barrel

When you decide to purchase a compost barrel, there are several things that you'll want to consider when making your choice.

Size of the Barrel: The size of the compost barrel that you purchase is important. Unless you live alone, chances are you'll need a pretty large barrel. Not only do you need enough room to store materials, you also must be able to move them around in order to create the compost.

Security of the Barrel: You'll definitely want to choose a compositor that has both a strong base and a cover or door that latches securely. You don't want to end up with a yard full of varmints trying to get into your compost. And trust me, there are plenty of animals that will eat anything you put in there that isn't completely decomposed. You don't want them to be able to chew through the barrel and you don't want them to be able to get through the lid of it!


How a Compost Barrel Works:

Compost barrels work in several ways.

Static Compost Barrel: The most simple of barrels provides a place to put compost, but you'll be responsible to aerating it yourself.

In order to do this, you'll need a pitchfork or an compost aerator and a strong arm because you'll basically be stirring your compost yourself.

This is important because it MUST be moved around regularly if you ever expect to end up with useable compost.

Tumbler Compost Barrel: Many people prefer to purchase a compost barrel that doubles as a tumbler. These tend to be slightly more expensive.

They do save a lot of time though because keeping them properly aerated is as simple as turning a handle. You don't need to get your hands into your compost material as much with this type of composter, which is why many people feel that they are worth the extra expense.

I far prefer the tumbling composters to the other alternatives.

They're easier to use because they only require a few turns of a handle in order to aerate compost and the price difference isn't that great.

A few of our favorite compost barrels are listed below:

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FeelGood Static Compost Barrel:

Feel Good Composter: This compost barrel doesn't rotate on it's own, but it's a great composter for a single person or small family.

It's priced at just $82, it's a great deal too. One of the nicest features of this compost bin is the fact that it comes without a base, which allows for easy draining of liquids.

We also like that it's made with 100% recycled plastic resin. The lid is hinged for easy access and all four of the sides come off which makes getting to your finished compost a simple process.

This compost bin will have to be aerated with an aerator as it doesn't have any turning parts, but because it's smaller (90 gallons) it doesn't hold that much and moving the compost around is a pretty simple process.


Tumbleweed Rotating Compost Barrel:

Tumbleweed Rotating Compost Bin: For under $200, this compost barrel is a great buy. It will produce useable compost in as little as three weeks the the entire compositor barrel rotates to aerate the compost materials inside.

It's extremely sturdy with steel legs and because the entire composter is off the ground, it's less likely that local creatures will find their way into your compost.

It also has two vents which are great for dealing with smells. If there's any drawback to this particular compost barrel, it's that it can be slightly difficult to turn/rotate. You've definitely got to have some upper body strength to work this one!

More on Composting:

Also check out our articles on Indoor Composting, Worm Composting, Composting Troubleshooting, and Composting Materials for lots of additional great tips.

Also - here are some of our Favorite Books on Composting.

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