Ecomposter Design Benefits
The Ecomposter is a tumbling composter that has a surface/volume ratio that is smaller than any other shape due to its spherical design. The smaller the ratio, the less the impact of heat loss on the total heat generated from the compost heap and the faster the decomposition will occur. The Ecomposter allows for a 360� rotation which adds the ability to mix materials up that helps the process. The dark color of the composter helps promote the attraction of heat, which is one of the four key elements of a successful composter. Also, the two large openings on each axis allow for easy access to add or remove materials.
Inside the Ecomposter there are 32 air tubes designed to shorten the composting process. How they work:
*If your model has the optional base the six double reinforced tubular steel legs ensure that the the unit will rotate on six independent rollers. The pedestal adds form to function as it also lifts the Ecomposter from ground and allows for less bending accessing the unit.
How it Works
Once you have your Ecomposter assembled and ready to use you can start the loading process. After each new load the composter should be rotated either on the optional base of rolling it on the ground. Repeat this procedure until the composter is 2/3 full. It is critical to leave room for the compost material to move and mix freely. The process of creating a complete compost takes about 4-6 weeks in order for nutrient rich compost to be produced.
Tips when using the Ecomposter
When starting a new compost pile you may want to use cottonseed meal, worm castings or well-ages manure because they are rich in nitrogen and help speed up the microbes responsible for breaking down organic matter into compost. It is suggested to also use a kitchen composter so you can add more material to the composter. The kitchen scraps will also add the "green" necessities to the compost. "Green" material is rich in nitrogen, which is a critical source of protein for the microbes and keeps the compost moist. "Brown" materials are more dry and are usually found in the yard, these materials are rich in carbon and help promote good aeration. A balance of greens and browns is crucial in creating a successful composting system.
Four Key Elements
What to Compost
|Compost||Do Not Compost|
|Kitchen waste||Chemically treated wood products|
|Fruit/Vegetable scraps||Premicious weeds||Egg shells||Morning glory/Ivy|
|Coffee grounds, tea bags||Bindweed|
|Yeard waste||Diseased plants/leaves/stems|
|Wood chips, sawdust||Pine needles|
|Leaves: green and brown||Oak leaves|