I received the Little Pig quickly, and while it took a while to assemble (watch the video, don't use the paper instructions alone) it is up, seems really solid and looks the part. It is very easy to turn. I like that the magnet on the handles hold the doors open.
I've been using it for about 3 weeks and it is leaking and every time I open the door, I am met with a swarm of fruit flies. I have been putting newspaper in to try to fix, but to no avail.
Not sure what I should I do to correct this. Some composting tips in with the packaging would have been useful.
Best purchase I’ve ever made!
I have never written feedback about any product before but feel compelled to tell you how impressed I am with this product! I live in Canberra and have been struggling with composting in our cool weather, never being successful and having almost given up. My determination to reduce our landfill waste finally led me to the Joraform. It has been steaming since day 1 and continues to do so everyday and is breaking our organic matter down so fast I can hardly believe it.
I have always wanted one of these babies, but instead I have been buying second hand Gumtree Osborne industries compost tumbler. So far with the Swedish variety I have noticed it heats up really well, is very easy to turn and has a functional design. easy to assemble but useful to do it with someone else. All my old tumblers would break and I wish I had bought this guy ages ago.
The benchmark compost tumbler on the market
Have a smaller block (400SqM inc house) we don't have room for a 3 bin external compost, so have been wanting to produce quality compost using a commercially available system. Having tried vertical composter which tended to get 'stuck' during composting as layers could not mix together properly. After a year of frustration and a fortnight of research I decided on the Joraform 270.
The purchase and delivery was super easy from the supplier on the North Coast of NSW and had it within 3 days of ordering.
Before putting it together make sure you watch the video from Joraform USA on how to assemble, it will be make it a lot easier to assemble and ensure it all goes together as it should. My tumbler had some panels not square so it took 2 people and Milwaukee cordless driver to 'persuade' all of the panels into place. But once together it is very solid with all items locked in place.
Having now been using it for about 8 weeks, I can say it is amazing. We took the failed compost out of the bin and put into one chamber of the tumbler and it had taken off! Now composting is hitting high 50 degrees! Even in Melbourne when it was single figures, the compost was super active and going great guns.
Now starting to use the second chamber with wood pellet supplement to get it started, the fresh compost is over 60 degrees after two weeks!! Considering if I need to add moisture to keep it in check.
The tumbler turns really well and good spin after adding new materials see it all mix together well. Even now as it starts to fill up both it still spins well and true. There is no shaking and gives the impression it will continue to do so for many years.
A really nice touch if the magnets in the handles on the doors, so when you go empty a chamber later on, the door stays open and allows easy access to remove compost.
I was a bit concerned about spending the money for this unit not to work as promised, but it has exceeded my highest expectations. Sure if you are on an acreage, use the 3 bin system, you have the space to set it up and use it properly. But for any gardener wanting to compost on a suburban block where space is a premium or wants year round hot composting, GET THIS!
Joraform 270L -
Very happy with my decision to buy this composter. Assembly was straightforward - I
started putting it together on my own then needed some help when attaching outer panels. The online video was helpful too. Am almost ready start on our 2nd batch of compost in the other chamber. It's very easy to tumble the drum and the first batch has reached a hot temperature. Composting has resulted in a noticeable drop in our weekly rubbish, as we're also recycling (crosscut) shredded paper.
Tip - if buying from Vitality4life.com.au, it's worth checking their ebay price as it was $25 cheaper than their website price. I ordered over the phone and they matched their ebay price :)
Its nice when things are as good as they say.....
Easy to put together. Works better than I expected. It takes about 6 weeks per barrel. As the grass, clippings and kitchen waste breaks down you need to top it up for a couple of weeks before moving to the next barrel. 2 to 3 months since I started and it still looks like new on the outside.
Excellent compost tumbler. Well worth the money
Before I bought the Jeraform 270L. Bought a cheap Aldi plastic tumbler to try out my task of turning those green waste into compost for my garden. It was a disaster, put waste and brown material into it, and kept turning and monitoring the temperature hoping it will turn into those black gold one day. And so it went for 4 months, and nothing. Thinking I may be doing something incorrectly. Then it came the Jeraform, to my surprise, only takes it 2 mere weeks, and it came the black gold that I have been waiting for. The difference really lies in the later one can heat the material up and held it high for as long as it is capable of. Highly recommend this product even though the cost is quite high.