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Good, not great
For almost 2 years, I've been using two of these bins (and the 18L version, which doesn't have a good lid at all). While they aren't perfect, I must say that have not experienced the amount of maggots that some reviewers have (touch wood) and the bin/s have done a fair job so far.
It lives in our kitchen on the floor and away from any sunlight/warmth. But, maybe we fill the bin up quickly enough? The bin does live in our garage once it's full, away from sunlight - so I'm not sure if that is a determining factor.
Purchased in February 2019 at Bunnings Warehouse for $79.99.
Got bokashi and some fruit flys
Bought a bokashi bin from bunnings about a month ago. Been following instructions how to use it but it never mentioned that it can't seal. When I opened it was full of maggots. Shame I like the 18l bin
Purchased in October 2020 for $39.99.
Poor quality and seal degradation
Initially looked forward to the concept and the product however only a few months into ownership the closing seal and the seal near the tap failed.
The bin also smells and generates a lot of maggots and worms. Not what we were after.
Have edited my review due to the very prompt response by the Maze representative. Will try the new one when it arrives. Keen on the concept.
Purchased in January 2019 at Bunnings Warehouse for $80.00.
Rancid with flies
Today I buried my first batch - it had flies and smelt putrid. I added vegetable and fruit matter, kept the lid closed, sprayed at the end of each day but lid wasn't airtight and sealed poorly
Purchased in March 2020 at eBay.
I just have the new 12l maze bokashi from bunning for few weeks ,so excited at first to try new methods of composting, but then this product give me bad experience. I have try any way but the lid seem not seal properly, fruit fly and mag everywhere. Feel terrible hope i did read all the reviews before .
Purchased in April 2020 at Bunnings Warehouse for $39.99.
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The system seems ok but the 12L bins do not work properly
We purchased 2 x 12L Bokashi bins from Bunnings in December 2019 and we are on our 3rd load. The first two loads have a large volume of maggots present. We have been very careful to not let flies near when filling the bins, so we believe the lids are too flimsy and do not seal properly. We have increased the Bokashi spray to try and improve things but it is not stopping the flies laying eggs in the bins. The system looks good but the bins in this case do not seem to seal properly. We are very disappointed to say the least. Can any one help?
Purchased in December 2019 at Bunnings Warehouse for $80.00.
I am having similar problems to the reviews above with my bin becoming full of maggots and having flies escape into my house when putting more produce in. It is very disappointing as I am really committed to using a product like this to help with improving my waste management.
Purchased in December 2019 for $50.00.
Not remotely airtight
Bought a set of two from Bunnings. After two weeks I noticed that there were fruit flies. Tonight I was disgusted to see fly maggots as well. While I know flies can lay eggs on food before it goes in I realised with horror that it wasn’t a sealed system when some maggots (1cm long) crawled out from under the lid which was clicked closed. This system doesn’t work if things can crawl under the lid!
I checked the bokashi bucket second lid and noticed it also has a warp in the plastic that prevents it closing tightly along the side edges. At least the tap didn’t leak!
I only open it once a day and spray 6-10 squirts of the bokashi bacteria. I also drain the liquid once a day. It smells pretty awful.
Purchased in January 2020 at Bunnings Warehouse for $69.00.
Disappointed - lid won’t seal
I’m on to my second faulty bin which wont seal. Started fine but after two weeks, the liquid from the bottom smelt awful, the kitchen started to reek and the flies and cockroaches were starting to breed inside the bin. Despite spraying extra bokashi, nothing changed. I got a return exchange from bunnings but the second isn’t air tight either so I haven’t bothered to start it. Attempted to email Maze with no response. Would be very excited to use this product otherwise if it wasn’t so Very disappointing.
Purchased in December 2019 at Bunnings Warehouse for $39.90.
I was excited to use the bokashi bins over Christmas but found with the finished bin it was really stinky so opened it only after a week and saw a lot of fat maggots! I've been really careful with only opening the bin once a day, spraying 7 times and adding lots of bran so was shocked (and grossed out!). On the internet I researched and it said that the fermentation process usually kills them so I added a lot more bran (plus salt) and closed the lid...but after a few days my husband saw the maggots had not died but matured so he threw the whole...bin away as he didn't want to deal with it. I wished I saw these reviews earlier as we have spent a lot of money these few days getting excited about composting and buying a whole heap of Maze products (including a new compost tumbler) and didn't realise the maggot problem could be caused from lids which are not air tight.
Purchased in December 2020 for $39.00.
Both the bins we have bought have maggots....a lot of them. The lids simply don't seal properly. I have emailed the company using the address on this forum so I hope I get a quick resolution as hubby and I have a compost disagreement and I'd really like to persist! The actual compost breaks down really fast and otherwise happy, just can't continue with maggots in the kitchen.
Purchased in November 2019 at Bunnings Warehouse for $39.00.
I bought 2 set from Bunnings. I have trialed it on both in the set and have ended up with fruit fly larva each time, despite making sure the lids are closed and even placing a brick on top. These lids are not airtight - I will have to look at other options.
Purchased in March 2019 for $62.00.
Fruit fly maggots in lid
I bought 2 sets of the twin pack 12 litre bins and have a system of rotation because we have a large volume of food waste. I was thinking of adding another 2 bins to the system but so far all 3 I have emptied after fermentation have had fruit fly maggots inside lid. I would only open current bucket once a day at night and use quite a bit of the spray each time and am emptying liquid every 2 days and then at end of week I did not open again for 2 weeks. I can actually see fruit flys crawling under the lid and they must be getting all the way in ...as after 2 weeks the fermentation should have killed them? I will try another brand to see if it is a Maze only problem and I will try the bran too to see. I am mainly worried I am creating a fruit fly epidemic!
Purchased in September 2019 for $80.00.
Leaks, from both ends
We bought the twin pack from Bunnings about 6 months ago. The first issue we noticed was the leaking from the tap. We used silicone to fix that. The second issue has been maggots. We thought it was us, but we have been careful with following the rules and the only thing I can think is that the units are not airtight. The maggots are not dying off after a few days as they should. Is it really this hard to Bokashi?
Purchased in May 2019 at Bunnings for $80.00.
Maggots and fruit flies
Bought my first Maze bokashi bin from Bunnings and after letting it sit for its 2 week ferment, opened it up to a small swarm of fruit flies and maggots scurrying away. While smell doesn't eminate from the bin, I'm assuming it isn't airtight as it should be as oxygen can clearly enter. Have started filling up another bin from a different brand with no problems so far..
Purchased at Bunnings Warehouse for $39.95.
Questions & Answers
I bought two maze 12L Bokashi Indoor Composters from Bunnings in July 2020 and had problem with the seal not being air tight and flies managed to get in and breed. As a result, I couldn't do any compost since then.
Provided it is a fundamental product quality issue, can I get a refund for the products or you can offer any alternate solutions?
Hi Winnie, sorry to hear about this. You can certainly get a refund for it or you can try our new 14L version or the 18L. I will send you an email as well to confirm.
Hi i have an 18 litre bokashi system. The lid seals great. But even though there is plenty of liquid nothing drains out the tap. This liquid then causes a really bad smell. Not sure if something is somehow blocking tap but has happened in the first and second bucket
Hi, can i ask how you know that there is a lot of liquid? I assume the strainer is still at the bottom of the bucket? Please feel free to email at email@example.com. Ronen
Yes the strainer is at the bottom. I know there is a lot of liquid because when I emptied it into my tumbling composter I had to manually drain the liquid first (holding the compost in and tipping the bucket upside down.) When I emptied the compost and inspected the tap and it did not appear blocked??
did you try and test the tap with water to see if it works? It sounds very usual. Happy to send you a new tap if you think it will help.
Hi, I recently returned my dual Bokashi bins to Bunnings as the lids were not sealing. After reading the reviews it sounds like there is a gasket in the lid to ensure an airtight seal?
Could you please confirm this as I am keen to compost as much waste as possible and these systems seem ideal.
Hi Kathy, yes there is a rubber gasket in the lid that should make it air tight. In the last production the gasket was a bit different so this caused some issues with some bins not being airtight. Our 18L Indoor Composter has a different sealing lid and we have not had any issues with that version.
Thanks for your response. I will see if they are available online again to repurchase the two bin pack.
If it doesnt come with a seal will you be able to assist?
Hi Kathy, i suggest waiting a couple of weeks as then we will have a new seal which should be more reliable. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org in a couple of weeks and i will confirm if we have it.
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