Compost Thermometer

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This Thermometer Tells You When Compost is "Cooked"

  • Check the progress of your compost pile by monitoring the temperature
  • Stainless-steel thermometer is 19" long with a sealed dial
  • Measures from 0 to 220 degrees F

Does your compost pile get hot enough? This 19" stainless steel probe makes it easy to monitor temperatures at the center of your pile so you know when it’s ready to turn — and when it's ready to use.

  • Stainless steel
  • 19" L overall with 2-1/2" diameter dial

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Compost Thermometer
 
4.4

(based on 17 reviews)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Attractive (5)
  • EASY to use (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

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        • Avid gardener (10), Getting started (3)

      Reviewed by 17 customers

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      5.0

      Sure of Killing Weed Seeds

      By Transplanted Gardner

      from Houston, TX

      About Me Avid Gardener

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to store
      • EASY to use
      • No assembly

      Cons

      • Need Readers To Read Dial

      Best Uses

      • Ecological Waste Disposal
      • Sure Compost Is Cooking

      Comments about Compost Thermometer:

      I use a multi-bin Gardener's Supply compost system. This way I know when the compost is ready to turn. With the very hot summers, I've been guessing, some times turning too soon (not killing weed seeds) and probably waiting too long other times.

      I'm making (and using) a couple of square yards of compost a year, so it's important to me to get it right....

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great for kids and adults

      By Diva of Decomposition

      from Keene, NY

      About Me Master Gardener

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Coffee Grounds
          • Fruit Rinds
          • Kitchen Scraps
          • Leaves & Brush

          Comments about Compost Thermometer:

          I have had second graders use this thermometer to measure the temperature of the compost pile they made with their lunch scraps at school. They have made bar graphs of the temperatures that they have recorded. The compost thermometer helps identify when the compost is finished. Students screen the finished product and put it on the school vegetable garden.

          The compost thermometer is a great teaching tool because it tells you what is and isn't happening in the compost pile. There are many simple explanations out there now to tell you how to make your pile cook hotter and faster. The thermometer tells you just how much your pile is heating up, or isn't.

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Great tool, but has some vulnerabilities

          By Toni the Turner

          from Fort Collins, CO

          About Me Avid Gardener

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • EASY to use

          Cons

          • Joint Can Break

          Best Uses

          • Manage Compost Pile

          Comments about Compost Thermometer:

          I use the thermometer to determine when to turn the compost (i.e. when the temperature drops); that keeps it "cooking." by keeping track of the total number of days when the pile is at 130 F or more I know when I can stop turning and go to curing, i.e. after 15 "hot" days, not necessarily consecutive.

          The previous thermometer I had was identical but purchased elsewhere. Unfortunately after about 4 years the stem came free from the round top and the top could be turned independently of the stem which made it impossible to get an accurate temperature reading. I had to get rid of it. So when you use it, and the stem is stuck into the compost pile DO NOT TURN THE THERMOMETER BY ROTATING THE ROUND PART or it will break the solder joint.

           
          5.0

          Compost Thermometer

          By Dancinbini

          from Florida

          About Me Avid Gardener

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attractive

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Compost Thermometer:

              Will be able to check the temperature of my compost to know when to add it to my garden soil.

               
              4.0

              Works well if you add 4 degrees

              By Vickie

              from OH

              About Me Avid Gardener

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • EASY to use

              Cons

              • Calibration is low

              Best Uses

                Comments about Compost Thermometer:

                Overall seems to be a good product but according to my other thermometers it reads the ambient temperature 4 degrees lower than the other termometers do.

                 
                1.0

                This product never worked.

                By Ed the Educator

                from South Dakota

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                      Comments about Compost Thermometer:

                      This product has never worked correctly. It is a cheap design.

                       
                      5.0

                      Compost Thermometer

                      By Bill

                      from Georgia

                      Verified Buyer

                      Comments about Compost Thermometer:

                      We use this thermometer to monitor the internal temperature of large round bales of hay prior to and after putting them in the barn. This is a precaution to be sure they are safe from catching fire -- hay gets warmer after being baled because of bacteria and fungi activity that was on the grass prior to cutting.

                       
                      4.0

                      Works great.

                      By Reet

                      from San Joaquin County

                      About Me Master Gardener

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Functional

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Coffee Grounds
                        • Ecological Waste Disposal
                        • Leaves & Brush

                        Comments about Compost Thermometer:

                        Nice to finally know how hot the compost really gets.

                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Wouldn't compost without it

                        By Hopecotton

                        from Plant City, FL

                        About Me Avid Gardener

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Necessary for success

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Testing the temp

                          Comments about Compost Thermometer:

                          I used one of these when living and composting in Connecticut but didn't bring it with me to Florida - - big mistake. I was very happy that you offer this item.

                          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          4.0

                          Compost Thermometer

                          By Ken

                          from Corpus Christi metro area, TX

                          About Me Getting Started

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Attractive

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Compost Thermometer:

                              Well made product, looks like it will last but time will tell. I haven't seen anything made in China that was "stainless" that didn't rust. Seems to work quickly and is plenty long enough to get down to the middle of the pile (for me).

                              The face, however, has a full scale from 0 to 220 degrees, 50% of which is not needed to measure compost temperature. If the range was better adjusted the numbers could be larger and easier to read. I have to put my reading glasses on to get an accurate number.

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