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.
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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Great monitor for my compost pile.
from Fremont, Ne.
Comments about : Compost Thermometer:
I'm using this thermometer in my compost pile help get an accurate time to turn the pile. Works very well and would recommend it.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Hot is best!
from Hannibal, MO
I need to know if my compost is cooking. This is what I use.
wanted one for a long time. glad i splurged!
About Me Master Gardener
it is safely stored in a drawer when not in use, and is helpful when demonstrating the power of microbes to people who are just beginning to compost!
Just what I needed
from Ivins, UT
About Me Avid Gardener
As a first-time straw bale gardener, I needed this tool as I went through the conditioning process to prepare the bales for planting.
Sure of Killing Weed Seeds
By Transplanted Gardner
from Houston, TX
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)
Great for kids and adults
By Diva of Decomposition
from Keene, NY
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.
(11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)
Great tool, but has some vulnerabilities
By Toni the Turner
from Fort Collins, CO
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.
Will be able to check the temperature of my compost to know when to add it to my garden soil.
Works well if you add 4 degrees
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.
(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
This product never worked.
By Ed the Educator
from South Dakota
This product has never worked correctly. It is a cheap design.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
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