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Back Porch ComposTumbler®

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$239.00

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The Rolling Composter - Especially for Kitchen Scraps

  • An easy and convenient way to turn kitchen waste into rich compost!
  • Wheels right out to the garden when compost is ready
  • Compact tumbler takes up little space
  • Please allow 1 to 2 weeks for delivery

It's no bother composting kitchen scraps when you have this convenient tumbler near the back door. Our compact composter is sized just right to handle food scraps, and with a few quick spins, turn them into rich garden gold. When your compost is ready, just wheel it out to the garden. The big hinged door makes access easy. Tubular steel frame has rust-resistant powder coating.

Product Details

  • Frame is powder-coated tubular steel
  • Drum is high-density polyethylene
  • 31" W x 26" D x 37" H
  • Holds 5 cubic feet
  • Some assembly required

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Back Porch Compost Tumbler
 
4.0

(based on 108 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (43)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (41)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

87%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Capacity (75)
  • Attractive (65)
  • Easy assembly (65)
  • Odor free (47)
  • Composts quickly (41)

Cons

  • Needs solution added (13)
  • Pervasive odor (8)
  • Mulch not fine enough (6)
  • Difficult to aerate (5)
  • Leaks (5)

Best Uses

  • Kitchen scraps (82)
  • Coffee grounds (74)
  • Fruit rinds (72)
  • Leaves & brush (71)
  • Ecological waste disposal (56)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid gardener (65), Getting started (31), Master gardener (11)

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I've had mine for 15 years and it's still going strong

By Urban Farmer On a Postage Stamp Lot

from Bend, Oregon

About Me Avid Gardener

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Attractive
  • Capacity
  • easy tumble and works through the winter
  • Odor Free
  • Rodent and pest free

Cons

  • Needs Solution Added

Best Uses

  • Coffee Grounds
  • egg shells
  • Fertilizer Production
  • Kitchen Scraps
  • Leaves & Brush
  • vegetable garden trimmings

Comments about Back Porch Compost Tumbler:

I ordered my composter in 2005-6 from Gardener's Supply. I don't remember having a problem assembling it. The only downside is that I need another one to have one cooking and one to use over the summer and winter. We live in Oregon's high dessert so our winters are cold with February warm spells.

Come fall cleanup, the composer is packed with bean vines, squash plants, rhubarb leaves and what is left inedible in my organic vegetable garden. I add egg shells, coffee grounds and a few leaves. I also compost cardboard when I need dry matter in the summer. Over the winter, it works its magic.

Glad to see GS has brought this item back. I do not move mine around. It stays stationary on the side of the house. Was surprised to read negative comments.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Wanted to love this composter, but it just doesn't hold up

By c2

from Houston, Texas

About Me Getting Started

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Odor Free

Cons

  • Flimsy
  • Leaks
  • Needs Solution Added

Best Uses

  • Kitchen Scraps
  • Leaves & Brush

Comments about Back Porch Compost Tumbler:

We purchased this item several years ago and over time both the plastic and steel have broken down. The composter won't spin since the plastic drum and center spindle are broken and it cannot be wheeled as the steel frame has rusted through completely. We have to hire someone to demolish it and drag the parts away. We live in SE Texas so we get lots of heat, sun and rain. Things don't last forever here, but the cost of this item, and the time it took to put it together make it not worth the purchase. Purchase something else if you have any sort of weather that causes plastic or metal to break down.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Will eventually break

By Tule

from Sacramento, CA

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Capacity

Cons

  • Flimsy

Best Uses

    Comments about Back Porch Compost Tumbler:

    I have two of these compost tumblers and have had them for a few years. This summer on both tumblers, the spot where the frame and the tumbler meet stretched open and the tumbler pulled away from the frame. There is no fixing it and so there is no more tumbling. I see on other compost tumblers that they are using a metal piece to strengthen this area probably because this becomes an issue with the weight and the tumbling. I now have two broken tumblers.

     
    5.0

    Highly recommend this product!

    By Spencerdog

    from Doylestown, PA

    About Me Avid Gardener

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Attractive
    • Capacity
    • Composts Quickly
    • Easy Assembly

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Back Porch Compost Tumbler:

      Reduces the amount of trash we put out & is the best so soil preparation in the spring for our vegetable garden

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Perfect Size!

      By Ski

      from Thermopolis, WY

      About Me Avid Gardener

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Capacity
      • Compact
      • Simple

      Cons

      • Leaks

      Best Uses

      • Ecological Waste Disposal
      • Kitchen Scraps
      • Leaves & Brush

      Comments about Back Porch Compost Tumbler:

      This compost tumbler is the perfect size for smaller yards. With the attached wheels you can bring the compost to where it is needed which is a plus. If you are not an experienced composter the instructions give guidance and recipes for a successful compost.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Useful and compact enough for our back deck, but ...

      By Miss Wilma

      from Burlington, WA

      About Me Avid Gardener

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Capacity
      • Composts Quickly
      • Exactly The Right Size
      • Odor Free

      Cons

      • Giant Pain To Assemble

      Best Uses

      • Coffee Grounds
      • Dead Cut Flowers
      • Fruit Rinds
      • Kitchen Scraps

      Comments about Back Porch Compost Tumbler:

      Everything is great about this composter EXCEPT the time it took to assemble. And the manufacturer's quality control was sadly inadequate. Certain parts did not have the tabs indicated on the directions. We'd recommend it ONLY to people, like us, that have extensive assembly experience and can figure out work-around solutions.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      It's OK

      By none

      from New Mexico

      About Me Avid Gardener

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Sifts Old From New

      Cons

      • Instructions Were Weak

      Best Uses

      • Ecological Waste Disposal

      Comments about Back Porch Compost Tumbler:

      We bought two, and had to take each one back apart because the alignment of the door section with the aeration holes is critical, and the instructions were not clear. The holes for the screws of the sides to the container did not align very well. But so far they work pretty well, they rotate easily and the compost is cooking.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Even a 75 year old can put it together

      By Captain Billy

      from Norwich, VT

      About Me Avid Gardener

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Capacity
      • Easy To Use And Spin

      Cons

      • Took A While To Assemble

      Best Uses

        Comments about Back Porch Compost Tumbler:

        Na

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        With reservations

        By happygardener

        from Vermont

        About Me Avid Gardener

        Pros

        • Attractive
        • Capacity
        • Easy Assembly

        Cons

        • Difficult to Aerate
        • Flimsy
        • Leaks

        Best Uses

          Comments about Back Porch Compost Tumbler:

          This has worked reasonably well, although it does smell and it composts slowly.

          First, though, the wheels fell off from the weight. Then the metal frame rusted. And now, the plastic connection to the frame has broken making the composter no longer airtight. We'll be replacing with a different model.

          I'd recommend with reservations. It will get you started on composting.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Compact and convenient

          By MD Crab

          from Forest Hill, MD

          About Me Avid Gardener

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attractive
          • Capacity
          • Composts Quickly
          • Convenient
          • Easy Assembly
          • Odor Free

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Coffee Grounds
            • Ecological Waste Disposal
            • Fertilizer Production
            • Fruit Rinds
            • Kitchen Scraps
            • Leaves & Brush
            • Plant trimmings

            Comments about Back Porch Compost Tumbler:

            I love my back porch compost tumbler! Actually, I have two! I use them for all my kitchen scraps, leaves, plant trimmings, coffee grounds, etc. They are easy to turn for aeration (no need for turning with pitch fork). When one is filled, I start filling the second one. That way I always have compost for my garden. They are small enough to be unobtrusive but large enough to produce a decent amount of compost. Also, the wheels allow me to roll the compost tumblers closer to where I will be using the finished compost. I highly recommend this compost tumbler.

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