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This electric compost bin quickly transforms kitchen scraps into nutrient-rich compost. Perfect for your mudroom, cellar or deck. Simply put food scraps directly into the top chamber, including fruit, vegetables, eggshells, dairy, meat, coffee grounds, grains and more. (Chop scraps into small pieces for faster decomposition.) The composter automatically heats and aerates to speed up the composting process. In about two weeks you can remove two gallons of compost from the lower chamber. Accepts up to 4 gallons of scraps per week; ideal for a family of 4 to 5 people. Costs about 50 cents per month to operate. For best results, sprinkle food scraps with a handful of carbon-rich material such as coir.
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dead after 18 months. Is Manufacturer out of business?
from Bloomington, IL
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Comments about : Nature Mill Composter:
I've had my NatureMill for almost 18 months, and I've absolutely ADORED it. Two days ago it registered a jam, and despite thorough cleaning it won't clear, and the rod simply hiccups tiny increments, while going bzzzp... bzzzp. Nothing we do can fix it. Looking for contact info for the company to see about repair, and I'm getting the distinct feeling they're out of business? Their FB page is now empty except for some bad reviews, their website is all but empty, and no where seems to be selling their products anymore. I'm absolutely devastated, because there are no manufacturers making a product anywhere close to this. Once upon a time, I would definitely recommend this to friends (and did, many times!) but I no longer can, since it seems they've left us all high and dry.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
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(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)
Nature Mill not worth the money
from Charleston SC
I have an older version of the composter, never worked properly from day one. We had a custom cabinet fitted to work with the machine. It jams, overheats and does not produce compost once before breaking down. Tried calling the company several times. They were short and rude on the phone. Had to call several times to get them to even return the phone call. I would never purchase one again, going with an old fashioned hand turn.
Merchant response: We are so sorry to hear about this reviewer's experience! Unfortunately, we were unable to find the original order with the information that was provided. We stand behind our 100% Satisfaction Guarantee on every product, so a quick call to our friendly customer service staff at 1-800-876-5520 will get this issue resolved right away!
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
This is my 3rd or 4th NatureMill composter. The first couple were the old style. While I really liked the larger door, I had quite a few dislikes.I had similar issues to other folks. Heating element stopped heating, composter was splitting apart (held it together with ratchet strap),stopped working altogether.I now have the new model. I'm not happy with the size of the door, and the finished compost tray is too hard to put back in. I have to pound on it to get it to go back in.I'm very happy with the way this composter is working.I grind my food scraps every day or so in my food processor. I combine the scraps with peat moss.I have finished compost every two to three days!We are only a family of two. I empty my composter almost every other day. The capacity is small. It would be nice if they could make a larger capacity machine, and make enough of them to make the cost affordable.I can't give this unit five stars because I don't know how long it's going to last. I've only been using this new one for about a month. So far, so good but we'll see.I too have my unit sitting on a small table to make it easier to use. Perhaps the manufacturer could engineer one that has legs.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
Not for family use
from Wasilla, Alaska
This is definitely not for a family. This little machine does the job beautifully if you don't have much to compost. When mine arrived it didn't work but after contacting the manufacturer they immediately sent me a new cord and the problem was solved. Well, I overloaded mine (easy to do it is so small) that I believe I have burned out the motor. Now, what? A big expense for nothing. Be sure this is what you want and can use before you buy.
Easy set up, working well
from Chicago, Illinois
I've composted for many years with varying levels of exertion and success. Our family of three does not generate a lot and the NatureMill composter seemed like a good way to quickly generate usable compost year round. Setting it up and getting it started was easy. Our is in the garage, where the occasional smell is not an issue. I put it on a small stand to make it easier to add and remove compost. We've had two batches so far. The simple instructions have been helpful in explaining what to do if compost is too dry or too wet.
(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)
Better than I could have imagined
from Baltimore, MD
My husband and I have been paying for a compost service (pick up and then return compost twice per year). This is $15-35/month depending on frequency of pick up. We decided to use this money to buy our own composter after MUCH research.We chose this machine due to perceived ease of use and ability to handle all types of food (as opposed to vermiculture). It has been even easier than we thought. Follow the very simple included instructions and you have rich compost in no time.We also purchased the Green Cycler Pre-Composter, so we would not have to chop of our scraps by hand. This was a stroke of genius on our part. It makes breaking down the scraps easy and speeds the composing process in the composter. Match made in heaven.Oh, and we use one of those 0% intro APR offer to pay for both over the course of year. This means we are spending only a few dollars more a month than our compost service...and then there will be minimal monthly cost after that 1 year. (Electricity...which is really small.)
(15 of 15 customers found this review helpful)
Great composter for the garage
By FL gardener
from Orlando, FL
I've my Nature Mill composter (a slightly smaller model than shown here) for about six weeks now. It is working flawlessly, and with a two person household we get a full bin of compost every two weeks. I transfer the compost once a week, and toward the end of that time, it can get a bit smelly. Transferring or adding more baking soda usually mitigates that. Here are my lessons learned so far: - I've found that in addition to the Brassica family (kale, brussel sprouts, etc) that the instructions say to avoid due to odors, cilantro can be a problem. Avoiding those, the smell is fine for a garage, although I would not use this composter in a kitchen. - To further mitigate smell, I called my local Starbucks, who participates in the corporate Grounds for Gardens program, and got a big bag of used coffee grounds. When the composter starts smelling, I dump a cup or two of grounds in, and my garage smells like a nicely brewed pot of coffee. I dried the grounds out and keep them in a paper bag by the composter to avoid mold.- If the composter is on high, there is a constant hum from the heater - again, fine for a garage, but not inside. - I push the transfer button right before I clean out my fridge for trash pickup, then all the leftover veggies and stale bread that would have gone in the trash goes into the composter instead to give it a start on the next week.Of course the best part is the compost - Living in a suburb where every lawn is treated monthly, I just couldn't find a source for organic compost to use in my square foot vegetable gardens. After reading about the problems with persistent herbicides in compost lately, this seemed like the best solution, and so far it is working well.
(10 of 13 customers found this review helpful)
STOP! Falls apart quickly
from Dix, IL
Bought mine and an additional 5 year warranty. It stopped working and they wanted me to order a part from an overseas company (I think China) and pay a $15 shipping fee and watch a video on how to repair it myself. I am a busy mother of four and not a small appliance technician. I paid extra for a five year warranty and they don't honor it. Think twice, does not last!! I love Gardners Supply, not this composter!!
Merchant response: I think this customer did not purchase this from us. We do not sell extended warranties and would not charge a customer for replacement parts on a defective item.
(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
The kind of composters
from Austin, TX
This is the best composter on the market. It actually MAKES compost and doesn't just store it while it slowly rots or you dump it into a compost pile. It gets very hot inside thanks to the thick insulating walls and a backup heater inside. And it fans air and filters odors, and of course mixes with a motor. It is definitely the only thing out there like it. My compost compost comes out every two to three weeks on average depending on what I put int. No odors until you empty it and then it basically smells like fertilizer but not in a bad way. Kudos to these people for making such a brilliant product. Only downside is the price. Worth every penny though.
(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)
wow it is perfect for apartments
By cara lefner
I live in an apartment and there are basically no other options for composting for me. I don't have the ability to make a pile outdoors because I have no yard and only a little fire escape. I looked into the bo ka shi system but that requires a big outdoor space to bury the stuff after it's been collected and fermented in the little container. I even looked at worms but cant get beyond the ick factor and also I heard that they escape and crawl across the kitchen floor so that is really not an option either. So I took the plunge and bought the nature mill a few years ago and it has been humming along happily ever since. And I mean hum! It makes a little happy sound like a fish tank pump and after a while it quiets down and becomes a sleepy background noise. The compost that comes out is just amazing. It's easy to use and you just follow the instructions which are pretty clear and concise for something as complicated as this. I mean, there are other methods that are much cheaper, but this one is worth every penny.
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