Wednesday, April 6, 2011

What's in the Box? A Compost Mixer!

The Keter Dynamic Composter retails for $98 at Home Depot

One of the (2) 'grand prizes' in my Gardeners' Sustainable Living Project/GiveAway is the Dynamic Composter, by the Keter company. When I received my tumbler to trial for Keter, I was quite excited...especially because it's my first composter ever.  Because it arrived unassembled, I was glad I had a volunteer.

Helpful hubby, of course!

Putting this composter together was not difficult, but it did require reading the directions--as there were quite a few parts.

Other than two hands for assembly, all that was required was a screwdriver to attach a few screws.

Attaching the center piece...

All done. It took my hubby about 30 minutes from start to finish. Not bad! One person could easily put this together without any additional help.

On the Keter website, there is a short video you can watch as well as some features that I will accent here so you don't miss them:

Innovative gear allows effortless tumbling even with a full load

Extra large mixing fins for faster decomposition

Controlled ventilation improves composting

Positive locking latch secures door closed

Take a look at the photo below. What's the composter on the right?!  Well, that was the other one that Keter sent to me to trial...and they were going to give one of those away, too. It's called the E-Composter.  I just did not think it was sturdy and couldn't recommend it. In fact, we put it right back in the box and I contacted Keter to tell them I didn't want to include it in the giveaway.

HOWEVER, I happen to have the box in my garage and would be willing to ship it out to anyone who is willing to pay the cost of mailing. If you are interested, please tell me in a comment here. If there are enough people who want to pay for shipping I'll choose someone directly from this post. Otherwise, I'll probably list it on 'Free Cycle' for someone to come get. (NOTE: I am shipping the composter to MeemsNYC since she was the first to comment. Thanks for your interest.) I mention it here for 2 reasons: One, just because I don't need it or want to use it doesn't mean someone else won't. Two, Keter is a generous company and I have had nothing but positive exchanges with them. They are open to feedback. I read some reviews on the Home Depot website and it appears that Keter stands behind their products--accepting returns, sending replacement products and parts, etc.--when customers are not satisfied.

I'm very happy with the Keter Dynamic Composter. We've been using it for about a month and find it to be solid and easy to turn. I love having it close to the back door where I can just walk out and add kitchen scraps and give it a turn every day.  As the months go on, I will post about the black gold when it develops.
I think you'll be happy with the Dynamic Composter offered in my Give Away. Go on over there now to enter!  All of the Keter products are made from 90% recycled content. Thanks to Keter for allowing me to try one out for myself and to offer one for some very lucky blogger!  Could that be you?!
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ *Have you stopped over to participate in the Gardeners' Sustainable Living Project? It will be 'open' until April 15th so you have plenty of time. I am giving away over 20 garden gifts including a Rain Barrel and a Composter. Be sure to check it out!
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  1. Wow that is generous of them to let you try out both. I would love to have one like the barrel one. I am not so sure the other one would be as convenient. It would beat my trash can composter though. LOL!I like the idea that they stand by their products. That is wonderful to know.

  2. How quickly does the turning one create compost for you? I'll pay for shipping for the other compost you want to get rid of. I am having a great time with composting. I need more room for my leaves so this would be perfect for it. My neighbor hates my leave bags in my yard. So this bin could "hide" the leaves.

  3. I'd love that composter what a generous prize.. fun

  4. That's really generous of you to offer the other composter for the cost of shipping. I'd love it and would be MORE than happy to pay for shipping (and handling too).

  5. How nice of your hubby to help you set it up! That's a great grand prize!

  6. Looks like it is quite easy to assemble.

    How long does it take to make compost?

  7. I'll be sending the composter to MeemsNYC since she was the first to request it.

    James, you'll just have to enter the giveaway--if you haven't already!

    Ferdi Nel, I am not sure how long it will take. I believe the website says several (seems I remember reading somewhere 2 to 3?) batches per season. I've just started using it myself.

  8. How generous of Keter to send you both, Jan! Wow, I'd be happy to pay the postage for the second one. My compost pile is so full of leaves that it's going to take a while for them to all decompose; I'd love to have something to speed the process along.

    Still working on my Sustainable Project post--I hope to have it up Monday.

  9. Hi Rose,
    I'm so glad you will join in on this project/giveaway! I would have been happy to send the square/box composter to you but I went ahead and picked MeemsNYC since she commented first;-) I will be looking for your post! Jan

  10. I mentioned your give away in my last post. :o)I think it's a great idea. The composter looks awesome. I'm planning on buying one this summer. Lucky MeemsNYC!!

  11. Hi Casa Mariposa,
    Thanks for linking your blog;-) I actually went back and linked the actual blog post because that's the one that you want people to read for the giveaway. But now when I click on it it shows a popup that says there is malware. Very frustrating...not sure what the problem is! Thanks for participating and you are still qualified for the tumbling composter because you linked your blog post.

  12. Hi,
    Is anyone else having trouble with the 'positive locking catch' not doing it's job?
    I've just bought one of these and the latch falls open then the door falls off every time I rotate the barrel. I went back to the store and the display model has the same issue.

  13. Hi Darren, I have not had any trouble with the door falling off. You should contact the company directly. I did have a problem with my handle breaking off this summer. We contacted the company and they sent me a free replacement part. Good luck;-)


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