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Good Ideas EZCJR-BLK 7-Cubic-Foot Compost Wizard Jr.
Please welcome the 7 cubic foot Compost Wizard Jr. This little guy is the scaled down version of its 12 cubic foot kin. The Jr. holds 7 cubic feet of compost and sits on a wheeled base. The handles now provide better grip to make turning even easier. The 12-inch twist off lid keeps your compost safely closed off but is easy to remove and even doubles as an extra turning point. The ends feature aeration holes which provide much needed airflow for the compost batch with the option of drilling more for those who live in areas with low air currents. The wheeled base allows owners to turn the bin effortlessly and can easily be separated to allow the bin to roll freely from place to place. The low profile ensures that it stays out of sight and won't be blown over in high winds like other tumbler composters. The resin material used to mold the bin is 100% recycled and the rich dark color absorbs the sun's heat keeping your compost at a nice hot temperature. Comes fully assembled and requires little maintenance. Just turn once a week and after addition of new material and you can see compost in as little as 14 days. Help keep organic waste out of our landfills by getting a Compost Wizard Jr. today.
7-cubic foot capacity, black
Made from 98% post industrial polyethylene
Recessed handles and wheeled base make turning almost effortless
Child and pet safe
Black color provides heat for quick compost
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292 of 299 found the following review helpful:
good product with one big problemFeb 17, 2011
This is a pretty good household composter. However, there is one big problem with it. When it rains, water accumulates on the base - there is no drainage. We recently had a warm snap and when I lifted the barrel off the base several mosquitos flew out. I drilled a couple of holes into the base so water can escape. It seems like the manufacturer should have thought about this.
185 of 190 found the following review helpful:
Great ComposterOct 30, 2010
By Rick Bones
We have had this composter for about 2 months. It is a well constructed easy to use composter which meets the annual needs for small amounts of daily compost. We do a great deal of cooking with fresh ingredients and generate a larger amount of organic waste than this unit will handle so we will eventually get a second unit. We probably should have purchased the larger unit but I thought I was being conservative on spending the money. In the end I think any serious family will need two (2) compost units regardless or brand or design. One to let finish composting in progress without adding more fresh material, and one to start a new set of compost while the previous one completes it's cycle.
81 of 84 found the following review helpful:
Good Ideas Wizard - 7 Cubic Foot vs 12 Cubic Foot ComposterSep 30, 2011
By Composter Nut
After a great deal of research I purchased both the Jr. Wizard 7 cubic foot model [referred to as Jr. in my review] and the larger 12 cubic foot model Good Ideas 12-Cubic-Foot Compost Wizard [referred to as full sized FS in my review].
Here is my comparison of the two models.
Both models make great compost. The design is extremely simple and both are holding up well. When fully loaded the drum rubs on the base a bit, but that doesn't bother me. If you aren't able to make good compost, you're doing something wrong -- wrong ratio of green to carbon, too dry, too wet. My first batch in the Jr. never heated up -- because I didn't have green material in it... my fault. I googled how to make compost, and making compost is now a snap.
GREAT Compost FAST:
I'm SHOCKED how fast I can make compost in both these models. Wow! It takes me about 3 weeks to make great compost with grass clippings and carbon material (shredded paper and leaves). Simply give it a couple of turns every day or two and add some water with a watering can (especially on the sides where the holes are) a couple times per week... and that's it.
I love the fact that I can roll them to their final destination before unloading the compost. My preferred transportation technique: tilt them on their ends, and use a cheapo dolly to cart the black gold to its new location. Easy.
I really like the larger size of the FS model. It doesn't take up too much space and the opening is larger and easier to get material in/out of. If you have a large area with lots of composting material, the volume difference between the models is noticeable. Unfortunately, there is a "BUT"
**The FS model is really difficult to turn when fully loaded**
I am a 46 year old male in fairly good shape. I can turn it fairly well, but it is tough. My 15 year old son can barely turn it, and I'm sure my wife could NOT. I have developed a technique that works for me. I pull up on the bottom of one side and push down on the other side. She turns pretty well when I do that. It get's easier once the material cooks down a bit, and gets lighter.
The Jr. model works perfectly and is much easier to turn. I'm confident most people 'fit' enough to do yard work can turn the Jr. But, it simply isn't as large as the FS model, and the opening is smaller. Getting the stuff in and out of the FS model is so much easier and enjoyable.
Which One Would I Choose?
If I could only have one, I would choose the FS model... only because it holds so much more stuff and the opening is heavenly large in comparison. If I was rich, I might opt for two Jr. instead of one FS because it is so much easier to turn.
I love both these models and highly recommend them. If you have lots of compost material and think you can turn it, get the FS model. If you have smaller needs or have concerns about the difficulty of turning it, get the Jr. model. Either way, you will be happy.
120 of 129 found the following review helpful:
Very good but not greatSep 07, 2010
By K. Mares
This is fairly easy to turn, nice large screw top opening, nice dimensions, good color, made from recycled plastic. Problem is the ventilation holes drilled into the sides are too "low" so that water drips out with only 1/2" or so of water, so hard to keep the compost moist in my dry climate w/o wetting every day, something I cannot do with my travel schedule--need to water once a week and forget. Also, the lid gets caked up with food scraps--be nice if it were designed to not have the food sit on top of the lid when spun so the lid is at the bottom.
These are small changes that will make this very good composter better.
41 of 42 found the following review helpful:
Being green is easier with this composter!May 17, 2011
By knitting zeal
For months I read reviews and searched for a composter that would meet my gardening needs. I have a small backyard and we are a family of three. I wanted to reduce the quantity of garbage we created while also having a good organic compost for our small veggie garden. I also wanted to stay at a price point of about $100. The Good Ideas 7-Cubic-Foot Compost Wizard Jr.fit all of my needs. The bouns: it didn't require ANY assembly! I found many similar compost containers that came in small boxes of 100 pieces. I don't have time to assemble things with a three year old at my side. This composter arrived in one large box. Opened, it slid out and was ready to be filled. I've been using it for about a month now and have been able to decrease our waste by adding our kitchen scraps to it daily, along with the dried out leaves and plants in the garden. I even added a few worms to help! My three year old likes turning the drum around to mix up the contents. Once the heat of the summer hits, I hope to have some great compost for the garden. It is about the size of a garbage can on it's side and sits in a tray that allows it to rotate to mix up the contents. It is easy to open and spin. It is sturdy and not very heavy, but has survived a few storms without moving. Love it so far, just waiting to see if it really does make good compost in a short time. I used the book Let it Rot!: The Gardener's Guide to Composting (Third Edition) (Storey's Down-to-Earth Guides) to learn about how to compost.
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