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Yimby Tumbler Composter – Full Review

Yimby Tumbler Composter Review

Compost has been claimed to be the miracle worker for your garden.  Naturally, you want to get in on that action.  Perhaps it's for reasons more complex than just wanting healthier plants that produce better fruit and foliage all while requiring less water and fertilizer.  Either way you've found our Yimby tumbler composter review, and we're eager to tell you all about it.

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Who Is This Unit Made For?

​You would be considering this compost bin if:

  • You don't like "turning" your compost pile with a fork
  • Small amounts of compost will suffice
  • You want something durable AND affordable
  • Building your own tumbler can wait.  You want to start now

Still interested?  Let's take a look at some great features of this unit.

What is Great About This Tumbler?

Close up picture of the dual chambers - Yimbly Tumbler Composter Review

​The dual chambers make this unit a versatile option for you to consider.  Why do dual chambers matter?  Let's say you've filled up on side and now it's time for it to cook.  While that side is cooking, you have the ability to add your brown and green scraps to the other side.  If timed properly, you could always have a side that is always ready for more materials.

There is a Season, Turn, Turn, Turn​

Some of the other compost bins require you to "turn" your pile.  That is just a nice way of saying that you have to get out there with a pitch fork all angry villager style and lift up fork loads of composting materials.  All of this to achieve the goal of keeping your pile aerobically decomposing (this helps keep it from becoming a stinky pile).  With the Yimby tumbler composter, you literally turn your pile.  

Yes, it's that simple.  Those dark "holes" you see in the bin act as hand holds for your to grab the bin and give a turn that would impress even Bob Barker. (Seriously though, don't go too crazy)

​Are There Any Concerns?

Who trusts a review that can't come up with something to improve?  Right! Me neither. Here are some items for your consideration:​

  • You will only have enough compost for a small garden
  • Assembly can be challenging (Invite a friend)
  • The assembly manual leaves a lot to be desired (see prior bullet point)
  • It won't tell you how to compost

Some people have difficulty composting.  We get it.  Anyone who's ever tried to compost has had some head scratchers.  We've all looked like this gorilla while wondering why our compost isn't cooking as expected.  It's a right of passage.

Then we remember that there's a little science to keep in mind: More browns than greens!  We will be adding our own how-to article soon to help you get the right mixture.

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Conclusion

We hope you have a better idea about the pros and cons of this bin.  Any design can always be improved.  You are now armed with the information to help you make a decision.  We think this makes a great entry-level bin for someone with a yard (this is not apartment friendly).  You could try to pick this up at Home Depot if you really have to have it now.  You will at the best price plus free shipping with Amazon.

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10 comments
Capn' Jeff says a couple of years ago

I appreciate you taking the time to do the leg work for me. I’m half hearted about my compost and that is probably why it is so lack luster. I do have to go pitch fork mode at this point which I simply don’t do often enough. Is this your personal choice of composting? Just curious to other avenues as well, but this could definitely get my pile moving.

    Neil says a couple of years ago

    Ahoy Capn’ Jeff,

    Pitch fork mode.  I like that!  Honestly, my yard is my laboratory. I have compost piles, compost bins (made of pallets), and tumblers.  Variety is the spice of life.  The pitch fork is great for exercise and really helps me feel like a farmer.  The crickets really dig my piles.  The tumbler is just plain simple.  I really feel that the secret is getting the right mixture of browns and greens.  If you get that right, any method will work.  Get it wrong, and you’ll be waiting a long time for compost.  Thank you for your comment!  I hope you eventually get your compost cookin’.

Stu says a couple of years ago

This is what I’ve been looking for! I’ve only seen DIY versions of this style of composter made from all sorts of salvage before. I’m not one for labour intensive gardening so this would be a great addition to my ‘semi automated’ garden.
As I am planning to expand my growing area do you know if they have larger models? Or would I need to 2 of these for more compost production?

    Neil says a couple of years ago

    Stu,

    I built one of those DIY jobs and it looks like a hot mess for sure.  I recommend only going with the two units if you have the money.  Since you can get free shipping, I would start off with one and seeing how well you do in your area.  One benefit from doing two however might be that you could keep the divider out and then compost a bigger batch.  The bigger the batch the faster you get finished compost.  As far as larger models, I don’t believe Yimby makes a larger model.  Thank you for leaving us a comment.

John Rico says a couple of years ago

Hey there! I’m actually looking for a composter for my grandmother. She has compost on her backyard and sometimes its getting smelly and messy. I think that this yimby tumbler composter is the best for her. I’m planning to buy one of this for her and I found your review very informative and helpful. I like how you share a video about assembling it. Thank you for sharing this information and I’ll surely buy one of this soon.

    Neil says a couple of years ago

    John,

    I started a compost bin where I work and there were several of my coworkers that were concerned that the pile would smell bad.  A foul smelling pile is surely indicative of a pile that needs to be turned and have more “browns” added to it.  Hopefully that assembly video will come in handy!  Best of luck!

B. A. Scott says a couple of years ago

Hi! Thanks for this very informative article on this composter and composting in general.

I’ve always wanted to make my own compost, but really wasn’t too thrilled about tossing the goo around with a pitchfork. This unit is nice. It’s neither too big nor too small. It’s just about right for my purposes.

However, I really don’t know much about composting. Do you ave any books or suggestions to help me out?

    Neil says a couple of years ago

    B.A.,
    Thank you for your comment. We always appreciate when our readers take the time to leave us a message. I’d be happy to share a favorite book: http://amzn.to/2sfgczD

    If you’re like me, and you’d like a little video to get you started, here’s the author’s TEDx talk: https://youtu.be/n9OhxKlrWwc

    I love this guy’s sense of humor to which makes for a more enjoyable read.

Cristina says a couple of years ago

Neil, your review is an excellent review of this compost tool. I feel like having one! My only problem is that I live in the city, in an apartment without much possibility of planters. Are there any of these smaller tools for apartments? I will not be able to have an orchard, but I could make crates where to plant herbs for the kitchen or to drink herbal tea. I would also like to ask you if this type of tools can be sent to Chile? I live there.

    Neil says a couple of years ago

    Cristina,

    I’m sorry to say it, but I am not certain about the product being available in Chile.  Can you shop on Amazon there?  I have to other references for you for your situation.  Check out 7 Top Rated Compost Bins for 2017 and you might find something right for you.

    Alternatively, I just finished writing a post on how to straw bale garden that might help you grow a good amount of plants in a small area.

    Thank you for your comment!  I’d love to hear what you decide on.

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