The First Composter Which Requires No Extra Work - No Turning Required
A patented lung® or aeration core inside the Aerobin 400 promotes aerobic breakdown of organic matter, a method experts say is the best for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Aerobin 400's thermal insulation allows for rapid decomposition of biomass, even in cooler climates. It does not require turning and is rodent and pet-proof. It has little odor and can kill noxious weeds and seeds.
The Aerobin 400 is easy to use - simply drop the material into the bin, open, and you're ready. In a short while, you'll be able to access fertile compost.
There is a reservoir at the bottom of the Aerobin 400 for collecting leachate, which can be diluted to make "compost tea", which can be used as liquid fertilizer.
🌳 Huge Capacity of 400 liters which is the equivalent of 113 gallons.
🌳 Winter-ready with insulated side walls and lid - retaining heat generated byaerobic composting and preventing exposure to cold ambient air.
- 🌳 In addition to the base, it has a Leachate Tank to collect liquid nutrients released by biomass (green waste).
- 🌳Turning or agitating the biomass is not necessary - just drop it and forget it!
- 🌳No accessories needed for the Aerobin 400.
- 🌳It is vermin-proof.
- 🌳 Composting with Aerobin is quick and easy.
- 🌳System of recirculation of moisture.
- 🌳The aerobin reduces greenhouse gas emissions.
- 🌳Designed in Australia
- Size of Article (L x W x H): 29" x 29" x47"
- Net Weight: 56 lbs.Single Packaging - boxes: 2
- Kind of Packaging: Brown cardboard
- Kind of Palette: 40" x 48"
- Size of Master Carton box 1: 9.7" x 29.5" x 29.3"
- Size of Master Carton box 2: 22" x 28.8" x 25"
- Weight box 1: 23.7 lbs
- Weight box 2: 49.5 lbs
- Shipping quantities: Qty per 40' HC - 175 unitsUPS/Fedex Shippable
PROS & CONS
- A patented self-aeration lung eliminates the need to manually turn the compost
- Polystyrene double wall insulation offers protection against cold weather
- Easy to put together,
- strong and sturdy, and it doesn't blow away or fall over thanks to its heavy-duty construction
- Aerobin 400 generates lots of heat to create a warm environment for composting.
- When it is too hot, the plastic may warp and change shape, making it unfit for use in very hot weather
- Compostable materials take a long time to break down
- When the compost contains woody items like twigs, some users find that they have to mix it manually
- Spigot is hard to turn and can become blocked, making draining water difficult
- This is a tall design, so reaching the bottom can be difficult
Compost will be ready after 3 to 6 months of regular use, but some users have said they have seen results in just over a month — turning the compost manually speeds up the process.
You can easily check the compost by removing either of the 2 side access doors. If you take a peek and the compost seems to be damp, darkly colored, and even in texture, it is ready for use!
DOUBLE WALL INSULATED DESIGN
An insulated composter will help your materials become “hot compost” and break down quicker. As anyone who has left a cup of tea for too long knows, everything will cool or heat to the temperature around it. Put your tea in an oven and it will heat up, leave it outside in sub-zero temperatures and it will freeze. With an insulated compost bin, heat is produced when the compostable material breaks down and the insulation keeps that heat inside the bin instead of it escaping. The thick, double wall insulation uses polystyrene to keep this heat and uses it to break down the compost itself.
Good hot composting needs around 40 to 60 degrees heat. So when you’re putting the composter in your garden, think about where it will be. In a cooler climate, try to put it somewhere in direct sunlight so the bin itself will be helped to keep warm.
In a very big compost heap, you’ll find the centre will be warmer than the outside. The compost should be turned regularly to make sure the cold waste on the top and outsides is mixed into the hotter centre. The average household produces about five kilograms of food waste a week. Add to this a bag of grass cuttings in the summer when you’re doing more gardening and you could have around 15kg every week in your bin. To keep your compostables hot, you should make sure you’re adding around 10kg a week.
HEAVY DUTY CONSTRUCTION
This bin is designed to be installed in your garden and left there. This is great but it means you must have something which can withstand everything Mother Nature throws at it! The Aerobin is designed with heavy duty plastic covering and is billed as being able to withstand gales, cold temperatures and boiling hot summers.
The last thing any composter wants is to come out after a heavy storm and find half rotted vegetable peelings scattered across the garden as the bin has been knocked over by the wind. Equally, foxes or other garden visitors may knock a less durable bin over and get at the contents so making sure your bin will stay sturdy is very important.
The Aerobin has a lid which means you can completely seal the compost heap – helping to deter pests and keep the heat in.
TWO DOORS TO REMOVE COMPOST
These doors also help you gather the soil into a wheelbarrow so you can carry it around the garden to spread on flowerbeds or in pots. The barrow can be put in front of the bin and the compost shoveled out at waist height rather than having to kneel down to the floor or dig down into the bin from the top and lift it down into a bucket or barrow.
The door itself also lifts off completely which makes it easy to get a fork or shovel into the bin itself and harvest your compost.
Most buyers find the Aerobin 400 to be fairly easy to assemble and can put it together in an hour or so, with only one person. There are no tools needed.
There can be some confusion as to which parts go together, as they are not well labeled, and some may have difficulty attaching the panels together.
It’s definitely worth checking out the instructional video on the assembly in order to get some context as to how everything goes together.
The Bottom Line
Overall, the Aerobin 400 composter is a pretty solid good purchase for home composting needs. If you want a high quality, large capacity ground-based bin, this is perhaps the best out there, though the drainage tape design is not ideal.
It is able to hold a large amount of material and keeps rodents out while keeping heat in, even when the temperature is low outside. Many users have had great results with the quality of the output after 4-5 months and their end result seems to be worth the minor tweaks needed.