Have you started composting?

Have you started composting?

Have you started composting?

For most of us in the Lifetime family, winter is on its way out.

What does that mean? Time to start cooking compost!

For those who don’t know, Lifetime Products makes a Composter! (You can read all about it in my previous post.)

The question was asked “How do I separate my compost from my non-composted organic matter?”

Good question!

First would be getting another composter. One composter would be  for actually making compost in while the other would be for filling up.

When you’re done making compost in one, you can empty it and start using it as your “filler” and the other as your “composter”. Of course, this means buying two of our composters, which we wouldn't mind at all. ;)

The second idea is what I do with my single Lifetime Composter at my house. I can’t fill the thing - as soon as it gets “full”, the composting process cooks it down to about half the volume. Ideally I'd stop adding new materials at this point and let the mass finish cooking, but I don't. So, I end up with half-composted materials in there along with the fully composted stuff. To remedy this, I have a piece of wire mesh that I’ve stapled 2x4s on each end. This, plus another person on the other side, makes a pretty good “sifter”. Empty some of the mix onto the “sifter” and agitate the material into a wheelbarrow or Yard Cart. Place the unsifted material to the side for later, and repeat until your composter is empty. Then, sort through the unsifted material, pick out anything that shouldn’t be there (sticks, rocks, non-organics, etc.) and put it back in your composter to keep cooking.

Please note, this isn’t the “right” way to make compost, but it’ll get you some usable compost and let the rest keep cooking.

Joe

Joe

Name: Joe

Position at Lifetime Products: Web Developer. What does that mean? I work with the rest of the web team to put great designs into industry standard HTML5, CSS3, ASP.NET MVC, and use other techno-jargon stuff to help our customers find what they're looking for, learn about our products, and have a fun time doing it.

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How long at Lifetime Products: Since November 2005

Background: You’ve always wanted to know who on earth Joe is, and even if you haven't we're going to tell you anyway! He was born in Weber County, Utah, USA. He is a descendant of Paiute (Native American) heritage and is a member of the Kanosh (Utah) Band. He is a member of various community, church, and civic organizations, and is actively involved with local, state, and national government. He is concerned with customer service and is striving to educate businesses concerning proper “consumer etiquette”. Joe is a Thawte Web of Trust Notary and is involved with seamless Digital Signatures utilizing Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) and similar technologies. He is a husband and father. He rides his recumbent bicycle to work every day. He enjoys gardening, houseplants, mobile computing, camping, authoring web sites, working in the yard, and spending time with his family. How does he do it all? We really don’t have the foggiest. Some have suspected he’s discovered the secrets of cold fusion, while others think he may be an android. We may never know for certain.

My favorite Lifetime Products: Lifetime Yard cart, outdoor sheds, camp tables, and picnic tables

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Comments

Bob

5/5/2010 9:36:04 PM

I just bought our first composter today at Costco, the lifetime composter. looking forward to assembling it tomorrow. not really sure how to start making compost though, so it will be a learning process for a while. Any tips from you seasoned pros?

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CAROLYN SZABO

8/7/2010 6:22:49 AM

I called Lifetime about the 75-gallon composter because I read several reviews saying the pvc mixing bar bends under weight of the compost materials. I also read the bar had been replaced by a metal bar. When I talked to a Lifetime Representative they tell me both are still being manufactured and that I could get either if I made a purchase.

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joe

8/11/2010 5:05:11 PM

@Carolyn Szabo,

For the majority of our customers, the PVC bar is working just fine. Some users in certain parts of the country where it can get especially hot seemed to experience a problem with the PVC aeration bar "sagging". As a result, we switched to a steel aeration bar in subsequent versions which should handle temperature fluctuations better.

I've got the PVC aeration bar in my composter at home, and haven't had a problem with it. I'm in Northern Utah, about ten minutes from the Lifetime world headquarters where outside temperatures usually don't get hotter than 110-degrees in the summer.

That having been said, Lifetime stands behind their products and will replace defective parts at no cost to the consumer. I apologize if your experience with Customer Service was anything less than ideal. Based on your description it sounds like the Customer Service agent you spoke with was either misinformed or misunderstood.

Whatever you decide I hope you enjoy composting. This is my second year doing it and have had some great results!

- Joe, Lifetime Products

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Frank O

9/4/2010 8:04:13 PM

How hot does it get in the Lifetime composter during the process? I'm shopping for a high end composter and am comparing the Jora270 to the Lifetime. Of note, I was surprised to see my simple compost pile hitting 120 degrees F when it was 20 below last JAN (Denver). Do you have some winter time numbers there in Utah? Also, are the Lifetime walls insulated and if so how?

Thanks

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