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Seeking a decent quality easy access wooden compost bin

I'd like a wooden compost bin like this as it would seem easy to load/unload. However the reviews on this Lacewing one suggest there's a quality issue - slats broken on delivery or break when assembling. Can anyone please recommend something similar but of better quality?

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  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 8,549
    I bought 3 of these about 4-5 years ago and have produced really good compost from them.
    The slats still slide in and out fairly easily.

    https://www.gardeningworks.co.uk/Professional-Classic-Wooden-Compost-Bin-Extendable.html
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  • BenCottoBenCotto RutlandPosts: 3,615
    As I might need to replace my compost bins soon I have been looking into this and the two companies that caught my eye were Gardening Works as recommended by Pete.8 and this supplier

    https://agamemnon-timber.co.uk/compost-bins/double-bay-compost-bin.html

    I would not choose a bin with the slatted front.
  • Singing GardenerSinging Gardener EssexPosts: 1,189
    I have 3 of the ones you've illustrated and they're still going strong after 5 years. It's true that the slats aren't cut to fit very well and that some did break on assembly and with use but they are still fine for the purpose.
  • steephillsteephill Posts: 2,384
    Another satisfied Gardening Works customer here. I got a double bay model and it was easy to set up and use. The composting worms seem to love it!
  • BenCottoBenCotto RutlandPosts: 3,615
    Unfortunately I have given away the fairly recent copy of Gardening Which which reviewed compost bins but maybe some other member has it and can supply better details. From memory I think the wooden compost bin that fared best was from Gardening Works (Agamemnon bins were not tested) but outperforming the wooden bins quite significantly were plastic ones. I think this was one of the ones that did particularly well

    https://www.homebase.co.uk/garantia-thermoking-composter-900l_p567758
  • BenCottoBenCotto RutlandPosts: 3,615
    edited January 2021
    Conflation? Guilty, your honour. Thermo Star and Eco King were the best performing plastic compost bins.

    https://www.garantia.co.uk/composters/thermo-star-composter.html

    Edit: I see Garantia make all three bins so this looks like the company to choose if you go down this route.
  • Will take a look at your suggestions  :)
  • I would not choose a bin with the slatted front.

    Why do you say this BenCotto ?
  • BenCottoBenCotto RutlandPosts: 3,615
    Bins work best when heat is trapped inside. The slats have the opposite effect, drying out the compost, losing heat and potentially allowing compost to fall out, though that I doubt,
  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 15,872
    Even with the plastic bins, the ones with "aeration holes" do not hold the moisture in, and it dries out instead of rotting near the holes.
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