Okay so I am brand new to composting. I have been wanting to do it for the longest time but havn't for some odd reason. However now I am breaking down and getting a compost bin. However, I have a few questions for you guys. Please bear with me reading this long post but I really really need the help deciding. So I have been threw many online reviews of compost bins and read up on a variety of them. I have come down to two or so I think. If there are anything better out there please feel free to chime in. But the two I have my eyes on are the Compost Wizard (https://www.compostbins.com/compost-bins/compost-tumblers/rotocomposter12cubicfeetcompostbin.cfm) and the Nature Mill XE Series.
Now let me illustrate a picture for you of why I can't decide between these two compost bins. First off I will be living in an apartment with two other roommates. Colorado is where I will be living which of course has quite the cold weather. I was concerned if I purchased a compost bin that during the winter (which in colorado seems to last forever) it would become nearly nonexistant. Now correct me if I am wrong I'm no expert but I read that during the winter that if the compost bins loose heat that they will slow the process. This leads to not being able to put much waste into the compost bin. To avoid this I thought well maybe I'll bring it inside but for the courtesy of my roomates I didn't want to bring in a smelly compost bin and set it in the middle of our kitchen. I don't have a huge amount of room outside either as all that I have is a small porch to place the compost bin so no huge backyard or anything so I was looking for a rather compact compost bin: Nature Mill & Compost Wizard.
So here it leads me to the Nature Mill compost bin. There are many benefits of this one that I have read so far. It is small, compact and easily used indoors. It has a filter for the smell and as I read you can constantly keep adding stuff to it and it will break them down. (Of course balancing the brown & green items) I read somewhere that compost bins you sometimes have to hold off on adding items. Nature mill however is different says the online website. Also with nature mill you can add dairy/meat unlike other compost bins.
So nature mill has a lot of awesome things but the one downside is that it uses electricity to speed up the process by heating and stirring the contents. Is this awful? I hate how these days we resort to technology to make everything faster and we can't simply rely on nature to do it for us. But with all the points I made earlier I really want this Nature Mill. But using electricity is hypocritical or goofy seeing as it's meant to be a natural process. Is it not? Am I making a bigger deal of it than it really is? Apparently it uses less or the equivalent energy than a light bulb but for some reason the electricity is making me hesitant to purchase it. It says .50 cents of electricity each month.
Other than that the Nature Mill sounds AWESOME compared to the Compost Wizard. On the other hand Compost Wizard seems great for the more "natural approach." Help me decide if you can. Offer your composting wisdom Thanks so much in advance! I need to purchase one soon as I move in soon but cannot decide.