Originally Posted by changingseasons
Which one is your favorite? I'm still trying to decide what type I want to build.
They all have their advantages and disadvantages.
Worm bin: Pros - GREAT compost - nutrient rich, kid loves it because worms are fun. Easy to maintain. Cons - we generate a lot of compost - so it doesn't handle it all. Can't add yard debris on top of our kitchen scraps because it's for small scale composting. Separating worms from castings is involved.
Tumbling Composter: Pros: Fast, Easy to turn. Great for our grass clippings when we've let the lawn get to long to just fall during mowing. Cons: Small batch composting. Can't continually add stuff or it never finishes.
Electric: Pros: Fast! 2 weeks. Cons: Noisy enough that we keep it in the garage. Smelly. It's hard to figure out the brown to green ratio (only smelly when you open it though - and not a big deal when out in the garage.)
Wire compost pile. Pro's - by far the easiest. I just toss stuff in and leave it. Haven't taken a batch out yet. We were sort of thinking it would be a great holding "tank" for our compost material while we were waiting for a batch to finish in the rotating composter. No smell yet.
Cons: Noticed lots more critters (bugs really) in this composter. No biggie.
My favorite though is probably the worm bin. I just love the compost that comes out of it.