Jora 70: Hot Compost Tumbler Review -After 2 Years in My Urban Garden

Hi Youtubers! I’m Al Gracian from I just got done sifting some of my compost and I want to show you what I used to do this. I have
a tumbling composter. This is an insulated one that can get to some pretty high
temperatures without needing a large volume of compost, compared to
conventional pile techniques. This is something that can work really great in
an urban area you really don’t have much space. Maybe you have a decent budget but you just don’t have the room to do a large three foot by three pile. This is a Joraform JK270 composter
or it’s also called more recently a Jora70. So this is two chambers and I’ll
give you a quick overview of this. But I want to talk specifically about how
this has been working out for me since it’s coming up on two years that I’ve
owned it. Has the insulative foam completely broken down? Is the thing
collapsing? I’m going to let you see. I’m also going to show you the quality of the
compost that I got from this and I’ll let you know what type of person is going to
benefit the most from this composting technique as opposed to using some other
technique to be able to process all organic waste. Taking a better look at
this Joraform tumbler, after nearly two years it’s been holding up very well. I
don’t see any structural issues. No bowing or buckling. No caving in on
itself. Even though every day I come in and I spin this thing and I’ve been
constantly using it this entire time. I’ve never cleaned it. I’ve never wiped
it since having purchased it. And, on the underside of it there is some messy
drippings that you’re going to get. So expect that. If you actually clean and
wipe it up you can keep it looking nice. But I wanted you to see what happens
after a couple years of using this. I have it up against this wall here. And as
you spin it, that force can propel some of the liquids up
against the wall. So think about that if you are doing something like what I’m
doing. Maybe you might want to have something behind there to get rid of any
splashing issues. This is going to be dripping periodically. That’s a normal
thing. And in fact when it’s getting really hot you might find that it’s doing that
a lot. And that’s great. It’s cookin’. But I have this on concrete slab so I had to
put something underneath to catch those drippings. And just some upside down
lids from some totes have done the job. But this will splash. So if you have
this around there expect that you can have some things that are getting splashed on the edges from that too. Just another thing to be aware of. But why don’t I
open this up and I’ll be able to show you how it’s looking inside and how the
foam, that insulation, has been holding up. If you haven’t seen what the inside of one of these looks like before, you have a layer of foam in the middle of the two chambers and then on the
sides each of these chambers holds about 35 gallons of material. And once you fill
up the one side you can then move on to the other side. I just got done emptying
this one out. And if we look in here we’ve got all those different materials
some are fresh. Some are long since broken down. On the sides you have a little
ventilation hole that allows for air to get in there. That way this doesn’t go
septic or anaerobic in its processes. But rather it stays nicely aerated. Oxygen
is in there. And you have the best process for breaking down this waste. Yes
it’s definitely messy overtime. But the foam itself has held up very well. Even
though we’ve gotten probably around 160 degrees, I never had
any type of receding that has occurred. So even though this will cook, the foam
itself hasn’t cooked away. And structurally everything i think is still
pretty sound and I’m happy with how it’s been holding up. I’ll show you the system that I am using to
be able to get my compost when it’s actually finished, and it’s time to get
that stuff and start using it. What I’m doing I open up just one of the hatches
for one of the lids and underneath I have a 30 gallon tote. Then with the lid open, I just have to go like this and out comes my compost. It’s actually worked pretty well for me. If
you have one of those special wheel barrels that are short and fit underneath, you can use one of those and that’s great. I just don’t have one of those and I think that using one of these totes fits the bill. With the compost being completely finished we have a really nice
consistency here. It’s taken me a little bit of trial and error to figure out a
good balance of the carbons and the nitrogens, you know, the browns and greens. But I think I have it working pretty well. I’ll get some clumps sometimes but it’s not
bad and we do have a lot of loose particles in here that you can sift and
use that sifted compost for things like seed starting and whatever else. I want
to show you here, this is what I just got done doing. Here I have a five gallon
bucket of the larger particles that I’m not going to use for things like seed
starting, but I’ll put in the ground and it’s gonna work great. And then this is
the finer stuff. So look at the consistency with this. Very nice. Good texture. Its not quite to the
point of where you’d have with like worm castings. But still I’ve got almost five
gallons of this. So, all in all, I got about 10 gallons out of this one chamber. And that one chamber cooked down actually from two chambers, that were combined
into one. And then over the course of several months, which included the winter,
(when it was really cold). But over that time period we went from probably more
than 35 gallons of organic matter. Could have been forty, fifty gallons. And now we’re down to around ten gallons. That’s the finished product. So I look forward to being able to use
this. And one last thing that I want to show you. What I used to actually sift this
stuff. You can get these screens these sieves that you can insert a couple of
different size size options of the mesh that you can put in there, the screen. And
just put it into a container. Pour the stuff in there. Shake it. Shift it. You know. And then you
can separate it and use it as you desire. So do I recommend this composting unit? I
absolutely do. As long as you’re in a situation that really merits making
that investment. If you look at the prices online different tumbling units
are going to cost you at least a little bit of money. Easily, you can spend $100.
But when you talk about the Joraform, you’re actually getting into several
hundred dollars. And that can be pretty pricey. If you’re gardening on a budget,
this probably isn’t for you. But if you have a reasonable budget and you’re
looking at a long-term goal of being able to process as much organic material
as possible. Including disease material. Things that are full of weeds. You want
to be sure that you can get a super high temperature. That way you’ve completely
eliminated those pathogens and the compost that you produce is healthy and ready to go in
your garden. Well, a tumbling unit like this can really fit the bill especially when you don’t have much
space. This has a very small footprint and I just have it here inside of my
uninsulated garage. And I’m able to use it year round. Now, it’s possible that
you could use this maybe in a basement. But after having a couple years to mess
around with this and seeing how, you know, you’ll get some bugs. You’ll get like
little flies and things. I really wouldn’t use this inside of my house, even if it’s
just in the basement of a house. I probably would not recommend anybody do that. But inside of an adjacent structure it should be fine. And of course, you can use it outside and
it’s going to hold up pretty well because of the excellent powder coating
that this has. So that shouldn’t be an issue. But if you have two, three, five, ten, a
hundred acres of land why on earth would you get one of these?
Just go ahead and make big piles. You probably have a lot more organic matter
that you can work with that you can collect to do composting. But in addition to
being able to make a large pile outside, if you have the space for it (which of
course costs you nothing) you could also look into vermi-composting as a way to,
on a small scale, process of your organic waste. But at the same time it’s not
going to have the big investment up front that one of these things has.
That’s actually how I started out doing my composting processes. By doing vermi-composting using red worms that I’ve been able to set up in a box that I keep
outside and keep the worms outdoors, year-round. But they survived every
winter here in western Pennsylvania. It’s pretty cool. But those systems have
limits. And in that situation that’s where this kicks in. So I’m using,
in tandem, two processes: Doing hot composting with the tumbler. Doing
vermi-compostign with red wigglers. And this is working great for me. The key is
for you to find a solution that fits your situation, your circumstances, what you’re looking
to accomplish. So that you can continue to process organic waste rather than
throwing that out. You can keep all of those nutrients on-site cycling reusing
them in your garden. That is a key to sustainable gardening and sustainable
living. Reducing the amount of inputs that you need to bring into your property. This is a tool that will help you to achieve that. And I
definitely recommend for those people that are limited on space, but have a
reasonable budget. I recommend that they give this a try. If you’re going to
get any tumbler, this should be the one that I would get. Save up. Spend the one that costs a little bit more, but it’s going to give you the best performance and hold up the
best over time. Well after a couple of years now I can
really speak about what I think about this. And I am very happy. I have no buyer’s remorse over purchasing this. I’ll have the link below on Amazon, if you want to see where I got it from. But regardless I hope this video was able to help you. Thanks for
taking the time to watch it. And as always: Happy Gardening! This is the highest that I’ve ever even seen this. And it’s on a day when it’s 33 degrees
inside of my garage. So, yeah that’s pretty cool.

16 thoughts on “Jora 70: Hot Compost Tumbler Review -After 2 Years in My Urban Garden

  1. This seems to b the fav composter of YT gardeners as John Kohler and VeganAthlete both use it as well. But this is the first eval look in detail. Good to see that the foam is holding up after 2 yrs. I would keep a close eye on that foam over the coming yrs. If u see any signs of wear or breakdown, i would consider not using it. Agree that composting outdoors when possible is best option. I jst dig couple 5G holes in the ground and throw things in and cover up with concrete slab and FIFO the final compost. No chemical worries, no bugs, no wear, no upkeep, no mess, simple and ez.

  2. Really nice! I love compost tumblers. I personally think if you have just a little more space your best option is to get two less expensive 100L ones for around $250 in total. Either way, you for sure need at least two separate stages.

    I appreciate your giving the pro's and con's of this. I think it's a great product for sure though as you said for certain applications.

  3. excellent video series on this composter I have a little less then half an acre and am saving my penny's to buy one I subed

  4. We need a jora. The amount of food waste going into plastic bags then into the wheelie bin is making me sick…I used to compost everything we ate and didn't eat.

  5. I finally got one. Set it up yesterday. The first half is already full, and I think I got the ratios just right. I can't wait to see what happens once it gets started! Thanks for the helpful videos!

  6. I've been able to find out from reviews online that these will fall apart from 5 to 8 years after constant use. The seams end up rusting out and it becomes unusable.

  7. Thanks for the eval!
    A: wouldn't the tote itself work to catch the tea w/o splashing?
    B: are you saying it gets hot enuf in the garage in the winter to completely cook?
    Thank you for any thoughts on the questions … I'm in MN

  8. I`l put a very smouth boulder in my Joraform.
    It works well, no more compostballs that form and te mass does not het stuck but keeps tumbling. The weight of my little smooth boulder is about 1 kilo (1000 grams)
    De boulder is not heavy enought to cause damage.

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