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Joraform Compost Tumbler JK270 'Big Pig'


In a nutshell....

The Jora 'Big Pig' Compost Tumbler is a Rotary Composter, also called JK270. It is a fast working composter that recycles up to 2.5kgs of waste each day. Much faster than other composters. Back in full stock now for immediate delivery

The Joraform Compost Tumbler For Faster Home Composting

Back in stock mid November. Order now for delivery mid November.

New updated Version with improved insulation now being stocked.

The Jora rotary composter is also known by its technical name JK270, or more affectionately as 'Big Pig'. We can't believe how quick and efficient this composter is. It takes up very little room and composts so fast you struggle to keep it full. No rodent problems or strong smells, fits easily in a small garden. You can even add cooked meat and fish waste! This unique digester is a home composting system that will recycle household food waste and garden waste of up to 2.5kgs daily.

The "Big Pig" digester is like a large mechanical stomach that literally digests the organic matter you feed it.
A fully insulated, 116cm x 88.6cm  bin that bolts on to the side of your house, it’s clean,
self-contained, and it turns food waste into rich compost faster than the average household can fill it.

The Big Pig is so well insulated that the internal temperature reaches around 75 degrees centigrade. At that kind of temperature the micro-organisms work so fast that you can almost see the food breaking down before your eyes

Composting occurs at temperature intervals of+2 to +78C. Different micro-organisms work at different temperature intervals. Higher temperatures give a higher degree of hygienic composting, and are, therefore, more favourable.With equal moisture distribution and oxygen configuration in the Little Pig unit, plus with continued addition of waste, the temperature will rise to 65-75C. You don't have to buy a thermometer, as you will see the steam rising from the contents. In fact, it can get too hot to bury your hand in it - should you wish to do so!

Two Compartments for Maximum Results
The digester is divided into two compartments, this means that you can stagger production and always have a ready supply of compost!

Features & Benefits:
'Continuous-use' dual chamber composter
Durable, rust proof galvanized steel construction
Holds 7.5 cubic feet (60 gallons) of compost
Operating capacity: 4-7.5 gallons per week
Side vents provide aeration, and speed up composting
Reduces or eliminates odors
Fully-enclosed and pest resistant
Rodent proof - elevated so rodents cannot access waste
Set up to be either freestanding or mounted

Exterior: galvanized, powder-coated steel panels
Insulation: 2.16" polyethylene - a stable, non-toxic plastic
Stand: galvanized steel
Stainless steel hardware

Remember these units come in a box and need to be assembled however we have a great Youtube Video on our channel about how to assemble them which is definitely worth watching before assembly.

Rotating Compost:
Easy to rotate - simply turn by hand after adding waste
Fresh waste is brought into direct contact with decaying waste
Adds air to the mixture, providing oxygen that is vital for the process

Dimensions of Composter: 91cm wide x 76cm deep

Dimensions of complete unit on Frame: 130cm high x base of frame 114cm wide x 72cm deep


JK 125 

JK 270 

JK 400 

Dimensions drum (mm)

710 x 600 

920 x 700 

1170 x 800 

Dimensions incl. stand (mm)          

950 x 700      

1150 x 700     

1400 x 800 

Height incl. high stand (mm)








Volume (liter)




Capacity l/week




Write a Review
Susan kavanagh
February 18th, 2021
Have this about a year and a half. Once you get the mix right, it works well ( initially was too dry because I’m used to uncovered compost heaps which get watered!). But unhappy that one of the legs is rusting quite badly already......
June 15th, 2020
Got this in December 2019. Really happy with it. It took a few hours to assemble. I did that mainly on my own with a bit of help from my wife. The instructional video is really useful. It is a great system. As previous posters have said, you do need the wood pellets as a carbon source. Cardboard is not enough. For anybody running into difficulties with smell or liquid leaking out of the composter, just add my wood pellets and it will resolve almost all difficulties. It took me 3 or 4 months to fill the first side, because it is breaking down as you add it, so even if it is nearly full today, when you add more in a few days, there is more space again, because the previous contents have broken down. Finally in April, i moved onto the second compartment. The first compartment has broken down now and is only half-full. So the size really reduces a lot during composting. I have been adding used kitchen roll, but it tends to gather into balls and be slower to break down. Neverth
April 09th, 2020
I have owned this for over two years. It composts kitchen waste, garden waste and waste from 3 chickens. The wooden shavings that are removed with the chicken waste are sufficient to maintain healthy composting. It is durable and produces great odour free compost. Composting reduces outside through the winter but so does the quantity of garden waste so I have never exceeded capacity. I would highly recommend for fast, odour and rodent free composting.
February 14th, 2020
More than I needed.
January 17th, 2020
Samm Lewis
January 17th, 2020
This is the one to get if ur in 2 minds about it well pleased
Harry Stockton
December 04th, 2019
Can't fault. Maybe assembly could have been easier but i have it now 4 months and the results are smashing so delighted i bought it for the house. Expensive but i reckon in time i will get my money back on top grade compost. Uses more pellets than i thought
Peter Shorte
October 11th, 2019
Perfect, waited until I got some compost out of it for review. Top marks
Aine Butler
August 13th, 2019
I bought this composter a few months ago and have waited a while to review it. I wish I had got it years ago! Absolutely fab, I put in a 10L bucket of all kitchen waste every day or two along with a handful of wood pellets. I haven't even filled up the first compartment yet! It breaks down quicker than I thought possible. Highly reccommend it. Use the pellets and keep tumbling it.
April 05th, 2019
Having given Full name and address, Eircode and mobile number, my Big Pig did not arrive. I eventualy colledted it from a fastway depot, the fastway office told me no Eircode or mobile number was displayed on any labels on both boxes so they were unable to contact me to deliver the parcels. It took 3 people 7 hours to construct the pig whilst using the you tube video and instructions given. We found it very challenging and exhausting, however we managed to complete the task and now we await to see how useful and effective it will be
February 09th, 2019
we love it, We used it for more than 18 month. Moved bottom tube to the back, and raised the unit up on some bricks, so our wheelborrow fits under when we empty. We have 2 loose trays under to collect the juices (fertiliser) Need a lot of wood pellets, which are better than paper. No smells. Noting we don't like about it.
January 30th, 2019
Fantastic composter. Breaks scraps down extremely quickly, I set it up in early November and we've had 6-12 people in the house since. I've been emptying alternate sides every 2-3 weeks (so 4-5 weeks total composting time in the pig) then letting it age in a spare wheelie bin. It definitely gets hotter when I use wood pellets rather than card/paper as a carbon source. And it takes more pellets than you'd think to keep it from getting wet and stinky.
August 18th, 2018
I have to say. It was money well spent. It is awesome. No smell,no rodents and so easy to use. I am not sure to what level I fill the compartment.that is the only query I have. I give it 10/ 10.
Alan Shuttleworth
April 27th, 2018
I have read some comments about people struggling to make panels line up when assembling so:- Assembled my JK270 today and here are some tips. 1: Unlike the video, the bottom horizontal tube should be at the back. 2: Use one of the self tapping screws to start the threads in all the holes in the end panels to make final assembly easier. 3: Before making the holes in the insulation for the nylon screws, stand the unit up with the end panels, insulation & centre panels in place then fit four insulated horizontal panels top, bottom, left and right to make sure the insulated panels are lined up correctly, then push the nylon screws through. There is room to fit the nuts and tighten with the horizontal panels in place. 4: Remove the horizontal insulated panels and then assemble all the panels and doors in the correct order as in the instructions. By taking the time to do this you will find that everything fits beautifully into place as mine did. Really pleased with the unit, I loaded my
Carol Penney
April 26th, 2018
March 20th, 2018
This tumbler is easy to use, I’ve not had a first batch out of it yet, but am seeing how it breaks down material. Cutting vegetable matter into smaller chunks does help. Construction was straightforward and the video certainly helped as did some of the feedback on the reviews.
March 16th, 2018
It leaks and not sure if I am doing something wrong ??? I give it 5 stars for getting rid of All kitchen waste
September 17th, 2017
A great invention that fits well with a well orginised garden. Easy to fill and turn.Difficult to assemble as the enclosed directions for assembly were not clear and did require the help of two persons. It is heavy when assembeled. No regrets of purchase.
Martin Forde
August 23rd, 2017
The Joraform Compost Tumbler JK270 " The Big Pig" is absolutely brilliant. One of our best investments. We found the video extremely helpful in assembling it. No house should not be without one. Excellent quality compost. A huge saving on waste collection.
June 26th, 2016
If I hadn't watched your youtube video I'd have struggled with the bare-bones assembly instructions. For an item of this cost, I would have expected proper guidance on use. Otherwise fine so far.
April 19th, 2016
Great product,quick delivery,friendly and helpful courier. The Joraform composter isn't too hard to put together if you watch the very helpfull video on the Quickcrop web site. This video allowed me to complete the job in about 70 minutes,without this help it Would have taken much,much longer as the included instructions from platform are poor. Price wise a bit expensive . I gave it five stars because I was able to get the price down by 12% by availing of the black Friday deal. The insulation appears to be about two inches thick and this item is of very good quality. Only just started to use it so too early to say much other than it is easy to spin and feels quite sturdy in use.
Emily Fitzgerald
March 17th, 2016
Bought the JK270 about a month ago and just got around to assembling it last weekend. The assembly video is spot on and made putting it together extremely easy. Would have been lost without it as there were no instructions in the boxes we received. There was a packet of jellies though which helped me through the process - thanks Quickcrop!! ;-) It does need two people towards the end and brute force is needed to push the panels into place...I made it as far as this assembling it on my own. Two people also needed to tighten everything at the end. I've put a few loads in so far and looking forward to getting into the swing of using it and getting compost over the coming months. My rubbish bin contents (and that of my parents) is already greatly reduced! :-) Will post another review in 4/5 months.
Ask a Question
Asked By RayD
on August 13th, 2021
Can the Joraform be left indoors in a garage for example or does it require additional external exposed weather for heat in order to reach higher temperatures within the unit?
Answered by Niall
on August 13th, 2021
Hi Ray We have lots of customers who keep them inside and it actually helps the internal temperatures particularly in the Autumn and Spring. That said it will leak a little for the first few uses until the heat expands the foam so be careful on that front. Once the foam expands inside the leaking will stop. Other than that if used properly you won't have any odour issues Niall Quickcrop
Asked By Paul Whelan
on July 05th, 2021
My pig is operation for about 3-4 weeks. It has taken all my kitchen waste (which was a lot!) and fair amount of garden stuff already. I have stopped feeding the first side, it was very, very hot there for a while but has cooled down a lot now. Is this normal, as it gets towards done it gets cooler? It still seems to be breaking stuff down (I chopped through a few handfuls with a scissors). Thanks
Answered by Niall
on July 05th, 2021
Hi Paul If you email our customer support on support@quickcrop.com the guys will send you on a user manual which will help you with the process. It does cool down after the initial build up of heat but as it breaks down you can add more to that side which will get the heat moving again and also means you get more in each side of the unit Niall Quickcrop
Asked By Aedín
on June 08th, 2021
Hi. I have hens and use wood shavings as their bedding. Can I put hen droppings and the wood shavings into the pig? Would this suffice as the dry material for the pig? Thanks.
Answered by Niall
on June 09th, 2021
Hi Aedin It couldn't be better. Once the wood shavings are the smaller versions they will break down in one cycle of the compost bin. The larger ones will have to go through twice. But yes it is a perfect mix and the chicken droppings are rocket fuel Niall Quickcrop
Asked By Paddy L
on June 06th, 2021
Hi, can I use leaves instead of wood pellets in this composter?
Answered by Niall
on June 08th, 2021
Hi Paddy Yes. That is what i do along with shredding up the cardboard and paper that comes through our house Niall Quickcrop
Asked By Paul Whelan
on May 30th, 2021
Hi, Have been mulling over buying the big pig for a couple of years. Do you absolutely need wood pellets/saw dust? I would have a ton of cardboard coming through the house (4 kids). Also I my neighbour has a massive oak tree in his garden, each year I collect at least 2 ton bags of leaves from his tree. I try all sorts to get rid of these. Would cardboard and leaves cover my brown waste needs?
Answered by Niall
on May 31st, 2021
Hi Paul No need for the wood pellets. I don't use them as i do exactly what your are proposing. I shred up all of the cardboard and paper from the house and use that and in the Autumn i put leaves in but you have to be careful to only use a small amount of leaves at one time Niall Quickcrop
Asked By Teresa Corcoran
on May 19th, 2021
Hi how many litres of compost does it produce every 6 weeks?
Answered by Niall
on May 19th, 2021
Hi Teresa It depends on whether you bring each of your batches to 100% composted. I tend to get my waste composted to about 70% of finished and then empty in to my main compost area. This way i get through much more from the kitchen and the garden. To bring to 100% composted you will get about 150 litres every 6 weeks from March to October. If you do it my way about 3 times that as most of the composition is done in the first 2 weeks. It slows down after that. Niall Quickcrop
Asked By Martha
on May 14th, 2021
We want to buy one of these... but we are unsure wether to go for the Little Pig or Big Pig? We are a vegetarian family of 4. We have a garden compost area in the garden and also a grass cutting compost so we dont necessarily need to put this waist in the drum. We will mainly us it for food waste. I am worried that the big pig will be too big. Can you help us decide please?
Answered by Niall
on May 14th, 2021
Hi Martha I have a family of 4 as well. Mainly vegetarian (well 3 of us) and with what comes out of our kitchen and the garden we really needed the JK270 and value for money it is much better as the extra space is needed. Be careful to not put just food waste in it as it needs carbon (cardboard, newspaper or wood pellets) and grass to get the heat going. If you buy one we will send you on the user manual as well Niall Quickcrop
Asked By Dan
on May 04th, 2021
Hi, I was filling he composter for the last 4 weeks and it was nice and hot, mixing veg, grass and shredded paper a good mixture of eac. It now however seems to have cooled off, I've spotted maggots' in there, is there something I can do to re-start the process..
Answered by Niall
on May 04th, 2021
Hi Dan If you email in to our customer service department at support@quickcrop.com we can send you on a Joraform user manual which will help get the heat back in to it Niall Quickcrop
Asked By Martha Chester
on May 04th, 2021
We use compostable food liners in our kitchen caddy. Are these ok to put into the 'big pig' and will they decompose?
Answered by Niall
on May 04th, 2021
Hi Martha They will compost however it will take 2 maybe 3 times through the Joraform before they totally break down. My issue when using them was that they tended to get wrapped around the centre spindle of the unit and after a while i had to spend a bit of time clearing them out as they were not staying in the compost pile and hence breaking down with the heat. So long story short i now don't put them in any more Niall Quickcrop
Asked By Rachel
on March 30th, 2021
Hello, I've just ordered one of these from you and I'm now looking at preparing where it's going to go. Does it need to go on really firm level ground? I'm hoping to just level out the soil at the side of my shed but I wonder if having uneven ground underneath could affect the tumbler over time. Thanks!
Answered by Niall
on March 30th, 2021
Hi Rachel I have mine on similar ground. Once the ground that the legs are on is flat then that is fine. Between the legs doesn't matter. The weight on it will keep it very stable Niall Quickcrop
Asked By Dan
on March 12th, 2021
Hi, For an average load, how long would it take to turn the mixture into usable compost ? Weeks or months, definitely considering getting one..
Answered by Niall
on March 12th, 2021
Hi Dan From now until November you are talking maximum 4/6 weeks. In the summer faster. In the depths of winter it is more like 8 weeks Niall Quickcrop
Asked By Anne Marie Cronin
on March 12th, 2021
Hi. I recently purchased a joraform and want to ask if there is anything that cannot go into it? Specifically can tea bags, egg shells and avacado skins go in it? And are there any recommendations around how often to open it to load it? Ie - is it ok to load every day or is it better to deposit the peels etc every couple of days? Thanks Anne
Answered by Niall
on March 12th, 2021
Hi Anne All of the above can easily go in to the Joraform. You can add to it every day. Just don't leave it open to long when adding to it as you don't want to let to much of the heat out but it is good to turn it regularly so i add to mine every other day and give it a turn when i do so Niall Quickcrop
Asked By Brian Donovan
on March 03rd, 2021
Hi, Niall. We purchased a Jora composter JK270 and using it for the past year. On one side of the composter, we have a nearly done batch but the compost contains a large group of grapefruit sized balls. I break the balls up and it seems like compost, but is this normal? Also, should I empty the compost into a wheelbarrow and simply use a space to break the balls down before using it? Many thanks. Brian
Answered by Niall
on March 03rd, 2021
Hi Brian Yes. This can be caused by Wood pellets breaking down and creating compost on the outside and a dry patch in the centre or the same can happen with paper or cardboard. Anyway it is fine and the compost can be used. Yes best to take it out of the composter and just break up the balls with a trowel and spread on your garden. All good for the garden Niall Quickcrop
Asked By John Smyth
on February 21st, 2021
Hi I am considering buying the JK270 ,my question is I have cats and use a wood based compostable cat litter.can this be put in the unit or could it be an issue with the metal.
Answered by Niall
on February 22nd, 2021
Hi John This actually sounds ideal as a carbon mix and it won't create any issue with the metal as the inside of the unit is totally covered by foam Niall Quickcrop
Asked By Anne Marie Cronin
on January 24th, 2021
Hello I’m seriously considering getting one of these for a family of four. However I am concerned that it could be too big for us in winter as we have no where near 2.5 kg of waste per day. In spring and summer we have more from from grass cutting etc & at other times of year I seem to have lots of veg peelings but lately it would be more like 2.5-5 KG per week which is unusual. Could the joraform be too big and what would the implications be?
Answered by Niall
on January 25th, 2021
Hi Anne Marie For a family of that size we would normally suggest the JK270 alright. In the winter the composting process slows down a bit anyway so lower levels going in won't be an issue. You could go with the JK125 but in the busy time of the year when your garden and kitchen and giving out a lot more compostable material you may be sorry you didn't go with the JK270 Niall Quickcrop
Asked By Amy
on January 20th, 2021
Hi there, Interested in getting a big pig for a family of 4. Id like to use card board pellets that guinea pigs have used as bedding (will have hay mixed in), will this be ok for the carbon mix? We have a large garden but currently not much grass to add to the mix, will cut hedging/weeds be ok to add to it? looks like a great product. Also is it ok to start it off in winter? Can i add some product from a current compost bin to get it started?
Answered by Niall
on January 21st, 2021
Hi Amy The Guinea Pig bedding actually sounds ideal with animal droppings, hay and wood pellets you couldn't get better for the carbon part of the mix. Yes grass can be an issue in the winter so you are 100% right. Clippings, weeds etc will supplement perfectly at this time of year. It is perfectly fine to start at this time of the year coming in to the Spring particularly and you can of course use some of the product from your existing compost pile but don't add to much in to start with Niall Quickcrop
Asked By Eddie Joyce
on January 09th, 2021
Is it OK to only use the same sources of brown material all the time, for me that would mainly be straw & shredded cardboard. Occasionally I would also have sawdust from freshly cut timber. Would those sources of brown material be OK or are the wood pellets necessary to keep it working OK? Thanks in advance for your answer!
Answered by Niall
on January 11th, 2021
Hi Eddie Actually your mix of brown material will work better than the wood pellets. The wood pellets are more for people who don't have access to the type of brown materials that you do Niall Quickcrop
Asked By Denis
on December 06th, 2020
Hi, could I put in cow manure mixed with straw?
Answered by Niall
on December 07th, 2020
Hi Denis You can of course but just be careful not to add to much to it as you won't get the level of heat required if to much manure put in Niall Quickcrop
Asked By Walsh
on November 22nd, 2020
I have a big number of apples what do I need to include with them to keep the balance right
Answered by Niall
on November 23rd, 2020
Apples are great for the Joraforms. Just make sure to add in your kitchen waste and plenty of carbon to the mix (shredded cardboard, paper, wood pellets etc) Niall Quickcrop
Asked By Sue Esplan
on November 01st, 2020
Hi Quickcrop! You are currently listing the Little Pig as no longer available. Are you intending to restock this and if so when? The Big Pig would be too large for our 2-person household. Thank you.
Answered by Niall
on November 02nd, 2020
Hi Sue Where are you seeing that. It is showing on the site as in stock. Just put the word Joraform in the search bar and it will come up fine https://www.quickcrop.ie/product/joraform-little-pig-composter-jk125 Regards Niall Quickcrop
Asked By john salmon
on October 03rd, 2020
Hi I have a quantity of raw horse manure (no straw)can this go into the composter with my grass clippings and straw / paper
Answered by Niall
on October 05th, 2020
Hi John Yes but very gradually. I would add it slowly with never more than one fifth roughly of the material in the unit being horse manure Niall Quickcrop
Asked By Estelle Taylor
on September 13th, 2020
Hi Niall, my Mum has one of these and loves it. She’s encouraging me to buy one. Do you have any recommendation on which size would be best for a household of 1-2 adults please?
Answered by Niall
on September 14th, 2020
Hi Estelle For a household of 2 people the JK125 will be fine provided your garden is not to big. The JK270 is more for a family of say 2 adults and 2 kids with a decent sized garden Niall Quickcrop
Asked By Angela Cummins
on August 25th, 2020
I lost the clip to close one section of my my big pig it was the older model I am lost without it . Many Thanks if you have one
Answered by Niall
on August 26th, 2020
Hi Angela We have some of the parts available for the Joraforms however the old clips are different to the ones on the newer composters so i don't have any of them here. If you contact Joraform in Sweden directly they may be able to help out. Sorry i can't be of more assistance on this for now Niall Quickcrop
Asked By Garrat
on August 20th, 2020
Do you ever run out of space in your beds to put the compost (or have to remove soil) say after a year or 2? If I was buying soil for a new bed - should I just but too soil so that I can complement it with my own compost over time ... or should I Still buy the veg soil compost mix? Does this model drip or smell much?
Answered by Niall
on August 21st, 2020
Hi Garrat If you are growing in soil it will naturally break down over the season so you won't be left with soil higher than the bed. Adding soil to a new bed with compost is the perfect mix if you have a mix of one third compost and the remainder soil that you might have. The Joraforms will drip a small amount in the first few weeks until the foam expands through the heat of the composting. After that it won't leak at all. There is very little smell and any that there is stays in the unit and is only exposed when you open the doors Niall Quickcrop
Asked By Geraldine Powell
on July 03rd, 2020
I want to buy a rubber mat to put underneath it when it arrives. What size sould the mat be?
Answered by Andrew
on July 03rd, 2020
Hi Geraldine. A rubber mat of 120cm x 80cm would be about right if you can get one.
Asked By Jill Burton
on June 30th, 2020
Hi, can you tell how the joraform composter holds up along the coast. The composter is quite expensive if it would be lost to rust in few years! Do they have a guarantee on the steel? Thanks.
Answered by Andrew
on June 30th, 2020
Hi Jill. The Joraform is made from galvanised steel so should not be a problem in a coastal location. I would suggest locating out of the worst weather especially if you have salt laden spray which will help to prolong it's life. We don't have a guarantee on the steel panels but I have seen some very old units still in operation so am confident in their ability to withstand the weather. The only thing I have noticed getting rusty are the magnets that hold the catches closed but this can be remedies with a rub of sandpaper or avoided with a dab of vaseline.
Asked By Michael Crowther
on April 30th, 2020
Does the jk270 compost egg shells and if so how long do they take to break down.
Answered by Niall
on April 30th, 2020
Yes Michael and one run through the composter seems to be enough Niall Quickcrop
Asked By Liam FANNING
on April 26th, 2020
Have chickens for which I use wood shaving for bedding. Can this be used as brown waste? Will I compost quickly?
Answered by Niall
on April 27th, 2020
Hi Liam Yes you probably couldn't ask for a better thing to put in the composter and yes the nitrogen in this will speed up the process no end Niall Quickcrop
Asked By Tina marie Bruton
on April 10th, 2020
Hi, is it possible to buy the frame for this separately please? We have the big pig for many many years and the tumbler part is still perfect, but the frame is beginning to give.
Answered by Niall
on April 10th, 2020
Hi Tina Yes the frame is available on the website to buy however they changed the size about 7/8 years ago so it does depend on how old your present pig is Niall Quickcrop
Asked By Micheal Walsh
on January 18th, 2020
Hi Niall, what gases are generated during the composting process, are there ways of ensuring that harmful greenhouse gases such as methane aren't released? Thanks
Answered by Niall
on January 19th, 2020
Hi Michael The gases created are the same as are produced in the normal composting of general materials in your garden so nothing harmful. Nothing environmentally harmful or harmful to the person opening the unit. Niall Quickcrop
Asked By Anthony
on October 12th, 2019
Can I put in the compost from last years hanging baskets and will this be then good enough for next summers plants
Answered by Niall
on October 14th, 2019
Hi Anthony You can of course and yes you will have plenty of compost by Spring for next years summer plants. Just count the compost from the hanging baskets as part of your carbon mix although strictly speaking it is not Niall Quickcrop
Asked By Anthony Doherty
on October 10th, 2019
I have just purchased a jorafom composter and would like to know the mix of food waste to other materials.Will the jorafom temperature depend on weather conditions. Regards Anthony.
Answered by Niall
on October 11th, 2019
Hi Anthony The best mix is as follows. One third kitchen waste (all waste food including cooked and uncooked), one third brown carbon waste (shredded paper, cardboard, wood pellets, leaves etc), and one third garden waste (particularly grass clippings, weeds, waste crops etc). The unit will get warmer quicker in the summer months however it doesn't to much whether it is inside or outside for it to work Niall Quickcrop
Asked By Philipp
on September 02nd, 2019
I am interested in this composter, but am concerned about some reviews online complaining about rust issues. What is your experience with rust of the JK125/270 over the long term? What would be a realistic life expectancy for outdoor use in Europe?
Answered by Niall
on September 02nd, 2019
Hi Philipp I think you might be reading old reviews as the Joraform manufacturer has changed how the steel in their units are now treated and the paint they use which seems to have eradicated rust issues. They started doing this about 4 years ago so any reviews older than this may have had this problem. The company was taken over 5 years ago and a lot of improvements to the product have taken place since then Regards Niall Quickcrop
Asked By Elizabeth Flanagan
on August 23rd, 2019
I am a first tim user or 'big pig' and because I ordered mine ready built I received no instructions. I've been adding in waste from kitchen and garden but how will I know when one side is full? Also, reading the description it mentioned a metal plate that covers a full load- not seen this in mine- is it built in or should I have received it separately? Elizabeth
Answered by Niall
on August 23rd, 2019
Hi Elizabeth When the compartment is three quarters full you can move on to filling the 2nd compartment. Don't overfill any one compartment as the chamber needs air to be effective. There is no metal plate to put in to the chambers once full. You just close the lid Niall Quickcrop
Asked By Kat Doyle
on July 14th, 2019
Hi Niall. I'm loving my big pig. I need a wheelbarrow which fits underneath but also robust enough for general purposes. Puma or garden buddy perhaps?
Answered by Niall
on July 15th, 2019
Hi Kat The Puma is a lower wheelbarrow so should do the trick and it is very robust. Niall Quickcrop
Asked By Gemma
on June 07th, 2019
Hi, i’m looking for a composter for a house we’ve just moved into that is coastal. Will all the parts of the JK270 be able to handle the salty air? Thanks, Gemma
Answered by Niall
on June 10th, 2019
Hi Gemma The steel is galvanised and painted so it should be fine. That said there is very little that will stand up to the salty air long term so it might be best to keep it in a shed to give it extra longevity Niall Quickcrop
Asked By Hazel
on April 26th, 2019
Is the weekly capacity listed the maximum volume of material that the tumbler can cope with or the volume that comes out as compost? I assume that as it breaks down the volume will reduce quite a bit? I would like to know roughly how much compost I can expect this tumbler to produce. Thanks!
Answered by Niall
on April 29th, 2019
Hi Hazel. The quantities given are the weekly quantities you put in to the unit weekly. This will reduce to about a third of that volume once composted down. Regards Niall Quickcrop
Asked By rhiannon benson
on March 23rd, 2019
We keep chickens. What effect will a weekly tray of chucken poo/straw/sawdust have on a mixture which with otherwise be kitchen waste and grass cuttings?
Answered by Niall
on March 25th, 2019
This will enhance the mix no end. The straw will act as your carbon brown waste and will help keep the mix from getting to wet. Just be careful not to add to much straw. A weekly mix will be fine Regards Niall Quickcrop
Asked By Deirdre Dunne
on March 15th, 2019
Could you clarify for us exactly what can go in? Cooked meat and bones I see can but general meal leftovers - pasta, rice, sauces, cream/milk/dairy generally, break/crackers and sweet things like biscuits/sweet cereal etc. getting mixed answers. Sorry if this is explained somewhere else. Many thanks, Deirdre
Answered by Niall
on March 15th, 2019
Hi Deirdre Its a very fair question to be honest. Literally everything can go in from the kitchen cooked and uncooked plus the garden. Bones are fine but they need to be small ones and small sticks from the garden Regards Niall Quickcrop
Asked By Alan Shuttleworth
on November 12th, 2018
I loaded my Big Pig with grass cuttings, leaves and kitchen waste and after one day the temperature was coming up nicely. I rotated the unit every day for about 3 days and it got hotter and hotter. I then had to go away for a week but when I came back the temperature dropped right down. I now turn it every day and add kitchen waste and a few wood pellets but the temperature will not rise. How do I fix this?
Answered by Andrew
on November 14th, 2018
Hi Alan. It is the nitrogen which creates the heat n the unit so you need to add more nitrogen based material . If you have more grass clippings they will be ideal. Also bear in mind as outside temperatures drop the unit will slow down somewhat, it will still work in Winter but will not be as fast as Summer composting. Composting is all about getting the balance between carbon (wood chip etc..) and nitrogen (grass clippings etc...) right, there is a little bit of trial and error involved depending what materials you have to hand. I hope this is helpful. Andrew
Asked By Marcella
on October 22nd, 2018
Does the Big Pig need to be place in a sunny location?
Answered by Niall
on October 22nd, 2018
Hi Marcella No. The internal insulation means it doesn't matter if it is in shade. The internal temperature will stay the same. We have a lot of customers who keep them in their garage or shed (there is no smell from them) and they work really well Regards Niall Quickcrop
Asked By Ian
on June 22nd, 2018
I've had the large Joraform for a couple of years and am still trying to get the balance of brown matter right. My most recent batch was mushy and smelly so I need much more brown matter. As it goes through wood pellets like there's no tomorrow I want to start using all that cardboard that comes with online deliveries! So my question is, can anyone recommend a cardboard shredder for domestic use that doesn't cost an arm and a leg? Ian
Answered by Niall
on June 22nd, 2018
Hi Ian I am afraid shredders that can handle thick cardboard are very expensive and nobody seems to have brought out a cheap one that can do this. To be honest i use all of the cardboard and paper from my house and i just tear up the cardboard and put it in. It seems to relive some of the everyday stress of life for me Niall Quickcrop
Asked By Zoe
on April 30th, 2018
Hi. I’m looking to illuminate any raw or cooked waste. We have hens which take care of leftovers, but thinking about fish & meat bones, meat that may be gone off, along with our usual compost stuff. Which is better, the hot bin or tumbler?
Answered by Niall
on April 30th, 2018
Hi Zoe For heavy materials like bones and meat the Joraform will perform much better. Primarily because it gets much hotter and is rotated where as the Hotbin doesn't get rotated so it takes a lot longer for heavy items like yours Regards Niall Quickcrop
Asked By Larry Reynolds
on April 30th, 2018
Hi, a strange question I know but do you actually need garden waste, grass, leaves etc, to make compost? We have very little garden waste apart from autumn but want to compost kitchen waste. Thank you
Answered by Niall
on April 30th, 2018
Hi Larry Its actually a really good question. You can make compost from kitchen waste once you add in about a third brown waste (shredded cardboard, paper etc). Once you don't let the mix get to wet you will produce very good compost this way Regards Niall Quickcrop
Asked By angela keay
on April 20th, 2018
we are hoping to use this compost tumbler for our school kitchen waste. what exactly can be put in the composter. just trying to decide how we can separate the waste. Thanks
Answered by Andrew
on April 23rd, 2018
Hi Angela Due to the high temperatures achieved in a Joraform compost bin you can add cooked food as well as raw fruit and vegetable scraps. You can also add meat and fish waste. If you are processing a lot of cooked food waste it is important to have a good source of dry carbon based material to keep the bin balanced, the easiest to have at hand are wood pellets which we also supply. I hope this helps Best regards Andrew
Asked By Richard
on March 14th, 2018
Hi I have the big pig for many years now and has been great. However the metal bar that runs through the middle and connects at each end of the stand is broken. Do you have spares in stock? Thanks Richard
Answered by Niall
on March 15th, 2018
Hi Richard. We don't presently sell these rods however we are working on carrying a range of replacement parts for the Joraforms however it may be a few weeks before we have them in and on the website Regards Niall Quickcrop
Asked By Patricia
on February 21st, 2018
Hi, considering an alternative to the ‘brown’ bin, especially for food waste. Does this need good sun exposure and can it be fixed to a wall? Thanks
Answered by Niall
on February 22nd, 2018
Hi Patricia. The Joraform doesn't need to go in a sunny spot and the secret to it is the thickness of the internal foam which creates and holds the heat in. The JK125 units can be fixed to a wall but i wouldn't recommend fitting the 270 as it would be to heavy and would eventually pull part of the wall away Regards Nial Quickcrop
Asked By Stephen
on January 11th, 2018
HI, I recently purcahsed the Big Pig and havent yet used it, can you please tell me how much sawdust I should use in the The Big? I have lost the instructions could you please email these to me ? Many Thank
Answered by Niall
on January 11th, 2018
Hi Stephen. One decent handful of Pellets each time you empty your kitchen compost bucket (5litres approx) in to the unit. If you want to email directly through the contacts page we will have your email address from that and we can email you the instructions. You can of course look at the Video we have on assembly of the Joraforms which might be of more help
Asked By Francis Lamon
on May 29th, 2017
Has the insulation changed in the pig it use to be white and now I see in your videos its black,any reason for that
Answered by Andrew
on May 30th, 2017
Hi Francis. Yes they have improved the insulation to a new one that is not as porous and stays tighter at the edges to stop any leakage. It also seems to create greater heat in the unit
Asked By Nicky O'Donnell
on May 24th, 2017
Can I put shredded woody garden waste in the bin alongside soft green garden waste and food waste? A friend told me I needed to add sawdust?
Answered by Andrew
on May 25th, 2017
Hi Nicky. No need for sawdust although wood pellets do help with the composting process. You can put in woody bits but just make sure they are not to thick as they can take quite some time to break down.
Asked By Sinead Burke
on May 24th, 2017
Hi Andrew, is this composter really rodent-proof? We were met by a fabulously healthy rat when we opened our normal compost bin the other day so totally rodent-proof is what we're looking for. I reckon the rats here do a gymnastics course growing up - I've seen them eating apples off the tree, on a bird feeder hanging by a string from a tiny branch, the list goes on! Thanks! Kind regards, Sinead
Answered by Andrew
on May 25th, 2017
Hi Sinead. Yes 100%. It is on a frame raised of the ground. Even if a rat or mouse was able to climb the bars to get to the main composter it is fully sealed and the small air vents are certainly to tiny to let anything in.
Asked By Mary
on February 28th, 2017
What di I have to add to the composting waste??? Sawdust and wood pellets are mentioned
Answered by Andrew
on March 02nd, 2017
Hi Mary. You need to achieve a balance of nitrogen/carbon material. The most common issue will be a wet, smelly compost which is because you didn't put enough carbon in the material. Add shredded cardboard, sawdust or wood pellets to correct. I hope this helps. Andrew
Asked By Adrienne
on September 26th, 2016
Hi, I have 3 questions: 1. For composting garden waste: Does it need to be broken up? I"m thinking of things like big squash, tomato, and cucumber vines. 2. When composting kitchen waste: again, do things need to be broken up? 3. Once a "batch" has begun, do I have to wait to add additional waste?
Answered by Andrew
on September 26th, 2016
Hi Adrienne. Good questions. I will do my best to answer. 1. No you don't need to break up garden waste however the woodier stuff like clippings etc do need to be cut up or they will just take longer to compost. 2. Again no need to cut up things like rotten potatoes etc but the more things are broken up before being put in the Joraform the quicker they will compost. 3. There are 2 compartments in the unit so you fill one full and then move on to filling the next one. Once the first one is broken down and emptied you start filling that one again.
Asked By M. McDonald
on September 25th, 2016
How long does the foam insulation last? Can it be replaced? If so, at what cost? How long is the warranty?
Answered by Andrew
on September 26th, 2016
Hi Mr Mc Donald. Thank you for your question. The foam will last comfortably 10 years. I will have to check with the manufacturer on the warranty on the foam but i would be confident to say the internal foam will outlast the unit itself.
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