If you seek fresh, homegrown organic vegetables, you’ll want to start with high quality compost. For many with smaller yards and minimal space, a raised compost tumbler, like the Jora Composter JK270 shown here, is an extremely efficient way to make outstanding compost for the garden.
Functionality and simplicity are the hallmark traits of the Jora 270 dual chamber compost tumbler. Ideal for small to medium sized families, urban composting, and most gardening needs, this bin excels in efficiency, producing compost with a quick turn-around time. Built with heat in mind, the insulation allows for internal temperatures to reach up to 160’F, perfect for ensuring a speedy process and destroying the bad stuff you don’t want, like pathogens and weed seeds.
The only significant downsides of the Jora 270 are a lengthy assembly process and a premium price. If you are comfortable with a cordless drill, and with the price point, the Jora is an excellent choice!
In this article, we will take a close look at the Jora 70 Gallon Composter JK270, looking at the pros and cons of the unit.
Jora Composter JK270 Product Review
The Jora JK270 Compost Tumbler has a lot to offer many gardeners working on a smaller scale. The tumbler is very well made, and thoughtfully designed with the end-user in mind. It is a premium compost tumbler, and if you’re looking for something cheaper, check out our review of the Yimby Compost Tumbler as a less expensive option.
Easy to Use, Can’t Mess Up
Simply put the waste in and turn it by hand. Save time while simultaneously saving the environment from more landfill waste.
Dual Chamber Design
Allows for creativity and flexibility. Batch composting (loading in everything at once) can Â give higher quality compost in a shorter amount of time. Meanwhile adding in material over time can be easier and have more flexibility. With dual chambers, you can choose how it best fits your lifestyle.
Insulated Compost Tumbler
The Jora JK270 is one of the few insulated compost tumblers on the market. The side panels are thick, and help maintain the proper temperature range, both in the heat of the summer and as the winter rolls around.
Quick Turn Around Time
High heat, a sturdy design, and quality insulation allows this composter to work in overtime for you.
Avoids the pitfalls of other composters by limiting the availability to ground pests getting in and disturbing the process! Great for all small critters – probably not so much against bears.
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Dimensions and Specs
- 44″ x 28″ x 52″
- 52 pounds
- 70 gallon capacity, 13-21 gallons per week
- Long lasting galvanized steel
- 24″ clearance from ground
- Designed in Sweden
Whether you’re an experienced composter or just getting into it for the first time, a dual chamber composter offers a few significant benefits without much downside. In the bigger picture, it is reducing one’s overall footprint on the earth and brings a sustainable solution to trash, which is more important than ever with today’s growing landfills. Secondly, it provides nutrient rich soil which is a huge benefit for gardening.
The Jora 70 Gallon 270 Compost Tumbler offers a simple, sleek design which is all it needs and nothing more to fit right into any setting. The simple stand, along with the galvanized steel construction, gives the unit a professional look that doesn’t detract from any setting.
The Jora 70 Gallon is extremely efficient if you are the right kind of person for it – which happens to be most people. The design allows for a capacity of up to 70 gallons, while not taking up a ton of space. Each chamber has a separate door, allowing you to access either at any time. This is the ideal situation for a few reasons. All-in-one batches tend to compost much faster, with the downside being that you have to have everything ready from the get go. Adding in material over time is more flexible but may take a few more weeks. Either way is fine so the choice is up to you.
Time of Year and Temperature
The overall insulation allows the Jora 270 Compost Tumbler to work for a long portion of the year, and in the location you most desire. Like most composters, however, its effectiveness will be limited in the winter time depending on how cold it gets in your region.
Most users will see at least some functionality at this time of year, but some users find very limited compost generation in the depth of winter, until spring time kicks in again.
By keeping it in the sun as much as possible at this time of year, one will maximize the efficiency. Otherwise, look forward to a great kickstart once the warmer temperatures come around, as this will really help encourage compost generation.
That said, you may want to consider moving it to a shadier part if possible during hotter times of the year to prevent over baking.
Best Use Practices
A common suggestion is to add a small handful of wood pellets – this will help control moisture levels and exponentially speed up the composting process.
Consider the green/brown ratio of materials you are putting in. Green being nitrogen rich and brown being carbon rich, too much of one or the other can lead to slowing down the overall process. Users have suggested that the instructions that come with the Jora 270 are very clear in breaking this down.
Another important thing to consider is whether or not this composter can be used inside. Overall, it is best to avoid this as it can drip. The very best of experienced composters may be able to get away placing this inside a garage or shed simply due to a nuanced understanding of nitrogen and carbon ratios, consistency, and components. A well balanced composter leads to less smell and dripping.
The hardest part of the entire process of using the Jora 70 Gallon Composter JK270 is putting it together. Despite detailed online videos, manuals, and instructions, some users report some pieces being difficult to assemble.
Here is a video that shows the assembly process:
The overall level of difficulty is fair, with some users reporting up to a few hours of assembly with two people. Once finished, things get much easier!
When empty, most people should be able to move the Joraform Compost Tumbler by themselves, but a helping hand is always handy. When full, moving it becomes considerably more difficult, but definitely doable by two stronger people.
The Joraform Compost Tumbler JK270 is made of galvanized steel, and should be capable of withstanding the elements without difficulty. Most users have no problem with this bin up to 4 years after purchase.
However, some report some problems with the insulation around the general door openings failing after a years of use. As with most garden tools, using general care and not mistreating the Joraform JK270 should largely help prevent this problem.
Additionally, a small handful of people have reported damaged parts upon delivery. If this occurs with your composter, contact your seller immediately for replacement components.
There are a few accessories that can really help make the Joraform work at its peak. Picking up a compost thermometer can help you monitor the compost temperature to ensure its within the proper range. Additionally, you may want to pick up some Compost Starter/Accelerator to get things really rolling and tumbling.
Wood pellets are a composters best friend as they can help balance the overall ratio while speeding up the process. A green cycler can help take care of kitchen scraps for a more efficient compost as well.
The Bottom LineThe Jora Composter JK270 is premium compost tumbler, and is certainly worth buying if you live in an urban environment. It is ideal for families of 2-4 people and for those who have a small yard or garden.
If you have a large yard, garden, or a bigger family, you may find that composters of this size won’t fit your needs and you’d be better off with a larger solution. If the price is too much of a stretch, you may want to consider the Yimby Compost Tumbler as a cheaper option.
After overcoming the difficulties that assembly of the Joraform JK270 may or may not present to you, it should be smooth sailing for a number of years. The Jora JK270 Compost Tumbler will produce the highest quality compost for your family, allowing you to grow the highest quality fruits and vegetables for you and your loved ones!