There are two Aerobin models available to buy.
The Aerobin 200 when assembled measures 510mm x 510mm and stands 1175mm high (approximately 1' 8" x 1' 8", 3' 10" tall).
It has a volume of around 200 litres and can weigh up to 200kg when loaded.
An empty Aerobin 200 weighs around 13kg.
The Aerobin 400 when assembled measures 740mm x 740mm and stands 1200mm high (approximately 2' 5" x 2' 5", 3' 11" tall).
It has a volume of around 400 litres and can weigh up to 400kg when loaded.
An empty Aerobin 400 weighs around 26kg.
The Aerobin gets hot and you will often see water vapour rising when you take the lid off. This helps maintain the correct moisture level of biomass.
The Aeration Lung runs through the centre of the composting material. Its is a sturdy arrangement of cones and tubes that provides ventilation to the centre of the composting material. This is critical in achieving aerobic composting. No digging or turning of the compost is required.
Rich compost 'tea' is collected in a reservoir at the base of the Aerobin, this can be drained and used as a liquid fertiliser when diluted approximately 20 parts water to 1 part leachate.
Keep the heat in and provide optimum conditions for rapid composting all year round, even in freezing conditions.
The Aerobin can reach really quite amazing temperatures that are capable of killing most seeds, pathogens and weeds.
Install the Aerobin on a firm base, for example paving slabs, bricks or heavy timber.
There are two large and fully removable access doors to aid removal of the composted material. The lid is fully removable and can be hung on the sides of the Aerobin.
I recommend you follow the instructions supplied with your Aerobin as these will be the most up to date and should account for any changes in specifications.
Here is the Aerobin 200 Instructions and Information sheet that you may find useful.
We assembled this Aerobin 200 in September 2012; please see our picture guide. Despite a lot of photographs assembly is actually very simple and quick.
In your Aerobin 200 box you should find the following:
- Black base (tap is fitted)
- Black base plate
- 2 x 3-sided panel (with orange inserts)
- 2 x 3-sided panel (no orange inserts)
- 2 x fixed side panel
- 2 x removable door
- Black lid
- 2 x aeration pipes
- 2 x aeration cones
- Instructions and information leaflet
- Aerobin composting tips leaflet
Please note that the instructions show a short length of hose connecting to the outlet tap; this is not included, standard 1/2 inch or 13mm garden hose will fit.
We've included a photo guide of all the parts.