Earthworks is currently evaluating a Jora Compost JK 125 rotating composter which has kindly been supplied by the Jora Western Canada Distributor, Russ Chambers of Kamloops BC. Pending satisfactory results we look forward to adding Jora rotating composters to complement our range of worm composters in the very near future.
While the quality of vermicompost is unbeatable and vermiculture remains our passion, we have long recognised the need of many would-be composters for a higher capacity option that does not require livestock; not everybody is into worms! A composter that will process all types of food waste including meat, dairy and citrus; can be located outdoors all year round, is robust, vermin-proof, simple, fast and efficient. According to Jora Compost their products will deliver; we look forward to finding out!
JK 125 Specifications
Total Capacity: 125 litres 33 US gallons
Length: 71 cm 28 inches
Width: 60 cm 23.5 inches
Height: 60 cm 23.5 inches
Height including stand: 81 cm 32 inches
Weight (empty): 29Kg 64 lbs
Jora claim that the JK 125 can cope with the kitchen waste of 4 to six persons per week, calculated to be around 12 litres or 22 pints US
Our JK 125 is a pre-owned model and arrived fully assembled. The original owner had concerns with the paint fading and to Jora Canada’s credit, they replaced it unconditionally. They assure us that this was a one-off problem, hence the greyish finish of our JK 125 instead of the original green; the slightly mottled appearance in the first picture is due to rain. February in the Fraser Valley…. Paint-fade aside, the overall condition is very good. The body of the composter is fabricated with galvanized steel panels and has absolutely no sign of corrosion. The stand is a simple, effective design, if a little light weight. Some corrosion is appearing on the anodized steel finish; stainless steel would be a better option but of course that would come at a price. The larger JK 270 and JK 400 models are supplied with stands that are tall enough to place a wheelbarrow underneath to collect the finished compost, but not so the JK 125. For convenience sake, we decided to raise ours up on cement blocks.
Inside, the JK 125 is divided into two compartments each lined with high grade styrofoam panels. The idea is that this insulation facilitates relatively small masses of organic waste to hot-compost (normally a minimum of about one cubic metre of material is required for this to occur naturally). The two chamber design allows the compost in the first side to “ripen” while fresh material is added to the second. By the time the second side is full the first is ready to harvest and so the cycle continues. That’s the theory….
As previously mentioned, our JK 125 arrived fully assembled. The downside of this is that we have not yet had the chance to take one straight from the box and personally assess how easy/difficult assembly might be. We have read reviews that suggest this product is a little “Ikea-ish” (well, it does hail from Sweden) and so assembly could be a little frustrating for some! We decided to flip one of the panels on ours as the Jora decal had been applied upside down and were prepared for a task that might take half an hour or so. In fact it took longer to go fetch the necessary screwdriver than to fix the problem…. in the meantime this excellent YouTube instructional video, courtesy of Eartheasy.com, clearly demonstrates that assembly should be a straightforward proposition for most of us, requiring only a couple of wrenches and a philips screwdriver. Note: The video depicts the larger Jora JK 270 but assembly is essentially the same for all three models.