Model # EZC01

Internet #203079686

Good Ideas 12 cu. ft. Compost Wizard

Good Ideas

12 cu. ft. Compost Wizard

$16974 /each
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Product Overview

In the world of composters, you have two basic choices, Bins and Tumblers. Compost Bins typically hold more than Compost Tumblers but must be aerated constantly. Tumblers aerate easily but usually don't hold as much material. The Compost Wizard resolves both of these short comings. Its massive drum is one of the largest on the market. Handholds allow you to get a grip to optimize your torque unlike complex, crank-driven systems that are clunky and break overtime. The low profile keeps it from blowing over in high winds, helps keep it out of sight, and makes it convenient for loading and unloading material. A common problem with all composters is that you must transport material across the yard which can be heavy. The Compost Wizard's drum can be leveraged off of the base and rolled to your desired location No heavy lifting! And the 16 in. twist lid makes access very easy while also sealing in precious compost tea and keeping out animals. Fresh compost can be made in just 14 days and you only have to turn it once a week or after addition of new material. And to make things easier, it comes completely assembled so you can start composting immediately.

  • Made of durable 100% recycled polyethylene plastic and is resistant to fading
  • Black color absorbs heat for fast composting
  • Holds up to 12 cubic feet of compost
  • Rotate once a week that's it
  • 16 in. twist-off lid for easy access and security
  • End air vents create essential ventilation
  • Can be rolled to any location for filling or dispensing
  • Wheeled base makes turning effortless and is completely detachable
  • Delivered fully assembled
  • 1-year limited manufacturer warranty



Assembled Depth (in.)
36 in
Assembled Height (in.)
29 in
Assembled Width (in.)
28 in
Product Depth (in.)
Product Height (in.)
Product Width (in.)


Assembly Required
Capacity (cu. ft.) - Total
Capacity (gallons)
Color Family
Composter Type
Landscape Supply Type
Low Odor
Product Weight (lb.)

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Customer Questions & Answers

How is it turned/rotated? I do not see anything in the picture to turn the huge drum.

How is it turned/rotated? I do not see anything in the picture to turn the huge drum.
Asked by: sebastian
There are indentations on the outside of the barrel that allow you to get a firm handle to turn the drum... It's mounted on wheels that allow it to roll over easily.
Answered by: IVAN
Date published: 2017-06-29

Gotta ask. Is there any possibility of bpa leaching into the compost?

Asked by: TonyRock
No, there is no bra leaching into the compost.
Answered by: CommunityAnswer
Date published: 2017-06-29
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Customer Reviews

12 cu. ft. Compost Wizard is rated 3.7 out of 5 by 16.
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great concept but the product leaves room for improvement. ... Great concept but the product leaves room for improvement. I ordered this composter for pick-up at my local Home Depot store. The quality of the plastic and general construction leaves room for improvement. The first drum had a split – so I returned it to the store (thank-you HD!) and re-ordered a replacement. The second at least didn’t have a split in the drum – though the way the drum is put together it is far from round and/or concentric. So, when placed on the original base stand and rotated, even though it was empty, it was rubbing on the base stand as it turned. Quite simply, the wheels on which it rests are not large enough to accommodate the non-roundness of the barrel. If it touched and scraped when it was empty – I could see it being impossible to turn when it was fully loaded. This was no surprise as I’d seen this referenced in other reviews. I’d also seen it advised in other reviews to change out the wheel bolts to stainless steel variants to avoid them rusting up – and making the barrel even harder to turn. I’m keen to try a rotating composter, and this seems like the largest (very important for good composting) and best option out there – so I decided to make a new heavy duty base for the barrel to roll on. I attach a photo of the new base stand – made from an 8ft length of 4x6 PT wood and four casters bought from HD. A second photo shows the difference between the original black base and the new base stand. (Even those extra 6 inches of height are a welcome addition to an aging back that has to bend to turn the composter drum). The third photo shows the drum mounted on the new base stand. It now turns very easily – so at least I have no go forward concerns from that perspective. I am dubious about the screw on lid – it easily cross-threads and I can see its riveted mounting coming loose from the drum in the not too distant future. Those rivets are just not long term – I can see some SS nuts and bolts being needed in the not too distant future. We’ve only just started to fill the composter with leaves and kitchen waste – so compost is some months off yet. Hopefully it will produce good compost! P.S. It’s a pity that they don’t sell just the drum without the base for a reduced price. If they did I’d buy one, build a second fit-for-purpose base, and have one composter “curing” whist a second composter was accumulating new garden / kitchen waste.
Date published: 2017-02-20
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Interesting idea, but not very user friendly. The composter is well built, but awkward to turn, ... Interesting idea, but not very user friendly. The composter is well built, but awkward to turn, especially if it's not sitting perfectly level. I don't find that turning the barrel mixes the materials very well, either. It's easy to add too much water, and with no drainage, that is difficult to correct. A half-full barrel is very heavy. Emptying it means both arms and a head into the opening, grabbing wet (smelly, if you didn't do it right), and heavy material to pull out. I'm sorry I bought it.
Date published: 2017-06-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This compost barrel is doing everything we hoped it would... This compost barrel is doing everything we hoped it would do. In fact, I now wish we had two and will likely be buying another. When filled, it DOES take a big, strong person to handle it. Being five feet tall and over the age of seventy, I'm able to turn it while it's only still half filled. My husband handles it after that..
Date published: 2017-08-15
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Dissatisfied Container is impossible to turn when 1/2 full. Rollers on base are too small for the container.I am very disappointed!
Date published: 2017-05-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exactly as assembly and immediately ready to use...spins easily even with weight ... Exactly as assembly and immediately ready to use...spins easily even with weight in the body.
Date published: 2017-02-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Have only been using the Compost Wizard for a month or so but the material that I loaded in it is... Have only been using the Compost Wizard for a month or so but the material that I loaded in it is breaking down nicely and should provide great compost in a couple more months. I added 2+ cups of Ringer Compost Plus to the mix when loading. This composter seems to be very well made and I especially like the large opening. It makes it much easier to load with a shovel, fork or bucket. It does however, become fairly heavy and takes some effort to turn so I only filled it to a little over half full. I'm really happy with this purchase and would highly recommend it! Money well spent...
Date published: 2017-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Totally satisfied I bought the Good Ideas 12 cu.ft. composting drum to replace a large standing composter my wife had been using that had eventually given up the ghost. First, you can't beat the ease of assembly - just take the platform out of the box and set it on a level area, and then take the drum out and place it on the base - done! The drum and base are both made of heavy gauge plastic, and well made. The opening is larger than needs to be be to allow a standard spade filled with material to be removed easily, and the lid/cover closes securely and easily if you exercise reasonable care in starting the threading to screw it into the opening. The opening is heavily reinforced, and I don't foresee any difficulty with it standing up to heavy use. I saw some concerns about the plastic casters used in the base in other reviews, but the ones securely mounted in the base I received seemed to be good quality and substantial enough to stand up to heavy use for a long time. I had also seen some complaints in reviews about the drum being too difficult to turn. I filled mine half full with heavy compost material and it turned pretty easily (I am an average sized man in ok shape), then I put the rest of the material I had in, filling the drum to about 2/3 full. With this much weight in it, it is challenging for me to turn, and my wife cannot turn it. Bear in mind this difficulty is due to the weight in the drum, not from any inherent difficulty resulting from the design. The drum does have good "grab" surfaces molded into it that facilitate rotating it. What I put in was 2/3 full very well composted material, so it is pretty dense. I would never want more of this type material in it since it would not mix well while turning. If the drum were filled completely with new material instead of well composted, I believe it would be light enough to turn easily. I have no difficulty recommending it, especially at the low price I got buying it from Home Depot online.
Date published: 2016-01-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The smaller sizes turn easier I have at 6.5 cubic food Wizard also. I find the smaller wizard turns much easier, since it turns easier, I give the smaller Wizard more rotations than the larger, thus the smaller wizard will mix better and compost better. If I had it to do all over again, I would have bought 2 9-cubic foot Wizards. Though I will likely get another 6.5 and go with the 3, since I compost quite a bit and will use the compost for growing lettuce and other greens, as well as garlic. As note on all composters: None will produce compost in 4 weeks. That claim by makers of composters is only backed up by shredding all material to dust size, mixing to exact formulas of materials, using a moisture meter, and turning 5 times a day.
Date published: 2013-11-13
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