A: I bought this last fall and assembly was very clear and easy, although I also watched the fantastic Youtube video and studied the small guide. The walls are sturdy, not flimsy plastic, not 1/2". No buckling or warping through the frozen winter here in Illinois. The sturdy steel frame holds up the drum so it can be rotated, and has wheels to move it around. There is no paint on the drum to peel off. I researched many online tumblers and chose this one. It is a well made, designed piece of equipment.
A: Mantis composters are proudly assembled in Pennsylvania with components manufactured both in the United States and abroad.
A: You could, but you don't want to. The process is never finished if you keep adding. If you have food scraps that have been in there 3 weeks and you put a bowl full of new scraps in there, then you have to wait until that decomposes and so forth and so on. So research different options for saving scraps until next time and when the original batch is done store it in a different container while next batch is working. By next year you can have enough for a garden. It's a continuous cycle and takes planning ahead.
A: The amount of material you have readily available to load at one time will determine how quickly your compost can be made. To compost in as little as 4-6 weeks, you must be able to fill the ComposTumbler at least 2/3 full all at one time. If you do not have enough mass you will not be able to sustain the heat for the required four to seven days. If this is not possible, do not worry – you can still compost quite successfully by filling the ComposTumbler more gradually. The composting will take a little longer, but it will produce excellent compost.
A: Yes indeed it is safe to eat vegetables grown using compost made from this composter. The componets are BPA-free, food grade plastic. The Prop65 information is explained on the product listing.