Tumbler contents are too wet.

by Lu

My compost tumbler has turned very wet.

What do I add to absorb the liquid?

I had a Similar Problem

I have been testing a compost tumbler on my deck for the summer and ended up with a similar problem. My compost was almost soupy.

The first thing I did was to check the drain and I opened it and left it open. This didn't dry things out enough so I tried shredded paper which did work to some extent but it seemed like I'd need to add an awful lot of paper to solve the problem.

Then I read the directions that come with the Jora composter, a tumbler made in Sweden. They recommend using wood pellets, the kind you use in a wood pellet stove.

I bought some at our hardware store - about $5 for 40 pounds - and wow they really work.

These wood pellets are made from compressed wood. The lignin in the wood is what holds them together. They are dried down to a 5% moisture content. This is perfect for wet compost because the pellets can absorb a lot of water. As it absorbs water the pellets break apart and become a nice fine part of the compost.

Hope this will solve your problem. If you can't find wood pellets use a lot of shredded paper.

Good Luck


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Soggy compost
by: George

Would unused wood pellet cat litter be suitable to help absorb the excess moisture in my tumbling composter?

Hi George, Leslie here, yes wood pellet cat litter would work the same way. In fact as far as I can tell the wood pellet cat litter and the wood pellets for stoves are the same just in different packages. And the stove packets are way less expensive.

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