There may be a hope for the compost tumbler after all. I had really criticized it HERE.
At first, I mainly used it to keep rich tempting kitchen scraps from the groundhogs and other critters. I could never get it to heat up enough to really compost stuff quickly. But I may have figured it out.
But to back up a bit... In past years, I would look at the barrels of produce waste in the grocery stores and wish I could get them. My requests were always refused. But I am persistent. This year, the store managers suddenly say "yes". I have gotten 6 bags of corn husks and other unwanted produce debris.
I finally have enough stuff to fill the compost tumbler bin. You would be surprised how compact a whole trash can of corn husks gets in just a week. But then it was all green stuff and that doesn't make a good compost blend for aerobic breakdown...
Well, I get a daily newspaper (which uses safe soy ink) and I have a paper shredder. Aha! Nice "brown" stuff to add to balance the decomposition.
In the past 2 weeks, I have added about as much dry shredded newspaper to the bin as green material. I've made it a point to turn the bin several times each day. It's heavier to move, but not unmanageable. I can tell the balance is better and that the materials are getting mixed well. It doesn't smell bad.
I know all about anaerobic vs aerobic breakdowns, so I know it is finally working right. Best of all, it was HOT inside (140F) when I opened it today.
I finally got enough stuff inside, and the right mixture...
I still think a regular compost bin is far superior, but I have to give SOME credit to these rotating things. With a lot of care, they can work "OK".