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Joraform Compost Tumbler JK270 'Big Pig'


In a nutshell....

The Jora 'Big Pig' Compost Tumbler is a Rotary Composter, also called JK270. It is a fast working composter that recycles up to 2.5kgs of waste each day. Much faster than other composters. 

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The Joraform Compost Tumbler For Faster Home Composting

Joraform 270's (Big Pig) are out of stock until late August 2019. To pre-order one just phone us in the Office.

The Jora rotary composter is also known by its technical name JK270, or more affectionately as 'Big Pig'. We can't believe how quick and efficient this composter is. It takes up very little room and composts so fast you struggle to keep it full. No rodent problems or strong smells, fits easily in a small garden. You can even add cooked meat and fish waste! This unique digester is a home composting system that will recycle household food waste and garden waste of up to 2.5kgs daily.

The "Big Pig" digester is like a large mechanical stomach that literally digests the organic matter you feed it.
A fully insulated, 116cm x 88.6cm  bin that bolts on to the side of your house, it’s clean,
self-contained, and it turns food waste into rich compost faster than the average household can fill it.

The Big Pig is so well insulated that the internal temperature reaches around 75 degrees centigrade. At that kind of temperature the micro-organisms work so fast that you can almost see the food breaking down before your eyes

Composting occurs at temperature intervals of+2 to +78C. Different micro-organisms work at different temperature intervals. Higher temperatures give a higher degree of hygienic composting, and are, therefore, more favourable.With equal moisture distribution and oxygen configuration in the Little Pig unit, plus with continued addition of waste, the temperature will rise to 65-75C. You don't have to buy a thermometer, as you will see the steam rising from the contents. In fact, it can get too hot to bury your hand in it - should you wish to do so!

Two Compartments for Maximum Results
The digester is divided into two compartments. When the first compartment is full (approx. 6 weeks) it is covered with a metal plate (provided). When the second compartment is full the first can be emptied of its’ finished compost.

Features & Benefits:
'Continuous-use' dual chamber composter
Durable, rust proof galvanized steel construction
Holds 7.5 cubic feet (60 gallons) of compost
Operating capacity: 4-7.5 gallons per week
Side vents provide aeration, and speed up composting
Reduces or eliminates odors
Fully-enclosed and pest resistant
Rodent proof - elevated so rodents cannot access waste
Set up to be either freestanding or mounted

Exterior: galvanized, powder-coated steel panels
Insulation: 2.16" polyethylene - a stable, non-toxic plastic
Stand: galvanized steel
Stainless steel hardware

Rotating Compost:
Easy to rotate - simply turn by hand after adding waste
Fresh waste is brought into direct contact with decaying waste
Adds air to the mixture, providing oxygen that is vital for the process

Dimensions of Composter: 91cm wide x 76cm deep

Dimensions of complete unit on Frame: 130cm high x base of frame 114cm wide x 72cm deep


JK 125 

JK 270 

JK 400 

Dimensions drum (mm)

710 x 600 

920 x 700 

1170 x 800 

Dimensions incl. stand (mm)          

950 x 700      

1150 x 700     

1400 x 800 

Height incl. high stand (mm)








Volume (liter)




Capacity l/week




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Aine Butler
August 13th, 2019
I bought this composter a few months ago and have waited a while to review it. I wish I had got it years ago! Absolutely fab, I put in a 10L bucket of all kitchen waste every day or two along with a handful of wood pellets. I haven't even filled up the first compartment yet! It breaks down quicker than I thought possible. Highly reccommend it. Use the pellets and keep tumbling it.
April 05th, 2019
Having given Full name and address, Eircode and mobile number, my Big Pig did not arrive. I eventualy colledted it from a fastway depot, the fastway office told me no Eircode or mobile number was displayed on any labels on both boxes so they were unable to contact me to deliver the parcels. It took 3 people 7 hours to construct the pig whilst using the you tube video and instructions given. We found it very challenging and exhausting, however we managed to complete the task and now we await to see how useful and effective it will be
February 09th, 2019
we love it, We used it for more than 18 month. Moved bottom tube to the back, and raised the unit up on some bricks, so our wheelborrow fits under when we empty. We have 2 loose trays under to collect the juices (fertiliser) Need a lot of wood pellets, which are better than paper. No smells. Noting we don't like about it.
January 30th, 2019
Fantastic composter. Breaks scraps down extremely quickly, I set it up in early November and we've had 6-12 people in the house since. I've been emptying alternate sides every 2-3 weeks (so 4-5 weeks total composting time in the pig) then letting it age in a spare wheelie bin. It definitely gets hotter when I use wood pellets rather than card/paper as a carbon source. And it takes more pellets than you'd think to keep it from getting wet and stinky.
August 18th, 2018
I have to say. It was money well spent. It is awesome. No smell,no rodents and so easy to use. I am not sure to what level I fill the compartment.that is the only query I have. I give it 10/ 10.
Alan Shuttleworth
April 27th, 2018
I have read some comments about people struggling to make panels line up when assembling so:- Assembled my JK270 today and here are some tips. 1: Unlike the video, the bottom horizontal tube should be at the back. 2: Use one of the self tapping screws to start the threads in all the holes in the end panels to make final assembly easier. 3: Before making the holes in the insulation for the nylon screws, stand the unit up with the end panels, insulation & centre panels in place then fit four insulated horizontal panels top, bottom, left and right to make sure the insulated panels are lined up correctly, then push the nylon screws through. There is room to fit the nuts and tighten with the horizontal panels in place. 4: Remove the horizontal insulated panels and then assemble all the panels and doors in the correct order as in the instructions. By taking the time to do this you will find that everything fits beautifully into place as mine did. Really pleased with the unit, I loaded my
Carol Penney
April 26th, 2018
March 20th, 2018
This tumbler is easy to use, I’ve not had a first batch out of it yet, but am seeing how it breaks down material. Cutting vegetable matter into smaller chunks does help. Construction was straightforward and the video certainly helped as did some of the feedback on the reviews.
March 16th, 2018
It leaks and not sure if I am doing something wrong ??? I give it 5 stars for getting rid of All kitchen waste
September 17th, 2017
A great invention that fits well with a well orginised garden. Easy to fill and turn.Difficult to assemble as the enclosed directions for assembly were not clear and did require the help of two persons. It is heavy when assembeled. No regrets of purchase.
Martin Forde
August 23rd, 2017
The Joraform Compost Tumbler JK270 " The Big Pig" is absolutely brilliant. One of our best investments. We found the video extremely helpful in assembling it. No house should not be without one. Excellent quality compost. A huge saving on waste collection.
June 26th, 2016
If I hadn't watched your youtube video I'd have struggled with the bare-bones assembly instructions. For an item of this cost, I would have expected proper guidance on use. Otherwise fine so far.
April 19th, 2016
Great product,quick delivery,friendly and helpful courier. The Joraform composter isn't too hard to put together if you watch the very helpfull video on the Quickcrop web site. This video allowed me to complete the job in about 70 minutes,without this help it Would have taken much,much longer as the included instructions from platform are poor. Price wise a bit expensive . I gave it five stars because I was able to get the price down by 12% by availing of the black Friday deal. The insulation appears to be about two inches thick and this item is of very good quality. Only just started to use it so too early to say much other than it is easy to spin and feels quite sturdy in use.
Emily Fitzgerald
March 17th, 2016
Bought the JK270 about a month ago and just got around to assembling it last weekend. The assembly video is spot on and made putting it together extremely easy. Would have been lost without it as there were no instructions in the boxes we received. There was a packet of jellies though which helped me through the process - thanks Quickcrop!! ;-) It does need two people towards the end and brute force is needed to push the panels into place...I made it as far as this assembling it on my own. Two people also needed to tighten everything at the end. I've put a few loads in so far and looking forward to getting into the swing of using it and getting compost over the coming months. My rubbish bin contents (and that of my parents) is already greatly reduced! :-) Will post another review in 4/5 months.
Ask a Question
Asked By Philipp
on September 02nd, 2019
I am interested in this composter, but am concerned about some reviews online complaining about rust issues. What is your experience with rust of the JK125/270 over the long term? What would be a realistic life expectancy for outdoor use in Europe?
Answered by Niall
on September 02nd, 2019
Hi Philipp I think you might be reading old reviews as the Joraform manufacturer has changed how the steel in their units are now treated and the paint they use which seems to have eradicated rust issues. They started doing this about 4 years ago so any reviews older than this may have had this problem. The company was taken over 5 years ago and a lot of improvements to the product have taken place since then Regards Niall Quickcrop
Asked By Elizabeth Flanagan
on August 23rd, 2019
I am a first tim user or 'big pig' and because I ordered mine ready built I received no instructions. I've been adding in waste from kitchen and garden but how will I know when one side is full? Also, reading the description it mentioned a metal plate that covers a full load- not seen this in mine- is it built in or should I have received it separately? Elizabeth
Answered by Niall
on August 23rd, 2019
Hi Elizabeth When the compartment is three quarters full you can move on to filling the 2nd compartment. Don't overfill any one compartment as the chamber needs air to be effective. There is no metal plate to put in to the chambers once full. You just close the lid Niall Quickcrop
Asked By Kat Doyle
on July 14th, 2019
Hi Niall. I'm loving my big pig. I need a wheelbarrow which fits underneath but also robust enough for general purposes. Puma or garden buddy perhaps?
Answered by Niall
on July 15th, 2019
Hi Kat The Puma is a lower wheelbarrow so should do the trick and it is very robust. Niall Quickcrop
Asked By Gemma
on June 07th, 2019
Hi, i’m looking for a composter for a house we’ve just moved into that is coastal. Will all the parts of the JK270 be able to handle the salty air? Thanks, Gemma
Answered by Niall
on June 10th, 2019
Hi Gemma The steel is galvanised and painted so it should be fine. That said there is very little that will stand up to the salty air long term so it might be best to keep it in a shed to give it extra longevity Niall Quickcrop
Asked By Hazel
on April 26th, 2019
Is the weekly capacity listed the maximum volume of material that the tumbler can cope with or the volume that comes out as compost? I assume that as it breaks down the volume will reduce quite a bit? I would like to know roughly how much compost I can expect this tumbler to produce. Thanks!
Answered by Niall
on April 29th, 2019
Hi Hazel. The quantities given are the weekly quantities you put in to the unit weekly. This will reduce to about a third of that volume once composted down. Regards Niall Quickcrop
Asked By Deirdre Dunne
on March 15th, 2019
Could you clarify for us exactly what can go in? Cooked meat and bones I see can but general meal leftovers - pasta, rice, sauces, cream/milk/dairy generally, break/crackers and sweet things like biscuits/sweet cereal etc. getting mixed answers. Sorry if this is explained somewhere else. Many thanks, Deirdre
Answered by Niall
on March 15th, 2019
Hi Deirdre Its a very fair question to be honest. Literally everything can go in from the kitchen cooked and uncooked plus the garden. Bones are fine but they need to be small ones and small sticks from the garden Regards Niall Quickcrop
Asked By Marcella
on October 22nd, 2018
Does the Big Pig need to be place in a sunny location?
Answered by Niall
on October 22nd, 2018
Hi Marcella No. The internal insulation means it doesn't matter if it is in shade. The internal temperature will stay the same. We have a lot of customers who keep them in their garage or shed (there is no smell from them) and they work really well Regards Niall Quickcrop
Asked By Ian
on June 22nd, 2018
I've had the large Joraform for a couple of years and am still trying to get the balance of brown matter right. My most recent batch was mushy and smelly so I need much more brown matter. As it goes through wood pellets like there's no tomorrow I want to start using all that cardboard that comes with online deliveries! So my question is, can anyone recommend a cardboard shredder for domestic use that doesn't cost an arm and a leg? Ian
Answered by Niall
on June 22nd, 2018
Hi Ian I am afraid shredders that can handle thick cardboard are very expensive and nobody seems to have brought out a cheap one that can do this. To be honest i use all of the cardboard and paper from my house and i just tear up the cardboard and put it in. It seems to relive some of the everyday stress of life for me Niall Quickcrop
Asked By Zoe
on April 30th, 2018
Hi. I’m looking to illuminate any raw or cooked waste. We have hens which take care of leftovers, but thinking about fish & meat bones, meat that may be gone off, along with our usual compost stuff. Which is better, the hot bin or tumbler?
Answered by Niall
on April 30th, 2018
Hi Zoe For heavy materials like bones and meat the Joraform will perform much better. Primarily because it gets much hotter and is rotated where as the Hotbin doesn't get rotated so it takes a lot longer for heavy items like yours Regards Niall Quickcrop
Asked By Larry Reynolds
on April 30th, 2018
Hi, a strange question I know but do you actually need garden waste, grass, leaves etc, to make compost? We have very little garden waste apart from autumn but want to compost kitchen waste. Thank you
Answered by Niall
on April 30th, 2018
Hi Larry Its actually a really good question. You can make compost from kitchen waste once you add in about a third brown waste (shredded cardboard, paper etc). Once you don't let the mix get to wet you will produce very good compost this way Regards Niall Quickcrop
Asked By Richard
on March 14th, 2018
Hi I have the big pig for many years now and has been great. However the metal bar that runs through the middle and connects at each end of the stand is broken. Do you have spares in stock? Thanks Richard
Answered by Niall
on March 15th, 2018
Hi Richard. We don't presently sell these rods however we are working on carrying a range of replacement parts for the Joraforms however it may be a few weeks before we have them in and on the website Regards Niall Quickcrop
Asked By Patricia
on February 21st, 2018
Hi, considering an alternative to the ‘brown’ bin, especially for food waste. Does this need good sun exposure and can it be fixed to a wall? Thanks
Answered by Niall
on February 22nd, 2018
Hi Patricia. The Joraform doesn't need to go in a sunny spot and the secret to it is the thickness of the internal foam which creates and holds the heat in. The JK125 units can be fixed to a wall but i wouldn't recommend fitting the 270 as it would be to heavy and would eventually pull part of the wall away Regards Nial Quickcrop
Asked By Stephen
on January 11th, 2018
HI, I recently purcahsed the Big Pig and havent yet used it, can you please tell me how much sawdust I should use in the The Big? I have lost the instructions could you please email these to me ? Many Thank
Answered by Niall
on January 11th, 2018
Hi Stephen. One decent handful of Pellets each time you empty your kitchen compost bucket (5litres approx) in to the unit. If you want to email directly through the contacts page we will have your email address from that and we can email you the instructions. You can of course look at the Video we have on assembly of the Joraforms which might be of more help
Asked By Francis Lamon
on May 29th, 2017
Has the insulation changed in the pig it use to be white and now I see in your videos its black,any reason for that
Answered by Andrew
on May 30th, 2017
Hi Francis. Yes they have improved the insulation to a new one that is not as porous and stays tighter at the edges to stop any leakage. It also seems to create greater heat in the unit
Asked By Sinead Burke
on May 24th, 2017
Hi Andrew, is this composter really rodent-proof? We were met by a fabulously healthy rat when we opened our normal compost bin the other day so totally rodent-proof is what we're looking for. I reckon the rats here do a gymnastics course growing up - I've seen them eating apples off the tree, on a bird feeder hanging by a string from a tiny branch, the list goes on! Thanks! Kind regards, Sinead
Answered by Andrew
on May 25th, 2017
Hi Sinead. Yes 100%. It is on a frame raised of the ground. Even if a rat or mouse was able to climb the bars to get to the main composter it is fully sealed and the small air vents are certainly to tiny to let anything in.
Asked By Mary
on February 28th, 2017
What di I have to add to the composting waste??? Sawdust and wood pellets are mentioned
Answered by Andrew
on March 02nd, 2017
Hi Mary. You need to achieve a balance of nitrogen/carbon material. The most common issue will be a wet, smelly compost which is because you didn't put enough carbon in the material. Add shredded cardboard, sawdust or wood pellets to correct. I hope this helps. Andrew
Asked By Adrienne
on September 26th, 2016
Hi, I have 3 questions: 1. For composting garden waste: Does it need to be broken up? I"m thinking of things like big squash, tomato, and cucumber vines. 2. When composting kitchen waste: again, do things need to be broken up? 3. Once a "batch" has begun, do I have to wait to add additional waste?
Answered by Andrew
on September 26th, 2016
Hi Adrienne. Good questions. I will do my best to answer. 1. No you don't need to break up garden waste however the woodier stuff like clippings etc do need to be cut up or they will just take longer to compost. 2. Again no need to cut up things like rotten potatoes etc but the more things are broken up before being put in the Joraform the quicker they will compost. 3. There are 2 compartments in the unit so you fill one full and then move on to filling the next one. Once the first one is broken down and emptied you start filling that one again.

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