How to Remove Compost from the HOTBIN

Wednesday, 18 October 2017  |  HOTBIN Composting

Ready to remove your HOTBIN compost? Here are a few tips on how to remove the compost from the HOTBIN.

Looking face on at the material behind the hatch, first remove the middle area (the core) of the compost first leaving the sides and back supporting the material above. Second, drag the material from the back to the front bringing the sides forward with it one side at a time. Please note, HOTBIN compost is naturally stickier than regular compost due to the high humic content (but not extremely wet or foul-smelling), this sticky nature is useful when removing your compost as it’s more supportive than drier and crumblier compost.  For more information, check out how your compost should look and feel.

If you are able to do so, try and leave a small amount of ready to harvest compost just below the material which is still decomposing, this should prevent the unready material from dropping down into the cavity too early.

It is possible that you may rake out some material which still needs further composting, however this can be popped back into the top of the unit to continue breaking down.

First Harvest?

If this is the first time you are removing compost from your HOTBIN, bear in mind that this will be the base layer you are removing. The base layer will have consisted of material to begin the production of heat and as such you may find this will be more mulch like. You can use this as a mulch or add in back into the top for a second re-process with the addition of plenty of fresh waste. Subsequent harvests should break down quicker than the base layer because they will have been added when the bin was at a higher temperature.

Which Tools to Use

We recommend using the rake to remove the compost, please - however tempted - do not use a garden fork or other sharp tool to remove the compost. Although the walls of the HOTBIN are strong, using sharp tools can potentially damage the walls of the HOTBIN and cause piercing (often by too much enthusiasm) which may affect the ongoing performance of the unit.