HOTBIN Compost Bin

HOTBIN Compost Bin
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Our Price:  £185.00(Inc. 20% VAT)
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  Dispatch:  3-8 working days
  Material:  Arpro® EPP (Expanded Polypropylene)
  Capacity:  Approx. 200 litres
  Weight:  8kg (empty)

  (51 Reviews)

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The HOTBIN is no ordinary composting bin. It HOT composts all year to RECYCLE your food and garden waste into RICH compost fast. Expect compost every 90 days without forking, turning,tumbling, undue odour or flies.

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The HOTBIN is like no other compost bin on the market, it will quickly chomp through all your food and garden waste turning it into rich, organic compost your garden will love.

The innovative design and insulating nature of the material keeps the HOTBIN HOT, creating a natural environment which quickly digests the contents, making HOT composting easy.

HOTBIN reduces the amount of waste sent to landfill by composting more types of food waste. Be less selective by composting 100% of all food and garden waste without the traditional composting problems of odour, flies, turning and tumbling.

Idependently tested by Garden Organic, HOTBIN has thousands of satisfied customers and a stack load of reviews and case studies proving that HOTBIN really is a HOT composting bin that works.

Trust HOTBIN, the HOT composting bin that lets you put more in!

  HOTBIN composting benefits
  • Rich compost fast - 30 -90 days
  • More compost - Recycle all food and garden waste
  • Easy to set up and use - no back breaking turning or tumbling, undue odour, flies
  • Locate on any even surface - Sun or shade
  • Self-contained bin (has a bottom)
  • Better for the environment
  • Works ALL year round

Finding the Right Spot?

Locate HOTBIN on any flat surface, in sun or shade and achieve HOT composting throughout the year and rich compost in 30 - 90 days.

What do i need to add?

You will need a minimum quantity of 5 Kgs of waste per week to maintain hot composting. (5 Kgs is 10 litres, one large kitchen caddy the average for a UK household.)

Add in shredded paper or card to control moisture (a good way to get rid of your recycled paper) and bulking agent (partially composted woodchip) to provide aeration. More information here.

The HOTBIN (EXTRA) compost bin is assembled and ready to use.

It comes complete with:

  • Lid Thermometer to monitor temperature
  • Airtight lid  and bio-filter to reduce smells and associated attraction of vermin and flies
  • Aeration valve plate to moderate temperature
  • 50mm thick insulating walls to retain the heat
  • Aeration base plate to disperse air within the bin
  • Removable front hatch to extract new compost
  • Two green cam straps (to retain airtight door)
  • "How to" user guide
  • FREE Composting Support online and by freephone

The EXTRAS you receive:

  • 25 litre bag of Bulking Agent
  • Extra thermometer to track the HOTBIN's internal temperature
  • 'Kick Start Heater' (to keep HOTBIN working in winter)
  • Raking stick
  HOTBIN Compost Bin Dimensions

Prices include FREE delivery to most UK mainland postcodes.

Standard Delivery

Standard UK Mainland Delivery
(5 to 14 working days)

  FREE

It is not essential to sign for your delivery. If you have a safe location where your HOTBIN can be left, please include details in the delivery instructions box during checkout. The courier will leave a card if you are out and have left no instructions.

Extra delivery charges apply for:

  • Republic and Northern Ireland £78/item, Scottish Highlands £10/item & Islands £33/item delivery charge
     
  • Isle of Man £40/item delivery charge

Check to see if your post code is excluded from free delivery. Additional delivery charges are added to the cart after selecting your country code in the shipping address.

Average Rating (51 Reviews):  
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Rating:  
do not be put off by price, worth every penny
Wednesday, 14 June 2017  | 

I was expecting a great product, and have not been disappointed. I started off the Hotbin back in the middle of winter, and have just opened up the hatch to reveal my first batch of compost after 3-4 months. It was some of the best compost I have seen. I do not have a big garden, and did not have much green/grass to put in a few months ago, but still managed to get the bin hot and working perfectly between 40-60.
The Hotbin is such a well thought out product and is very simple to use.
Some may be put off by what they may consider a high price, but as someone who also helps bring UK designed and made products to market. I would say this is excellent value, and supports UK manufacturing.
Thank you for the Hotbin, I will continue to enjoy it. Although others around me might be bored of me talking about it!

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful.


Rating:  
Most Satisfying
Thursday, 1 June 2017  | 

I have been using my Hotbin for a year and recently emptied it out to start it afresh in the spring. Within a few weeks my Hotbin has reached internal temperatures of 70 degrees C and is chomping through waste material in a most satisfying way. I now look on weeds, junk mail, vegetable peelings and out of date food with pleasure as they are valuable food for my Hotbin. It really does produce compost within a few months. It is a remarkable object and I am very happy to have one in my garden.

Initially I took a while to work out how and what to feed it – it’s one of those processes that you have to get to know but well worth it once you understand what to do. Beyond the Hotbin itself, the customer service of the manufacturers is extremely impressive. They have given me really useful help in understanding how to maximise the temperature of my bin. For every problem they seem to have good advice and clear information is provided. I needed a replacement part and they immediately sorted it all out for me in a very efficient way. It’s a great pleasure to deal with this small company who are enthusiastically helping their customers. I thoroughly recommend Hotbin and the Hotbin staff to anyone who would like to make compost.

Thank you very much Hotbin.

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9 of 9 people found this review helpful.


Rating:  
As good as I hoped - but I have an anti rat tip
Saturday, 13 May 2017  | 

I have had my hotbin for a couple of years now and really love it. I have a number of other compost devices though I don't always run my hot compost hot, if you see what I mean. If I did, I wouldn't of had a problem with rats that I've had from time to time – as context I do live by the canal so we always have a problem with rats anyway.
One winter when I hadn't been running it very hot, a rat decided to gnaw their way in, leaving a rat sized hole.
I realise that the best way of amending this was expanding foam and steel wire – rats will eat through expanding foam, but not if it has wire wool. It has worked splendidly and I am reassured that I can keep my hotbin operating well even in tricky circumstances.
My other tip has probably been made by other people but of course the hotbin is a great generator of heat generally. Put it in your cold greenhouse over winter and I would've thought you could keep it frost free. Personally I have stationed mine under a plum tree given to flowering early and getting late frosts. I leave the vent open on frosty nights and hope for the best.
I have to say that I have been particularly impressed recently but I have very easy it is to decide that you want to run the hotbin heart and, as long as you keep your carbon nitrogen balance good and add that secret ingredient compost activator, it heats up remarkably quickly.
Highly recommended

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0 of 2 people found this review helpful.


Rating:  
Mining technique to get the compost out
Friday, 14 April 2017  | 

We've had our hot bin for nearly two years now and are still completely addicted. It is like having a pet. And I am thinking one is not enough...

I see someone has asked how to get the compost out without having to empty the bin. We regularly take the bottom layer out using an old coal mining technique so that we can reach the compost at the back of the bin. We divide the bottom into two vertical sections and take one section out right to the back of the bin. We replace the front cover and then let the uncomposted material drop down to fill the void (it may require to be pushed from above). Then we remove the front cover and take out the other section. We replace the front cover and let the uncomposted drop down to fill the void, again we may have to push it. Voila!

We are very impressed by how much compost we have been able to produce and how good our soil is as a result. We love it!

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13 of 14 people found this review helpful.


Rating:  
Getting Started
Friday, 7 April 2017  | 

I got the Hotbin and added some birch twigs for aeration, broken up dried stalks for bulking and veg trimmings and the first cut of the lawn, which did not produce an awful lot, and gave it all a stir. I set the top vent as shown in the video. The temp went up to 30C on day 2 and then back to ambient, I added some more grass and green clippings, weeds as I reckoned the proportion was probably low, up to 30C again, then back. I decided to increase the N levels using 'recycled wine' and got the same again. Now as someone who has 4 X one cu M standard bins, 3 or 4 "daleks", a worm composter and a liquid comfrey unit this was getting embarrassing every time someone asked how it was doing.

By the third week I noticed that the vent was shut. On inquiry my wife said, "Oh yes, I shut that to keep the heat in".

I reset it further open than I felt the video had shown and 24 hrs later it was at a healthy 60C and has remained there for a week now.

Obviously I have not yet had any compost from it, but from past experience I expect the hot bin to produce good quality material.

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8 of 9 people found this review helpful.


Rating:  
My new pet!
Sunday, 11 December 2016  | 

The hotbin is amazing! It does everything that the adverts and the reviews claim.
I took delivery in July and quickly got the bin working at 40 degrees by following the instructions exactly. It quickly became my new 'pet' having its temperature taken daily and fed every two or three days. ( he is called Herbert) like most pets he doesn't like been left when I go on holiday and requires a bit of extra attention when I return. I have used the starter bottle just twice. At the end of each month I have taken out a couple of trugs of mulch grade compost. Wonderful. Worth every penny.

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16 of 18 people found this review helpful.


Rating:  
Brilliant!
Wednesday, 30 November 2016  | 

I've only had my Hotbin for 30 days but I was a total convert within 24 hours! I started it off with a mixture of half rotted compost from my dalek and chopped garden waste and vegetable peelings etc. I closed the lid and resolved not to peek for 48 hours, however I've never been good at doing as I'm told, (I ignore 'wet paint' signs) so of course I checked the bin a day later and I was amazed to see the gauge was already showing 70 degrees!
After that I topped it up regularly as the level dropped. It's in total shade at this time of the year but even on a very frosty morning last week it was showing 110 degrees!
It has now cooled to 40 degrees but I think this is because I can't fit any more waste in, so maybe it's time to take the front off to see what's going on in there, even though it seems a bit soon.
If like me you're hesitating about spending so much on a bin, dither no more, you wont regret it!

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15 of 15 people found this review helpful.


Rating:  
Blown away by hot composting
Monday, 28 November 2016  | 

I can honestly say I am obsessed and completely blown away by hot composting and your product. Its happily composting at 70°c (inside temp). It took me a few attempts to get the balance right and I did use the hot water bottle on Friday. I've just removed the water bottle and to my amazement the water was still as hot, if not hotter then when I put it in. The amount of energy its generates its amazing. I'm 51 years old and feel like a little kid.

I would love to find a way to harness and use that energy, but think a more clever mind is needed.

I have a garage full of mulched leaves, grass cuttings and all my neighbours have waste boxes for food scraps, yep they thinks I've gone a bit potty. But I don't mind. Great compost awaits and I have a large garden.

Thanks again. Haven't enjoyed a product so much in years!

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13 of 14 people found this review helpful.


Rating:  
New to the compost game.
Wednesday, 9 November 2016  | 

Bin arrived very promptly after ordering. Superb after sales advice by phone. Excellent instructions sent with bin. A wealth of information available on Internet. A real talking point with friends and neighbours who have provided me with kitchen and garden waste. Wish I had bought one before. Eating more vegetables to ensure our new friend in the garden also gets its 5 a day!! The literature on line and phone advice if required makes this a number one product. Many thanks. A definite 5 stars.

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5 of 6 people found this review helpful.


Rating:  
I've ordered 2 more!
Tuesday, 27 September 2016  | 

The green waste (bindweed, hedge trimmings, seeding weeds) we've hitherto taken to the recycling centre is now being sold on to a farm biogas plant, so local soil improver is no longer available. I’ve tried the commercial alternatives but these were rubbish by comparison with the municipal compost – too much undigested wood.
When I looked at the costs to us of producing greenery & taking the waste to the dump ( fertiliser& nutrients from the soil, time, effort , transport) and what we got out of it (tidy garden and a smug eco-feeling) , I realised that the recycling contractor and the farm were doing rather nicely out of us. (The gas is used to generate electricity, for farm use & feed-in to the Grid, also residue to maintain the fertility of their fields).
So I decided to try to deal with our garden waste on site and retain the benefits for the fertility of our own garden
I bought one Hotbin in July, to try it out - I am thrilled with the results. We had no problem getting it going & opened it for the first time yesterday, taking out about 80L of compost for mulching. This was, as the late Geoffrey Smith would have said, ` almost good enough to put in your sandwiches’.
As the garden produces a lot of plant material, I have now ordered 2 more bins and look forward to bidding farewell to some of the Daleks – although they may still be handy as holding areas. Our council collects food waste, which is good, but if I get the Hotbin to eat that as well, I shan’t have to clean out the caddies – yippee!

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32 of 34 people found this review helpful.


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