HOTBIN Compost Bin (Extra)

HOTBIN Compost Bin (Extra)
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Our Price:  £185.00(Inc. 20% VAT)
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Delivery:  5 to 20 working days depending on demand
Material:  ArproŽ EPP (Expanded Polypropylene)
Capacity:  Approx. 200 litres
Weight:  8kg (empty)

  (35 Reviews)

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, Scottish Highlands & Islands
    £25/item delivery charge
     
  • Channel Islands, Isle of Man and Isles of Scilly
    £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 (35 Reviews):  
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Rating:  
raising the hotbin
Tuesday, 4 August 2015  | 

I have read some of the reviews, and one or two mention collecting the leachate from the bin. I have mounted mine on breeze blocks, leaving a gap at the front. I then put a tinfoil container(although anything would do) underneath the filter and just pour the liquid off into my watering can or similar every few days. I'm sure it could go into a plastic milk container for storage until required. seems to work fine for me. The only problem i've had has been removing the compost without the rest falling down. It means I can never get to the compost at the far back unless I completely empty it. ANY IDEAS OUT THERE?

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Rating:  
Well Worth Buying
Sunday, 24 May 2015  | 

I have only had the hot bin for 6 weeks now. I found it a little difficult to get it above 40 degrees for the first two week, I was doing everything that they advise to do but it was not working properly. I then bought some chicken pellets and put them strait into the bin within a couple of days it got upto temp and has stayed there. I've not opened it to check how it's doing yet but a family member has had the same bin for 6 months and it is working well. If your thinking about buying one then do it. It's well worth the money compared to a cold bin it works much better and faster. I also find that it doesn't smell like some cold bins. Hope this helps I am 100% happy and I'm sure you will be too. Reason for 4 stars rather than 5 is due to the problems at the start and having to buy a bag of chicken pellets.

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19 of 19 people found this review helpful.


Response:

Persevere and you will get up to 40-60°c, ensure that when you are checking the HOTBIN's temperature that you use the internal thermometer as that will give you the most accurate reading.


Rating:  
Follow The Instructions And It Works
Tuesday, 28 April 2015  | 

I am quite an experienced composter and have had many models from Daleks to tumblers but this is definitely the best composter I have tried. From scratch, in six days, following the instructions, I have a half-full bin, puffing away nicely at 55 degrees (the extra thermometer is worth having as the one in the lid shows a much lower reading). It is a very ugly piece of kit and although I had the dimensions aleady, when it arrived it seemed an even bigger monolith for the garden than I had imagined. However, now I have found the perfect spot for it and given away two other composters which looked equally unattractive, I think Jones the Steam - as it has been named - and I, will get on just fine. Is anyone cooking in theirs? To celebrate week one I am experimenting with an egg and a potato. Could come in handy when we finally have to ditch fossil fuels!

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4 of 7 people found this review helpful.


Rating:  
Working A Treat
Monday, 27 April 2015  | 

After ordering the Hotbin I was eager to get started but it took a while to arrive however I had a lot of material to get started with.

It arrived well packed and no damage and I got started right away. I'm mainly putting grass clippings into it with lots of shredded paper and whatever food waste,tea bags, basically anything I think will rot down goes in. Even the dead mice the cat leaves at the door go in but as I'm using lots of grass the temperature is always at about 60c to 70c so am confident it will rot down safely and quickly. I've held off giving it 5 stars only because I haven't seen the end result yet but am confident that when it's ready to empty I'll be rewarded with some decent compost.

If you're holding back on buying one of these because of the price as I did then I would say if you have enough material to fill it regularly then buy one because it really does work. It has become a fun obsession thinking of things that can go in there

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7 of 7 people found this review helpful.


Rating:  
As advertised
Wednesday, 22 April 2015  | 

I received this just over a week ago.

Took slightly longer to arrive than hoped but when it arrived I put it straight to use. For the first few days I struggled to get it to temperature, it sort of hovered between 15 and 30 deg C.

I added further quick composting materials with bulking material and shredded paper and it has taken another few days but today hit the 60 deg C mark.

Obviously too quick to confirm the compost yet but certainly it is hot with steam coming off of it. If I can keep the heat going I reckon it will work wonders.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful.


Rating:  
Excellent product
Friday, 3 April 2015  | 

I was originally going to purchase a wormery so that I could compost my two dogs waste. However I am so glad I went with a hotbin instead. Granted it was a little more expensive (and I went for the hotbin extra) but it now means that I can compost everything from the dogs waste to all my kitchen scraps and weeds/dead plants etc. I found it a little tricky to start up and get up to the correct temperature but with only two adults (and two dogs) in the house I found we were not getting enough 'fuel' for the hotbin. Luckily I live quite close to my parents who have a houseful of people and at least once a week I collect all their kitchen scraps etc. to add to the hotbin. This means they are also sending less waste to landfill.

Now it has finally reached the magical 40c and I have started adding pet waste. The council have also recently cut the grass outside my house which I quickly went and collected and added in too (I only have a patio). I cannot recommend this product highly enough. I am having great fun 'fuelling' my hotbin and hopefully in a month or so I will have some lovely compost to start using in my pots in my garden.

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10 of 10 people found this review helpful.


Rating:  
Very Impressed
Monday, 19 January 2015  | 

I bought my HOTBIN in late August last year. It was well packed and looked sturdy, once unpacked. I was concerned that it might be easily damaged as it looks a bit like polystyrene, but there is no problem at all.

I half-filled the bin with some of the contents of my cold compost bin, some fresh lawn mowings, some soiled bedding from my chook house and food waste. Within two days the temperature was up to 40 degC and in the months since then it has varied between that and 65 degC, even on the coldest days.

I have broadly followed the advice given and added a few handfuls of bulking material with every caddy of kitchen waste. I have used shredded garden waste, shredded corrugated cardboard and some shredded office paper along with perennial weeds etc.. Nothing biodegradable gets thrown away now, and that fills me with joy!

The shredded corrugated cardboard has been a particular success. I put the board through my office shredder (seems to cope with it well) - then it gets used as chicken bedding (mixed with a bought woodchip-type bedding) - then it goes in the HOTBIN. The soiled bedding gets stored in a secure bin until I need it.

When one of my old chickens died before Christmas, the dear old girl was buried in the HOTBIN (I made a hollow, placed her in it, and then covered her with bulking material. I have put cooked chicken carcasses into the bin before but never one of my girls. Sounds macabre, but I didn't want her buried where she could be dug up by wildlife, and it seemed right to return her to the soil.

I emptied some compost (up to the top of the access hatch) at the beginning of January. I laid an old compost bag on the floor in front of the door, and put the door (upside down) on top of that as a receptacle for the compost (worked really well). The compost stirring tool was the best thing for hooking the compost out (unsuccessfully tried lots of other garden tools first!). No sign of any of the early chicken carcass bones - Impressive!

The compost above started to drop down, and I didn't want to be faced with a partially decomposed Mrs Mac, so I re-fastened the door before the big slump! The compost was mulch grade, perfect for putting onto the veg bed before I prepare them for veg later in the year.

Suggestion - It would be nice to have a means of tapping off the fluid produced from the bottom. There isn't that much of it, but it is currently being wasted, as it soaks into the ground below. My tomatoes would love it!

I am seriously considering getting a second bin, so that I can hot compost more of my garden waste, rather than wait so long for my cold compost. This website is great too - lots of questions answered and great support.

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23 of 23 people found this review helpful.


Rating:  
Worth Every Penny!
Saturday, 3 January 2015  | 

This was a big investment for us, we could have bought 4 or 5 traditional composters for the same price. But after reading the reviews, having the ability to compost meat and to be honest being able to have something this funky in the garden, I decided to give it a go and lie to my wife about the price. Anyway we have had it 6 weeks now and its amazing, the only real issue is that we don't have two.
We both love feeding it and checking the temp. So far we have managed to hit and maintain 60C using a grass cuttings, but we can maintain a healthy 50C without to much effort. Grass cuttings really ramp up the temp though, its great when you see the steam billow out when you open the top. If there is going to be a HOTBIN mark 2 coming out can you add the ability to use the liquid that flows out of the bottom, I am sure its a concentrated plant food and it seems a waste to let it drain away.
Anyway awesome product - worth every penny!

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20 of 20 people found this review helpful.


Rating:  
Amazing
Wednesday, 22 October 2014  | 

Just to say this is now day three of using the bin. To be honest before I used it I was very sceptical about its claims to get so hot.

Amazing! Just went out to look at the temperature on the lid this morning and couldn't believe what I was seeing. After a chilly night it was showing an incredible 40C.

I quickly lifted the lid to see what was going on and could barely see the contents through the steam! What an ingenious invention this hotbin is. Now thinking how can keep the supply of material going! (It was filled almost to the top)

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14 of 15 people found this review helpful.


Rating:  
Best cospost bin yet
Tuesday, 5 August 2014  | 

I have had my hotbin for 3 months now, and have delayed reviewing it until I have some experience. Without doubt it is the best compost bin I have ever had. It got up to 50 degrees in a couple of days and has been there or higher ever since, including being unfed for 2 weeks while on holiday. It swallows chicken manure (with shredded cardboard bedding), dog poo, all our kitchen waste, and some garden refuse. No flies, no rodents and not very much smell. I would heartily recommend it.

So, why not 5 stars? There are a couple of issues that could be improved to make it even better. Important to stress that theses are fairly minor things that have room for improvement not reasons not to buy one! The most important is leachate management. Initially it produced far too much of very stinky fluid, due to feeding it too many grass clippings, even though well mixed with shredded paper and bulking agent. the resulting pond led to it being banished from the patio to behind the garage. It no longer has indigestion, but still produces the coffee-cupful a day that still has to be drained away or my dog drinks it. Some sort of collecting spout would help channel it into a suitable receptacle.

Second is getting the compost out. You have to tuck a sheet of polythene under the door, get down on your hands and knees and rake it out with the stirrer tool. Bit undignified and a bit stinky if you have let any of it go anaerobic. A fairly minor niggle but something to think about for Mark 2.

Finally, it just isn't big enough. It copes very well with the compostable waste from 2 adults, 5 chickens and a dog, but there isn't much spare capacity for garden waste as well. OK I could get 2 or 3 more, but cost becomes a significant issue. If you ever design a mega-bin for large gardens please can I pilot test it!

PS I am not the John Adams from permaculture magazine who has reviewed it already - it's a common name!

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32 of 32 people found this review helpful.


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