How to HOT compost

Do I need to use the thermometer?
If you are composting food waste and want to ensure it will not turn anaerobic, or want to be sure of maximum pathogen and weed destruction, then you need to know the compost is working at 50-60°C. (Steam coming off does not indicate 60°C).
What should I do with additional thermometer?
Place the thermometer in to the top / centre of the waste. Try keep it in the  top 5- 10 cm as this is the hottest and most active part of the HOTBIN.  Make sure when you're adding new waste that you remove it or it may get lost in the heap!
How does the HOTBIN insulation work?
The ARPRO® material used to manufacture the HOTBIN offers outstanding insulation thanks to the millions of tiny air pockets within the 50mm walls. This  provides excellent resistance to thermal conductivity and heat transfer which means HOTBIN stays hot and retains the heat generated by the bacteria.

 


Monday, 28 January 2019  |  HOTBIN Composting

The HOTBIN base layer is crucial to begin the production of heat in the HOTBIN. Here are 5 types of waste however that should not be soley used to create a base layer.

Sunday, 27 January 2019  |  HOTBIN Composting

A good base layer provides the foundation of a healthy and happily working HOTBIN. Here are some hints on creating one.

Friday, 25 January 2019  |  HOTBIN Composting

Will a cold bin go anaerobic? What can you do if the HOTBIN temperature is dropping but you are lacking waste to add into the HOTBIN?

Friday, 7 December 2018  |  HOTBIN Composting

Here is why you need to keep adding bulking agent as we explain what it is and what role it plays in your compost heap.

Friday, 10 August 2018  |  HOTBIN Composting

Here are the top 5 common mistakes made when hot composting with the HOTBIN.

Monday, 4 June 2018  |  HOTBIN Composting

Card or paper in the HOTBIN is essential, however pre-soaking it can cause problems with the HOTBIN's operation - here is why we advise against it.

Friday, 23 February 2018  |  HOTBIN Composting

The Kick Start bottle is like a hot water bottle for the HOTBIN! It can be used when starting the HOTBIN in the cold or following a holiday where the HOTBIN has cooled down. This article covers how to use it effectively.

Thursday, 15 February 2018  |  HOTBIN Composting

Commercial accelerators are not required in the HOTBIN so save your money. It's more important to keep composting bacteria happy.

Tuesday, 13 February 2018  |  HOTBIN Composting

The necessity of turning your compost is a highly debated topic that divides the experts. This short article explores whether turning is required in the HOTBIN and what exactly the pros and cons are of turning compost.

Tuesday, 4 April 2017  |  HOTBIN Composting

Bulking agent creates air voids in waste to keep the HOTBIN composting aerobically. We look at whether sawdust can do the same job.


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