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.


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.

Friday, 8 May 2015  |  HOTBIN Composting

Whatever sized container you are using to collect your waste, here is an easy wasy to understand the ratios and required measurements of bulking agent and shredded paper to add in addition your waste.

Thursday, 6 November 2014  |  HOTBIN Composting

Households are becoming increasingly under pressure to reduce the amount of waste they send to landfill and to recycle more. Reduced frequency of waste collections have been introduced, bin sizes are being squeezed and food caddies becoming a familiar site in many kitchens as the councils ask us to collect and leave out our food waste for recycling.

Wednesday, 16 July 2014  |  HOTBIN Composting

Guide to chopping and shredding waste before adding to your HOTBIN

Friday, 7 February 2014  |  HOTBIN Composting

Hot composting produces rich organic compost quickly. With hot composting, you can compost nearly all domestic food waste as well as all of your garden waste.

Wednesday, 5 February 2014  |  HOTBIN Composting

We recommend adding 30g of dry paper per 1 kg of food waste. As different kitchen waste caddies vary in capacity, we have put the most common sized caddies in a table with the amount of paper needed.

Thursday, 18 April 2013  |  HOTBIN Composting

How hot is too hot...we say above 70c is too hot

Wednesday, 10 April 2013  |  HOTBIN Composting

There are three distinct temperature zones within the HOTBIN. Have a look at our temperature zone chart.

Monday, 14 January 2013  |  HOTBIN Composting

We recommend that any bulking agent you use is made up of a variety of different particle sizes.

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