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.

 


Friday, 19 October 2012  |  HOTBIN Composting

Different types of bacteria perform different roles in composting. They work best at a range of different temperatures.

Tuesday, 3 July 2012  |  HOTBIN Composting

The art of composting all revolves around keeping your waste munching bacteria happy. Keep them fed, moist and aerated!

Friday, 13 April 2012  |  HOTBIN Composting

When the HOTBIN is working at 40-60c, there should not be any maggots or flies. If you do have flies or maggots, then follow our tips on how to get rid of them.

Thursday, 12 April 2012  |  HOTBIN Composting

Yes, you can use your HOTBIN in a greenhouse, however, for those wanting to use it as a heat source, it will only produce a small amount of heat.

Friday, 23 March 2012  |  HOTBIN Composting

Here's a 7 step check list that will help if you're struggling to get your HOTBIN up to the recommended 40 to 60c.

Saturday, 17 March 2012  |  HOTBIN Composting

To get your compost quickly, add dry 'brown' carbon rich material like wood chip and shredded paper.

Saturday, 18 February 2012  |  HOTBIN Composting

Shredded cardboard and paper are essential to HOTBIN composting as they balance the water levels and create heat.

Thursday, 12 January 2012  |  HOTBIN Composting

Hot composting increases the rate of chemical biological reactions - the speed doubles for every 10c increase in temperature.

Monday, 9 January 2012  |  HOTBIN Composting

You can start your HOTBIN at any time of the year. In winter, to get your HOTBIN hot composting, we recommend using a 'kick-start' water bottle.


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