Where can I locate the HOTBIN?

Wednesday, 5 February 2014  |  HOTBIN Composting

On any firm level surface - in sun/shade, on soil, grass, paving or gravel.

We recommend you locate it close to the kitchen door/house so it is easy to pop out and empty your food waste in. (The HOTBIN charcoal filter removes odour - it is OK by your door - endorsed by the inventors wife!)

You may notice a small amount of brown liquid draining from around the air intake if the leachate reservoir overflows. This is water plus dissolved humus substances (liquid fertiliser!). It will dry as a brown stain - but it is easy to wash off using a brush and water - it is not permanent.

Also see: Using the HOTBIN in a greenhouse or a garage / shed?

Hints and Tips:

Where to locate your HOTBIN!
Locate your HOTBIN outside! If you place it in the garage or shed, you are likely to experience damp from the steam the HOTBIN releases.

Any flat surface!
The HOTBIN can be placed on any flat surface (soil, grass, paving stones or patios) or on top of pea gravel – NB. The HOTBIN may produce a small amount of leachate which could produce brown marks on patios. This can be removed however, using water and a stiff brush.

Try to find a sheltered location
Near a fence or hedge – in extreme weather this will help to increase the stability of the HOTBIN, try to ensure all walls have clearance of 15-20cm.

Filling your HOTBIN with domestic food waste?
Consider locating it close to the kitchen door for easy access – NB. The HOTBIN’s internal bio-filter should ensure that minimal odour should be released.

Sun/Shade?
HOTBIN does not need to be located in a sunny area to create the heat! If managed properly the HOTBIN will achieve temperatures of 40-60oc.