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Hot Compost Bin
« on: March 01, 2022, 10:39 »
Hi all,
I am looking to get another composter in my garden. I currently have a Dalek style and I am thinking of getting a hot bin one. Aside from the cost, does anyone have any comments on these. I like the fact that you can sit on concrete (which means I am not taking up valuable garden and grass space) and you can add all manner of items including cooked food waste.

I did a search and saw that there was a topic in 2013 and a review by John (but the link didnt work), is there any one else that has gone down this route or can give any other advise.

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Re: Hot Compost Bin
« Reply #1 on: March 01, 2022, 18:13 »
I haven't got one, but here's an updated link for John's review, I think:
https://www.allotment-garden.org/product-reviews/hotbin-hot-compost-bin-review/
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Re: Hot Compost Bin
« Reply #2 on: March 01, 2022, 19:33 »
I bought one about this time last year. They are pretty good and rot stuff down very fast, without smell or flies.

The compost that comes out is very rich and more like the stuff you get out of a wormery bin. Mine stands on concrete but is raised up on a small stack of paving slabs so I can drain the liquid feed it produces out more easily.

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Re: Hot Compost Bin
« Reply #3 on: March 04, 2022, 13:45 »
This is all really useful, thanks very much for the input

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Re: Hot Compost Bin
« Reply #4 on: May 29, 2022, 23:24 »
I dont know if anyone is interested in buying one of these hotbins, but I was at the
RHS Flower show at the weekend, they have a promotion of 10% off, which is 20 quid off the regular price of the mini hotbin, normal price £200, take the discount off £180

The 200 liter one is £270, 10% off works out £243, so there is quite a saving

The code is CHEL2022, this is valid until 6/6/2022

I am still thinking about buying one
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Re: Hot Compost Bin
« Reply #5 on: June 02, 2022, 07:53 »
I dont know if anyone is interested in buying one of these hotbins, but I was at the
RHS Flower show at the weekend, they have a promotion of 10% off, which is 20 quid off the regular price of the mini hotbin, normal price £200, take the discount off £180

The 200 liter one is £270, 10% off works out £243, so there is quite a saving

The code is CHEL2022, this is valid until 6/6/2022

I am still thinking about buying one

So nice to see this post before ending the promotion, need to take desicion fasterm thank you!  :)

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Re: Hot Compost Bin
« Reply #6 on: September 23, 2022, 11:31 »
First time since I have had my Hot Bin, (I bought it just after the Chelsea Flower show in May 2022)

I opened it today, it was just a wet mat in there

I havent added any liquids, I havent even been able to cut my grass much this year, its been to hot and dry, it hasnt grown

I have been adding weeds, leaves, left over of food, a few green bit and pieces

Plenty of shredded card board and paper, all mixed with the green stuff (what little there has been )

It just fell out as a wet lump

I have spread it out to dry out in the hope there is something I can sieve and use

I ended up just dumping it back in the Hot Bin, but with plenty of shredded card board and paper, two bottles of hot water to bring it up to temperature

My Dalek bin has been a lot better, yes a bit wet, but there is compost I can use in there (I added Garotta to my Dalek bin, it helps it rot down)

Well here are a couple of pictures of what I got out of my Hot Bin


Well if anyone can tell me where I went wrong, it would be appreciated
Hotbin (1).jpg
Hotbin (2).jpg

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Re: Hot Compost Bin
« Reply #7 on: September 23, 2022, 13:19 »
Have you been draining the liquid fertiliser out of it as I think that is a regular task according to my sister who has 1?
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Re: Hot Compost Bin
« Reply #8 on: September 23, 2022, 15:50 »
They do need draining out fairly often.  Mine has a drain plug on the bottom right hand side of the front. 

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Re: Hot Compost Bin
« Reply #9 on: September 24, 2022, 00:30 »
No, I havent seen any liquid coming from it at all, the blu cap is fairly loose anyway

In the end I sieved everything out, spread it out to dry, then everything else I put back in the bin with even more cardboard and shredded paper

Stripped off the leaves from my tomato plants, weeds, flower baskets, put them in there, plus some grass cuttings, mixed it all up with the shredded cardboard/paper

Put in two bottles of hot water to help bring it up to temperature
Shut the lid until next time I stir it all up

Just as a note I havent seen any bugs or wildlife in there

Is it too hot for bugs ?

(there are plenty in my Dalek bin, they all scuttle off when I lift the lid)
« Last Edit: September 24, 2022, 00:32 by pepsi100 »

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Re: Hot Compost Bin
« Reply #10 on: September 24, 2022, 00:42 »
Apologies, I have started a new thread about my Hotbin, not sure how to add them together

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Re: Hot Compost Bin
« Reply #11 on: September 24, 2022, 07:56 »
Apologies, I have started a new thread about my Hotbin, not sure how to add them together

Iíve added them together  :)

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Re: Hot Compost Bin
« Reply #12 on: September 24, 2022, 07:57 »
Apologies, I have started a new thread about my Hotbin, not sure how to add them together

Iíve added them together  :)

Thank you, its appreciated  :D

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Re: Hot Compost Bin
« Reply #13 on: September 24, 2022, 08:03 »
No, I havent seen any liquid coming from it at all, the blu cap is fairly loose anyway

In the end I sieved everything out, spread it out to dry, then everything else I put back in the bin with even more cardboard and shredded paper

Stripped off the leaves from my tomato plants, weeds, flower baskets, put them in there, plus some grass cuttings, mixed it all up with the shredded cardboard/paper

Put in two bottles of hot water to help bring it up to temperature
Shut the lid until next time I stir it all up

Just as a note I havent seen any bugs or wildlife in there

Is it too hot for bugs ?

(there are plenty in my Dalek bin, they all scuttle off when I lift the lid)

It does look like it all got too wet and compacted.  You need something like bark chips scattered in there to make sure there are air gaps.  I often use small twiggy prunings to do the same job.  Cardboard and paper soak up liquid, compress down and are not enough on their own.

Once it is up to temperature it will be too hot for most bugs.  It is a bit different to a normal compost bin.

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Re: Hot Compost Bin
« Reply #14 on: September 24, 2022, 08:11 »
I've put all the stalks from the tomatos in there, plus stalks from other plants, I've never pressed it down to compact it

No twigs or anything like that I can use

It use this thing Hot bin to stir/move everything around so it doesnt compress it

I guess the weight of everything in the compresess its self

Considering how much I put in there over the summer and since I bought it, I am really surprised how much it rotted down I have about half a bucket of compost I can use



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