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Simly, rich mature compost in 30- 90 days
HotBin is an innovative hot compost bin that super heats your food and garden waste to 60°C. Compost in 30-90 days is 32 times faster than a cold compost bin, it’s easy to use, fast and there’s no tumbling or rotating required.
The HotBin is an aerobic compost bin that gets HOT: between 40-60°C!
This high heat that gets bacteria breaking down waste into compost in just 30 – 90 days, not to mention killing off weed seeds and pathogens!
All you need to do is feed the bacteria in the bin and provide them with oxygen- pretty much anything goes!
Put anything in it
Simply add anything from cooked food to garden waste then add some bulking agent to the mix to keep the air flowing inside the bin. Once the bacteria are happily eating away, the heat in the HotBin will rise and the compost will follow.
In the HotBin you can feed them with a wider variety of waste than traditional cold composting heaps and divert more waste from landfill in the process.
So simple to use
All of this without an untidy compost heap, back breaking turning, tumbling, and stinky odours thanks to the bio-filter in the HotBin minimising them and reducing the attraction of vermin and flies to the bin.
In 30-90 days, depending on the type of compost you would like, simply remove the front hatch and harvest your neutrient rich compost, ready for all your gardening needs!
If you are unsure of what you can and can't compost please see the Q&A tab.
Hear from an expert
Read an indepth trial of HotBin by "The Compost Woman" here.
The HotBin is a fine example of british design and manufacture skills.
What's In The Box?
The delivery time for the HotBin is between 5 and 14 days.
Dimensions and More Information
|Dimensions mm||550x625x1145 (wheelie bin size)|
|Capacity (Int)||200 Litres Approx|
|What Does It Eat||Practically Everything|
|Speed||32x Faster Than Cold Composting|
What's In The Box?
|HotBin Basic||HotBin Extra|
Below is a video of the Hotbin Inventor, Tony Callaghan, explaining the ins and outs of the Hotbin
Our products and solutions are no different from any other appliance buy you make.
To help makes things easier for you, we've given a guideline on the approximate skill-level and time involved in the installation of this product:
DIY: Comes ready for use
Professional: Not needed
Please note: some of you might think you're handier than you are! This is a guideline only, intended only to help you understand how simple installation is and whom you could ask to do it for you. If you were unsure, we would recommend getting the professionals in!
Feel free to download other information in the 'Downloads' tab.
If you need further advice, then please get in touch.
- What is bad compost?
- how would a gardening expert describe good compost?
- how would a worm composter (vermicomposter) describe what good compost is?
- Can I use the HOTBIN in a greenhouse?
- Can I add cold BBQ ash to my compost?
- Can I add BBQ briquettes (broken bits, leftover dust, etc) to my compost?
- Can I compost animal faeces?
Compost that contains toxic or potential toxic elements (chemicals) - it would be rare for domestic (home) compost to be polluted and there are no home tests you can do. The best option is to ensure no waste laden with toxic chemicals are added. This is often why wood containing preservatives and printed paper are not added. The use of toxic chemicals like arsenic, chromium and lead was been banned many years ago, so it is not always a case of not adding these items. Industrial compost is made and sold conforming to PAS 100 (a BSI pre-standard) - this includes a test to ensure PTEs are below set limits.
- It smells earthy (not putrid, acrid or drain like?);
- It is fine particles with no sign of original waste or big bits;
- It is a dark brown material
- Some might add a footnote that peat is not compost, farm manure is not compost and that the term ‘humus’ is better reserved to describe ‘very well matured compost’.
- It smells earthy;
- It is always fine particles with no sign of original waste or big bits;
- It is dark brown;
- It is ‘extra good’ as the worms leave a sticky mucus (from digestion tract) in the compost that promotes mycorrhizal root zone activity
4. Can I use the HOTBIN in a greenhouse?
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The quick answer is Yes - we have a number of users with the HOTBIN located in their greenhouse. Composting releases water, carbon dioxide and heat. The HOTBIN expels warm carbon dioxide and water vapour (steam) via the valve. Your greenhouse plants will use the carbon dioxide and the water vapour (which will reduce watering).
5. Can I add cold BBQ ash to my compost?
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Yes, but too much ash will turn the compost waste strongly alkaline and this will slow down the composting process. Ash (and especially BBQ ash if lots of fat has dripped in towards the end of the BBQ) can also form an impervious layer if not mixed in or too much is added in one go.
DO NOT add hot ash to the HOTBIN, or any other compost bin - it will damage the plastic and void the warranty. It can ignite a fire if your heap is very dry.
6. Can I add BBQ briquettes (broken bits, leftover dust, etc) to my compost?
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Yes. We were quite surprised to see a lot of composting help sites advising not to add BBQ briquettes to compost or soil. This really puzzled us – charcoal is a natural, non-toxic, inert form of carbon. It is used widely in agriculture (especially in Japan), is believe to be one of the critical components in Amazonian Terra Petra (Dark Earth, or ATP) and is closely related to Biochar. A huge group of environmental scientists are saying actively add charcoal to soil!
We have noted that many posts state that BBQ briquettes are manufactured using "toxic chemicals"....
We visited some manufactures sites to read up how BBQ coals are made.
Here goes: they take the dust (inert charcoal particles) and press them into briquettes. To stop them falling apart they use a binding agent (starch - that's a potato!)). To get them out of the mould they add a release agent (borax, ie sodium borate - used in a hundreds things around house). To get them to light faster they add an accelerant (sodium nitrate - umm that will be the world's biggest fertiliser!).
Although we cannot be 100% certain of all the chemicals, consider this risk - you tend to stand near/over BBQs and breath in the fumes. Which is more dangerous breathing in a lot of fumes and using BBQs in a domestic environment or composting small amounts where bacteria turn most nutrient into safe forms of plant nutrients.
Yes, you can compost animal faeces in the Hotbin as it is hot composting not cold composting.
Just follow these simple steps:
- Make sure the Hotbin is running at a temperature greater than 40°C;
- Add bulking agent (e.g. shredded paper) at a ratio of 100:1 to ensure the waste is not "too wet";
- Do NOT put plastic bags in the Hotbin, even if they are compostable;
- Follow all simple hygiene precautions, click here to read more.
Here's a breif explanation of why you can compost faeces in the Hotbin and not ordinary composting bins:
Ordinary composting faeces from meat eating animals can pose health risks. This is because all faeces can prove harmful as they can contain pathogenic bacteria, parasites such as roundworm or phytotoxic chemical that can be dangerous to plants and humans.
Most human diseases have a poor life expectancy outside the human body: normally surviving just hours or days. The main concern with dog and cat faeces is parasite worms. On rare occasions, the worms can carry parasites that are dangerous to humans. These parasites produce egg oocysts which can survive up to a year depending on conditions in soil. If you ingest the egg, it can develop in the human body leading to medical issues. These eggs are destroyed faster in high temperature composting, a direct reference from a page about Toxoplasma states “T. gondii is killed in 6mins at 49°C, in 44 seconds at 55°C, and in 6 seconds at 61°C”.
Assuming you follow the basic hygiene precautions, high temperature composting with the Hotbin is much safer than cold composting as the parasites are killed off.
How much animal faeces you should add
You should add the feaces at a ratio of 20g/2000g or 1:100 dilution per week.
Here are just some of the ways it does the job:
- Save yourself the time and money of buying compost;
- No need to waste money replacing compost bins that don’t work;
- Reduce your waste
- Have nutrient rich compost fast, in only 30 - 90 days;
- Maximise your recycling potential and minimise your waste- you can put all your food and garden waste in the HotBin;
- Reduce the amount of waste you send to landfill- better for the environment
- No undue odour or flies;
- Hassle-free as no turning required;
- Product excellent compost all year round in very little time;
- Smart, discret-looking bin
- Easy to set up and use;
- No turning;
- Locate on any even surface - Sun or shade
- No moving parts so very little to go wrong;
- Low maintainence;
- Works ALL year round - you will need a minimum quantity of 5kg of waste per week to maintain hot composting (5 Kgs is 10 litres, one large kitchen caddy the average for a UK household).
Here is a guide to delivery and returns. We are constantly looking to minimise delivery costs so some products may vary.
Not all options available for all products.
We offer FREE delivery on the HotBin to England, Wales and some Scottish address. Other UK addresses or international deliveries- please get in touch.
Estimated delivery time for the HotBin is up to 20 working days. Please get in touch if you require a faster delivery time.
International deliveries: Please call us for more information on international deliveries
Collection from ItDoesTheJob.com HQ available for some products.
We think you’ll be more than happy with your purchase. If you’re not, simply return to us within 30 days.