How to Start Your Hot Compost Bin

Getting your HOTBIN started is an easy
process however how you start your HOTBIN depends on the amount of waste you
have readily available. In this video we are looking at the fast start option which requires you to build a base layer 40cm deep, consisting of a mix of both kitchen and
garden waste. As a guide this is the same level as the top of the removable hatch you can see here if you only have a small amount of waste
to begin with don’t worry, the principles are all still the same, just keep adding
in fresh waste as and when you have it mixing it in with shredded paper and
bulking agent and you’ll soon see the temperature increase once you have a
base layer of about 40cm. Do be aware however it may take up to three to
four weeks to get up to temperature rather than two to three days that
you’ll see us demonstrate with the fast start method. To get your hot bin up to
temperature quickly your base layer should contain a variety of waste
including the following: freshly mown grass, vegetable peelings and offcuts, fruit peelings and their skins including citrus, unripe spoiled fallen fruit
roughly chopped, leftovers and stale food, teabags, coffee grinds, mulched up leaves,
stale bread any nettles and comfrey dead flowers and their stems and chicken pellets and/or blood bone meal. Chicken pellets and bone meal are not essential
but if you have any to hand add a sprinkling to the recipe. Before you start adding waste scatter a handful of thin twigs or prunings as this will
improve air flow and help the composting bacteria to work more efficiently. OK time to build your base layer in this example our base layer consists of the
following: 40 litres of grass which is one mower hopper full, 10 litres of mulched up leaves, 5 litres of food waste including tea bags
peelings and stale bread 5 litres of spoilt fallen fruit 10 litres of bulking agent and 25 litres of shredded paper bacteria will populate your waste
naturally however to give you a base layer an early injection of bacteria you
can stare in a few handfuls of old compost. Once you’ve added all your waste
give everything a really good stir to mix in the bulking agent and shredded
paper evenly throughout the heap. The next time you add waste, only a gentle stir is required add your fresh kitchen and garden waste paper wood chips and then just mix this all with the rake into the very top layer of the heap. Wipe any mess from around the rim of the HOTBIN and close the lid tightly. Check the internal temperature of your HOTBIN two to three days later by inserting the long stem thermometer
ten centimeters into the center of the heap and if all
has gone to plan you should find the internal temperature reads about 40 to 60 degrees Celsius or 100 to 140 degrees Fahrenheit. Going forward just feed your bin every
two to three days to keep your HOTBIN hot it needs a minimum
of five kilos or ten liters of fresh waste every week that’s equivalent to
two small caddies like these. If you’ve liked this video please click the
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7 thoughts on “How to Start Your Hot Compost Bin

  1. Excellent guide. I stuck in 2 mower bins of grass, about 15l of kitchen waste (shoved through my Bosch garden shredder but pre chopping at to roughly 1" lumps before binning would work as well), a handful of leaves, mouldy wood chippings from a pile, a shredder load of paper shreddings and some cardboard, also run through the Bosch, a few fresh branches, chipped to clean the shredder and some of my old fully plus semi rotted compost from a Dalek bin that never worked very well. I did add a starter bottle of hot water and it was a warm-hot few days this week.

    24 hours, later, I had a top thermometer temperature of 31C and a core temp of 48C.

    12 hours later, top temp 54C and core about 65C.

    24 hours after that, I filled it with 2-3 hoppers of fresh grass clippings, bag of fresh kitchen waste chopped, a couple of bags (5l bags) or mouldy kitchen waste from the dalek, pampass shreddings and more shredded cardboard.

    About a day later, it's hit over 60C top and 72C core. 72C seems to be the limit. The pile had dropped about 4" in that time.

    Very very impressive – the proof of the pudding will be how well this sustains and whether it will accept my average grass clipping output.

  2. Anybody having trouble with Earth mites? I think that’s what they are, small orangey brown dots that seem to congregate around the rim and in the top filter. I keep blasting them with the hose but they seem to come back.

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  4. I've just received my hot bin. Your vids are really useful, so thanks. My initial problem is that I don't have any grass. I dug up the grass some time ago for raised veg beds. I do have a large compost heap in a pallet, which consists mainly of spent veg stuff and shredded paper and cardboard. Would this be regarded as a suitable substitute for getting me started?

  5. My first attempt was a failure – scraping that all out to start again. Is the bulking agent just bark chips? Also what do you do if you haven't got a paper shredder? I tore strips of newspaper first time round.. but don't fancy having to buy a paper shredder. Advice please.. I want to make this work.

  6. Also it seems as though you also need a garden shredder too.. what do you do with stems of plants of you have no shredder?

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