HotBin aerobic hot compost bin

The claim

The HotBin is not an ordinary composting bin; it speeds up the recycling process through hot aerobic measures that enables you to have rich compost within 90 days no matter the season. It also rids the compost process of forking, unpleasant odours, flies and rats.

How does it work?

Unlike standard composting heaps, the HotBin speeds up the composting process by promoting and maintaining a temperature of around 60 degrees. Using this method, all food and garden waste is able to be recycled in around 90 days without the need for regular forking or rotating.

How did it worked for me?

With the bitter English winters, and even the occasional brisk summer days, I get a bit worried that my compost heap frequently halts its composting process altogether, leaving my leftover sprouts from Christmas day untouched from decomposition for weeks for everybody to see.  I therefore jumped at the opportunity to try out the HotBin, aerobic hot composting system not just to maintain the façade that I like sprouts, but to boost my feeble composting system in general.

It seemed too good to be true that the HotBin would maintain a temperature of above 60C while it breaks down more types of household waste in a shorter period of time than previous composting methods, but I was pleasantly surprised with my findings. After a couple of weeks, spent struggling to get the HotBin beyond LukewarmBin due to my reluctance to read any manual or phone for help, I tried the recommended ‘kickstarter’ system, which soon increased the temperature to the required 60C. The ‘kickstarter’ involves filling up a plastic bottle with boiling water and nestling it deep within the pile of waste.

This HotBin composter does not just accept more waste and perform well, cutting the time scale for fresh compost to 90 days but also looks acceptable, a touch smarter than the wheelie bins that seem to enclose upon us like space invaders.

It is not without its pitfalls however, firstly I do not feel entirely comfortable about its strength, a tad on the fragile side where upon a wayward penalty kick from my right boot, seen disappointing frequently, may cause a cascade of compost to fall over my patio. I also advise that the compost from the HotBin be removed altogether, rather than small amounts taken frequently. This is due to the difficulty I found in replacing the lower hatch.