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Anyone have a hotbin?

It’s a composting device - a bit pricey, but looks good for a small space and you can apparently compost any organic material.

Was just wondering what the EF brain trust thought.


ETA - looks like they’ve suspended order fulfillment because of the virus.
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Re: Anyone have a hotbin?

Perhaps this question needs to be in the gardening thread.
https://www.englishforum.ch/housing-...ng-thread.html

There, you could use "Search this Thread", and I'm sure you'll find some discussion on compost.
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Re: Anyone have a hotbin?

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Perhaps this question needs to be in the gardening thread.
https://www.englishforum.ch/housing-...ng-thread.html

There, you could use "Search this Thread", and I'm sure you'll find some discussion on compost.
Thanks, but.....

It’s a specific type of composting device. I searched the forum for “hotbin”, found nothing and didn’t want to bury it in the diverse gardening thread.
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Re: Anyone have a hotbin?

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ETA - looks like they’ve suspended order fulfillment because of the virus.
Are you sure? Their landing page is offering a 15% discount (code GIARDINA2020) and you can ‘add to the shopping cart’.

I bought one two weeks ago and it was delivered by DHL in two days. Too early to say how it will work but temperatures are coming up as I slowly add to the hotbin.
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Re: Anyone have a hotbin?

DIY!
https://www.bhg.com/gardening/yard/c...y-compost-bin/
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Re: Anyone have a hotbin?

I have 9 compost bins on the go all the time- but I have space and wait 2 years before emptying- I use about 2 each year. What I wonder with the hotbins, is what happens to all the kritters- it must be a totally different process.

My compost is always full of tiger and other earth worms and cetonia bettle larvea and other insects that could not survive 60C temps. Interesting-thanks. Might try one one day if I find a special offer at a more affordable price.
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Re: Anyone have a hotbin?

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This is not a bad thing...
Brandling worms survive in the cooler base layer but are unable to survive the hot upper layer so you may see them escaping.
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Re: Anyone have a hotbin?

Thanks ... Interesting as in my 'normal' bins (the 3 very large octogonal insulated ones with separable sections came with our move 11 years ago- 10 quid from Leicestershire Council about 20+ years ago...) the worms go up to the surface as and when the lower layers are composted, looking for fresh material. So I always lift the top with the worms to place in another bin when I empty).

If anyone sees a good offer for a Hotbin- I'd give it a go.

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Re: Anyone have a hotbin?

Yeah, that's for a regular composting bin. The hotbin is attractive to me because it takes everything and it requires less attention with a smaller footprint. I have a rather large terrace, but nothing else.
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Re: Anyone have a hotbin?

I just ordered one - they got back to me and said they have stock in Switzerland and they are available for delivery.
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I just ordered one - they got back to me and said they have stock in Switzerland and they are available for delivery.
Can you give the link?
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Re: Anyone have a hotbin?

I read this as "Any one have a goblin".

Colour me both disappointed and a tad embarrassed...
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Re: Anyone have a hotbin?

So practically speaking.. It takes a year to start producing compost? So you are just using it as a food waste container until then?

I'd like to start composting waste as we have quite a lot, i was actually thinking about building one in a corner of the garden .. But it seems like a really long wait for anything to happen.. Then what to do with it?? Most of our garden is grass.
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Re: Anyone have a hotbin?

The advice for garden compost, is to never ever put cooked food, meat, bones, fish, etc, etc- as it will attract vermin (rats mainly) - and the key with garden composting is to understand how to make layers that will compost quickly- in short, brown (small branches, wet corrugated cardboard, leaves, etc) and green, fresh lawn mowings or green leaves, etc. Many people just put mowings and end up with a horrible, smelly, yukky, goooy mess that will never compost anyhow. The base starter is broken small branches, so air can get to the upper parts, and soon all sorts of kritters will come and join + help- beetles, earwigs, earthworms (actually a good idea to get worms to add to compost)- it then takes about 2 years. All weeds are placed in a thick plastic bag, tied and left in a hidden corner for at least one year, so not to multiply them. I am lucky to have access to all the horse manure I desire - to use as layers regularly and accelerate the process.

A hotbin is totally different and an enclosed circuit- and you can put cooked food, meat, fish, etc. Kritters can't get access. So a very different method altogether.

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Re: Anyone have a hotbin?

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So practically speaking.. It takes a year to start producing compost? So you are just using it as a food waste container until then?

I'd like to start composting waste as we have quite a lot, i was actually thinking about building one in a corner of the garden .. But it seems like a really long wait for anything to happen.. Then what to do with it?? Most of our garden is grass.
I believe that‘s for regular compost. Hotbin is 90 days. Maybe. This is more appropriate for me.
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Re: Anyone have a hotbin?

If you don't get on with it, for some reason, I'll buy it off you...
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Re: Anyone have a hotbin?

According to the sellers, you can even put animal poo in the hotbin. That is once it gets to temperature.
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Re: Anyone have a hotbin?

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I’m not sure you’d want to pick it up. I rather think I’ll like it.

@bowlie - I’m looking forward to feeding it shredded paper.
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I’m not sure you’d want to pick it up. I rather think I’ll like it.

@bowlie - I’m looking forward to feeding it shredded paper.
That is a bit of a bonus, our déchetterie hates shredded paper. And much more secure too, after adding the cat shit!
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Re: Anyone have a hotbin?

I a have a worm farm.
The hotbin looks like a regular composter, but more enclosed with a thermometer?
I am interested as to how you get on. Aeration may be a factor to keep the smell down. The thermophilic bacteria will thrive in the warmer environment and these are used in biogas plants with excrement of all kinds.
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