We have had our Hotbin for several years now & every scrap of food waste goes into it, so there is no food waste in our grey bin (with a few tiny exceptions – see more later). To keep it steaming (!) you also need to add dead leaves, grass cuttings and ripped up cardboard, so it keeps some cardboard out of your recycling bin as well. The more bulking agent you add, the hotter you can get it, and it’s quite fun seeing just how hot you can get it inside. There is a thermometer in the lid to tell you the temperature and even during the winter it is at about 30 – 35 degrees. I have found that if you put in the following things they come out the bottom unchanged: corks, lolly sticks, avocado stones, so they go in the grey bin now. Bones can go in the Hotbin, and whole chicken or duck carcasses, you just have to pick the bigger bones out of the compost when it comes out the bottom. It is absolutely full of fat pink worms, which is a very good sign and they do most of the work in breaking down the food, the lid fits very snugly, so you don’t get any flies going in or coming out of the lid. We have never had any creatures try to bite a hole in it, as the casing is very thick polystyrene. There are a few tiny white flies which come out of the bottom, but a jenny wren comes about 4 or 5 times a day to hoover them up, so that is actually an added bonus. It doesn’t make amazing compost really quickly, but we have had ours quite a while now and the stuff that comes out of the bottom is just like very crumbly brown earth with a lot of egg shells in – we probably should crush these up before we put them in, but it is quite fun squashing them when they come out with the compost, and then they are really good at keeping the slugs away too. We bought the standard version, which was less expensive than the Hotbin Extra and probably doesn’t have as many features. I’d like to know if there is a version where you can use the heat generated to power something like your outdoor lights or a hot tub!
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