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  • GeoG
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    Very impressed so far- set up bin on Saturday. It is now Tuesday and it has reached 55 degrees already

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  • ForesterEd
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    You do seem to need vast quantities of paper and cardboard. It is certainly better if you shred it rather than just tear it up. Keeping my fingers croossed

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  • Salexander
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    I got into awful trouble this last winter with my hotbin. My own fault really. I was adding in mainly kitchen waste and no wood chip. It was working away nicely for quite a while and every now and then I would take a bit out from the base to improve the aeration of the bin. Last time I did that the top of the bin never heated up - the kitchen waste had just gone in to a gooey mess with no gaps for the air to get through. So I just cleaned the whole thing out and started again - put the gunge into a separate plastic bin. You need plastic gloves for this job.

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  • Kateeg
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    Are you having any more success? I'm still only three weeks into first try - it looks quite wet and in the week looked like it was going anaerobic but adding more shedded cardboard seems to have recovered it - though not sure what its like further down!

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  • ForesterEd
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    Originally posted by ForesterEd View Post
    I bought a hotbin last year and the results were very poor. Wet and not properly composted. Today I am giving it anothe chance and starting it off from scratch. I have just bought a shredder and will be blogging about it during the year
    I will be blogging today about this. 1 tip for you all, get rid of the straps that come with it and buy a bunjee strap. Easy to get on and off and works a treat

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  • ForesterEd
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    Starting from Scratch

    I bought a hotbin last year and the results were very poor. Wet and not properly composted. Today I am giving it anothe chance and starting it off from scratch. I have just bought a shredder and will be blogging about it during the year
    This site is built for the people of the Forest of Dean and for visitors to the Forest of Dean. Here you will see posts about our new life in the Forest of Dean and our new garden. In addition, we wanted to put something back into the community here have created a free directory for any local business.
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