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  • anwalfar
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    Apparently I've been using the wrong gauge and every time my bin was nearly reaching 40c, I've taken steps to reduce it because I was reading the outer one which was over 90. And yet, it was smoking this morning at less than 40c. I've only used the internal thermometer once and it gave the same reading as external one. It was over 90F but that means less than 40c and yet the glass steamed up.

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  • Christopher Whitmey
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    The other benefit I've found by taking the filter out is far less leachate. I've not found any smells arise. Mine is in a 8x6 greenhouse and would notice! Also above Bullshyre said,
    Once the HotBin is up to temperature any odour present is negligible.
    As to rats mine is on a concrete paving slab base in the greenhouse. We put all kitchen waste in including bones. These don't disintergrate: just come out very clean!
    Last edited by Christopher Whitmey; 05-31-2016, 10:01 AM.

  • whitebobd
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    I've been getting nowhere since this Christmas present arrived. Seldom got to 30 C. Took out the filter day before yesterday and it immediately rocketed to 65 C. Terrified it will drag the dog in and eat her.

    So what can go wrong? It will start to smell back (only niffy when lid opened at the moment) and neighbours will complain? It will attract rats? We don't put food in - the chickens eat leftovers - just greenery form the kitchen plus a few bits of grass clippings.

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  • Penellype
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    Thanks, that's great - I will give it a go.

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  • Bullshyre
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    It really is very easy, the filter is designed to be removed. Have a look at this link: https://youtu.be/nxX1lMoKqxI.
    As you will already have your filter fitted just remember to remove the lid thermometer first. Everything after that is as per the video. Hope it helps.

    Update: Unfortunately the link to the video now fails. It would appear the video has been removed by the original owner.
    Last edited by Bullshyre; 05-31-2016, 01:11 PM. Reason: Video Link Failure

  • Penellype
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    This is very interesting. My hotbin is currently running at about 20C and I thought I might have a look at the filter, but I can't see any way of getting it out. Can you tell me (in easy steps for someone who is a DIY disaster area) how to get it out without breaking the hotbin lid?

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  • Bullshyre
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    Results with no carbon filter fitted so far............

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  • Christopher Whitmey
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    Mmmm... I wonder why only 20-30C. I'll let you know how I get on without the filter.

    05-31-2016 Belated update ! Temperature now where it should be. Also much less leachate - virtually nil. No noticeable smell - other than compost.
    Last edited by Christopher Whitmey; 05-31-2016, 09:57 AM.

  • Bullshyre
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    My internal temperature was only ever between 20-30C and only reached 40C with the hot water bottle in place. Since removing the filter my HotBin at times reaches 65-70C which can be too hot......Never thought I'd say that considering all the issues I've had to date😁.

  • Christopher Whitmey
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    Thanks Bullshyre, I'll try that. When I commented above (12-01-2015) about lid v internal thermometers I meant to add two pictures I'd taken. The white marker on the internal one is a plastic plant label with a hole in it that is slid up the probe. This is set at 50oC and with steam and wet makes for a quick read.

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  • Bullshyre
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    Update!!....Success!!....So here's what worked for me and completely by accident. I decided to give up with the HotBin after 2 years of struggling and failing to reach the recommended temperatures despite meticulously following all advice and guidance. The HotBin had been left for weeks with no attention and one evening I decided to remove the carbon filter for cleaning, whilst there I added some fresh waste and left the filter out to dry. I then returned the next day to replace the filter, to my surprise the HotBin was now raging at 60-65C. I contacted HotBin and explained the situation. HotBin sent me a new filter and internal thermometer and requested I send the old filter to them for testing. I left the HotBin for a few days and continued to be more than impressed at how hot the bin had become. I then fitted the new filter and watched as the temperature slowly decreased over a number of days down to 35c despite adding waste and following all the previous advice. I then decided to remove the carbon filter and within a matter of hours the HotBin was raging again. I have tried every valve setting possible with the carbon filter fitted but only achieve the best temperatures without. My advice is to try without the carbon filter. Once the HotBin is up to temperature any odour present is negligible. I hope this helps some of the more frustrated owners of the HotBin..... Give it a go!!
    Last edited by Bullshyre; 01-11-2016, 09:04 PM.

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  • Christopher Whitmey
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    Clarifies that readings are on the lid thermometer, not in an inserted thermometer.
    does it? Granted the picture at 24°C looks like a lid one. But posts further down show the critical 40 to 60°C is taken from the inserted one.
    Last edited by Christopher Whitmey; 12-01-2015, 02:02 PM. Reason: Trying to get closing quote mark!

  • WiseOldBloak
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    Hi Shoji, have you tried these recommendations I added to the top tips topic - http://forum.hotbincomposting.com/fo...he-temperature

  • shoji@ipso.ws
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    Hello,

    I have been using a Hotbin for 8 months, and the temperature (inside) has never reached 40C. I opened the bottom door this summer, hoping to harvest some nice compost, but I was very disappointed to see still raw waste at the bottom of the bin. I took some photos and asked the HOTBIN for advice. They suggested I empty the bin and restart it. I did so, I would say, very methodically, particularly paying close attention to the air flow. Well, that was last July and the bin's temperature never went over 30C again. These days I put the kick starter every other day and do see the thermometer showing 30C, but without it, it goes down to 20 or even 10. So, Bullshyre, I am joining your club. I am sure I am not doing something right, but if a meticulous guy like myself cannot figure out the correct way, I have to wonder if this is worth my time.

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  • Andrew Ridsdale
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    Since emptying my hot bin - within two days I was up to 40 after a week i was at 70 and it has stayed at 70 degrees for a couple of weeks now. I'm finding that if I fully mix everything in a small bin or bucket that is left next to the bin before emptying it in to the hot bin ready mixed. It works much betterm. Also when you empty the hot bin mix a little bit of the new compost back in to the bin that s seems to do well.

    P.s I would also buy a second one if they don't cost so much and if I had the space. I think there brilliant. I love my hot bin
    Last edited by Andrew Ridsdale; 09-25-2015, 07:24 PM.

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