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    Just emptied our hotbin - the first time; so it had at least 6 months of 'stuff' in it.

    It was, effectively one solid mass of sewage.

    Yes, it's used for a lot of dog poop (3 canines worth), plus some kitchen waste and lots of paper/cardboard shreds and the bark.

    Has anyone had any success including dog poop in the bin - we've hovered around 20C for much of the time, even when ambient temps were in the mid-20s and also around zero - so some
    activity was maintained.

    It looks as though a very high proportion of paper is needed, or I find an interim that allows the poop to air dry before it's added.

    Any thoughts - it's otherwise been reasonable, except the lid keeps flipping in the wind - there ought to be a fastener of some kind perhaps?

    The hot water bottle is a bit awkward to use - I'd favour a metal prong to push in - either fill with boiling water or incorporate a solar powered heating element

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    I just opened my Hotbin hatch for the first time after about 8 months’ use. My results weren’t too great either and smelled like fresh manure, although I haven’t added any to the bin (apart from chicken manure pellets to get things nice and hot).

    I figure I must not have the technique right yet so I’m rereading the guidance to try to improve my results.

    Poop from 3 dogs sounds like a lot, especially if they are big dogs. What else are you putting into your Hotbin? It does sound like maybe you need to increase the amount of shredded paper. I think your temperatures ought to be above 40°C most of the time, or it’s a sign that something’s going wrong somewhere.

    Have you checked out this page?
    What to expect from your first batch of HOTBIN compost and understanding digestibility of waste.
    Last edited by Penguin; 05-24-2020, 10:22 AM. Reason: To add link to blog page