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  • #16
    I've had my HB for 2 years and am very pleased with it - my wife would say "obsessed"! Emptying is the biggest problem and my technique has been to lay it on its side. However when I stood it back up this morning so the top half of the compost could drop down the bin split into 2 parts top to bottom! I think it's repairable with the right glue but I don't think it's designed to be moved regularly. To empty in future I'll have to leave it in situ and use one of the other creative solutions than have been suggested.

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    • #17
      I have recently emptied my HotBin for the first time (really good mulching-type compost, VERY happy with that result) but I only dug out the middle, all the way to the back and left the very base layer and both sides in place. I expected the top layers to collapse into the base (it sort of started to collapse as I was emptying it, which is why I stopped when I did) but it hasn't, really. Short of trying sjmawson's impressive idea (which I would, if I wasn't only 5'2" and in my 60's), should I push the un-composted layers down from the top (as seems to me that would destroy the hot core)? I would be grateful for any advice.

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