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  • Caleb
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    I have this problem as well and I have just been digging away with a trowel when I open the bin and hoping eventually I will get the stuff at the back out. It is very compacted and clay like. I like to think I have got better at managing my bin. Chop everything up and mix with 1/2 that amount of paper and about 1/10 wood chip. It has a lot more air in it. Can get it up to 55 but sometimes when I add more it goes way down and I have to put the hot water bottle in. I have to say it gets up to temperature more easily when I add food waste and not just garden waste. I don't have a lawn so I don't have grass cuttings.

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  • Janet Vinnell
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    Yes, i have the same problem, seems to me that it needs to be exactly the right wetness/dampness, too dry and it doesnt get hot, too wet, and ends up with sludge, so i decided to add things the way i would do to my cold compost bins, which is working out well. I dont allow anyone else to put stuff into my hotbin because "they" dont understand the difference between good compost making and dumping!!

  • gardener
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    I also have this problem, I will try emptying the whole thing and then putting back what is only partly composted but what a pain! My other problem is the temperature it is usually between 30 - 40 and only gets to 60 in very hot weather, any suggestions.

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  • Blueskies
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    I have had this problem too. I have decided to try this method. Dig out the left side right to the back and leave the right side full to support the weight of the compost in the top of the bin. Will try an upturned rectangular bucket in the emptied left side to support the weight of the compost and then dig out the right side. Not sure if this will work but will give it a try and report back

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  • Geoff
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    I have the same problem and empty the top till I come to decomposed compost , I then empty it from the bottom and put the top partly composted material back in again which seems to defeat the object

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  • Penellype
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    Thanks - I think that may well be what I have to do. The main difficulty at the moment is space to put the compost while I am emptying the bin, but I'll think of something!

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  • Bogger
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    You are not alone. I also found that the stuff at the back became compacted so that I could not get new stuff in at the top. I asked the HotBin team but their advice didn't help, nor their 'surprise' that I had what I presumed a common problem. I have now solved the problem by unloading the bin and reloading it with mor bulking agent. Within 36 hours it had soared to an alarming 80c but has now come back to 65c and seems to be working well. I wish they could acknowledge this small problem. Re packing is neither onerous nor unpleasant. It took me about 15 mins.

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  • Penellype
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    Any tips for emptying the Hotbin?

    I find it quite difficult to empty the Hotbin, specifically the back part. I can dig out the bottom front section very easily into a skip, but the back gets more and more solid because I struggle to get it out. Often I find that the stuff above the front part falls down before I have cleared the back. Is there any technique to getting the compost out of the back without emptying the whole bin?
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