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doganjo

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Quick composting
« on: May 28, 2020, 06:00:17 pm »
Becasue I am very impatient and also becasue I love gadgets

I have bought a Mini Hotbin.

It cost £150, and is made out of recycled materials - it's like black expanded foam gone hard

Came with full instructions including a belt to stop it bursting it's belly  :innocent: and its own  hot water bottle in case it gets cold.  :excited:

It came with a bag of 'bulking agent' - which just looks like wood chips, but smells nice.

So as per the instructions, i put a layer of small twigs on the bottom and in my wheel barrow I mixed up garden waste (grass cuttings and grass and weeds pulled up from beside it), kitchen waste (bits of uncooked food, tea bags, coffee grounds etc). torn up carbboard and paper, and the wood chips - in the ratio suggested.

Dumped it all in the bin and went in for lunch.

An hour later and the temperature had risen from 60C to 80 C
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Fleecewife

  • Joined May 2010
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Re: Quick composting
« Reply #1 on: May 28, 2020, 06:36:23 pm »
That was quick!  This will be an interesting experiment.  The teabag bags are often plastic, so unless you know they are fully degradable, be prepared to fish them out of the finished compost.
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alang

  • Joined Nov 2017
  • Morayshire
Re: Quick composting
« Reply #2 on: May 28, 2020, 06:56:07 pm »
Been looking at these for the last 3 weeks. They seem to get great reviews as long as you set them up correctly at first. Certainly look like they produce nice compost and kill all the weed seeds. Wonder if they could help keep a greenhouse frost free in the winter?
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Womble

  • Joined Mar 2009
  • Stirlingshire, Central Scotland
Re: Quick composting
« Reply #3 on: May 28, 2020, 07:24:57 pm »
My Dad once made a hot box composter from a broken chest freezer. IIRC, it had an air inlet at one end and an exhaust at the other. Because it was an insulated box, it got really hot in there!  :o
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doganjo

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Re: Quick composting
« Reply #4 on: May 29, 2020, 02:34:14 pm »
Thanks, Juliet, I hadn't thought about tea bags.  I'll check the box and if they aren't compostible I'll empty them.
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arobwk

  • Joined Nov 2015
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Re: Quick composting
« Reply #5 on: June 05, 2020, 04:28:16 pm »
Just thinking aloud here:  even if certain teabags are not compostable, would they not provide a micro eco-sphere for various microbes to populate !??  Maybe a bit like a porous lump of charcoal would ???

While I have noticed that some teabags have not broken down in my "system", I have left them in the compost mix (right or wrong).

Fleecewife

  • Joined May 2010
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Re: Quick composting
« Reply #6 on: June 05, 2020, 04:46:19 pm »
I suppose it depends on your views of adding plastic to the environment.
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arobwk

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Re: Quick composting
« Reply #7 on: June 05, 2020, 05:09:24 pm »
And whether it's worth making best use of when already in the environment or whether better to dig them out (tea-bags say) in order to send it/them to land-fill or incineration regardless  ??? :-\ 


I dunno !  Life's micro-decisions are becoming so complicated  :)
« Last Edit: June 05, 2020, 07:28:52 pm by arobwk »

doganjo

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Re: Quick composting
« Reply #8 on: June 05, 2020, 08:46:47 pm »
Hotbox is doing fine, not quite reached temperature yet but admittedly it hasn't been the weather to put stuff in or check it.
Always have been, always will be, a WYSIWYG - black is black, white is white - no grey in my life! But I'm mellowing in my old age

 

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