Hello and welcome to The Compost Bin. I'm Compostwoman and I live with my family in rural Herefordshire. We have nearly four acres of garden and woodland, all managed organically and to Permaculture principles, which we share with Chickens, Cats and assorted wildlife. We also grow a lot of our own food, run courses in all sorts of things and make a lot of compost!

I am a Master Composter and have spent more than a decade as a volunteer Community Compost adviser with Garden Organic and my local Council.
I'm a self employed Environmental Educator so I run workshops and events where I talk about compost, veg growing, chicken keeping, cooking, preserving and sustainable living. I also run crafts workshops and Forest School/outdoor play sessions in our wood.

We try to live a more self sufficient lifestyle here, as best we can, while still having a comfortable life and lots of fun.

To learn more about us click on the About Compostwoman tab and remember to click on the photos to make them full size!

Thursday 12 July 2012

HotBin Trial Day 5 and 6 - with added Dalek!

Day 5, Tues 10th July 2012

12 pm
Ambient Temp 22 C

Hotbin had to be refilled to the brim as it had slumped to less than a quarter full and the internal temp has begun to drop rapidly to  less than 40 C - so I filled it up to the top with a mixture of weeds, grass and card, with a few handfuls of wood chips as bulking agent.

Found a slight issue when I tried to close the lid - if any debris gets on the flat surface...

The lid wont shut!

Easily fixed, though - just clear the debris away :-)

Dalek has slumped by 45 cm from the initial max fill level.

Internal temp in middle of surface layer 56 C - still working on initial charge of material.

Lots of steam.

Day 6
Wed 11 July 2012

Ambient Temp 18 C

Hotbin  has begun to warm up already. Level has significantly decreased since the refill yesterday/



Internal temp using probe, as before, in middle of surface - 46 C
Lid Temp 35 C


Internal Temp in middle of surface layer 60 C
Internal temp at edge of surface layer 50 C

 Material slumped down by 50 cm from initial fill level.
Steaming and bin feels warm to touch from outside


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