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Hotbin Composter - Hot Compost Bin 200 Litres


In a nutshell....

The Hotbin composter is a hot compost bin that works over 30 times faster than a regular compost bin. It heats your household and garden waste up to 60 degrees Celsius. Create your own compost in only 30-90 days. Capacity: 200 Litres. Mark 2 Version

Insulated Hot Compost Bins - Mark 2 Version

Hotbin composters work much faster at breaking down your food and garden waste by heating them up to 60°c. This extra heat enables you to compost 32 times faster than regular cold composters and have a rich, useable compost somewhere between 30 to 90 days. It works so fast and thoroughly that turning or mixing the compost is not required.
These bins have a large 200 Litre capacity but still take up the same space as a normal wheelie bin, they are well insulated and contain foul odours, eliminating pests. They work all year round and will compost all of your food and garden waste even in the winter months when traditional composters stop working.

New Features

The Hotbin now includes a leachate collection system. Leachate is the liquid run off from the natural composting process, and can itself be used as a liuid fertiliser. In the old hotbins. this liquid would just pool on the floor of the compost bin, in this new model the leachate is funnelled towards the drainage cap where it can be drained via the tap and used as needed.
The lid has been redesigned to now include a raised step around the top edge of the bin, this locks together like a tongue and groove joint when the lid is closed. This extra security keeps the lid closed firmly and prevents any water from seeping in during heavy rainfall. The protruding hinge has now been removed from the lid and instead built into the hotbin so that it is now perfectly square and the aeration mesh can now be slotted into the bin's base.
Comes with all necessary composting accessories.


  • Lid Thermometer
  • Cam Straps
  • Kick-Start Bottle
  • Internal Thermometer
  • Raking Stick
  • Bulking Agent

Dimensions: 114.5cm x 55cm x 55cm
Capacity: 200 Litres

Write a Review
Colin P.
June 26th, 2020
Very well insulated only took few days to deliver, happy customer.
Dave Kelvin
February 14th, 2020
Kat Lennon
February 14th, 2020
The van arrived with it very quickly and your driver was good enough to set it up in my shed around the back, thank you and thanks drive er. I will order again.
Trisha Henry
January 31st, 2020
For free shipping I wasn't expecting it so soon. Very tidy composter, sits well outside. Just playing the waiting game now with the compost.
Mary Anderson
January 17th, 2020
I just got this through your newsletter, glad I took the chance can't believe it arrived already. Iam a very happy composter hahahaha
January 17th, 2020
Chloe Foy
January 17th, 2020
Best bin I've had as no smell. I used to shoot the rats on my old heap with the pellet gun I suppose I'll miss that now.
Antony Mac Farlane
December 04th, 2019
Should have got one of these years ago. Really efficient and easy to use. Andrew was a great help in talking me through how to get it working
October 11th, 2019
Michael Brayden
October 10th, 2019
Very happy with this purchase. I had some issues at the start in getting the mix right but was helped by Niall and his team with great patience until I got going. Very happy with the product, excellent customer service.
August 16th, 2017
Have not had this Composter long enough for a meaningful review. It seems however that it may not stand up to unprotected exposure to severe weather unless protected by nearby walls or sturdy fences of some kind.
Helen OBrien
April 23rd, 2017
Having struggled making compost in the past I bought a Hotbin just before St Patrick's Day. I have a few hens and so with droppings and the bark mulch I use in the run to add to green garden and household waste it's a perfect balance. Very very easy to use, clean and compact. It seems to be at 70deg most of the time so looking forward to great compost!
MareeMac Hale
April 13th, 2017
I am delighted with my hotbin and also the prompt delivery from Quickcrop. The instructions for using the bin were clear and I'm confident it will work very well. I'm also sure if I encounter any problems I can contact Quickcrop for advice.
September 23rd, 2016
Only started using it but so far its taken all my vegetable and fruit waste and I have torn up papers to keep it dry instructions very clear easy to understand and follow. I will know more in a few months happy to let you know then
Ask a Question
Asked By Judith Langfield
on September 10th, 2021
I've had the Hotbin for several weeks now and have only been putting in fruit and vegetable peelings as easily digestible (along with shredded paper and your wood chips) but we have no lawn so no grass cuttings. We can only manage one caddy a week of kitchen waste of peelings and the temperature is staying about 25C and there is mould developing. Can I start adding medium digestible waste to get it the level up to the top of the base layer?
Answered by Niall
on September 13th, 2021
Hi Judith Yes you can. Make sure to move the material around with the prong provided when you add this in and try and get some of it in to the centre Niall Quickcrop
Asked By Judith Langfield
on July 26th, 2021
When removing the compost from the bottom of the bin, does the flap open out just on the level, or can it open out lower than that, or can it be removed? The area where I propose placing it has a step and I could place the bin next to the step. If the flap could be removed, it means that I could place a container below the bin and just scoop the compost out into it.
Answered by Carmel
on July 26th, 2021
Hi Judith, it is a good idea to place it on a raised step/platform so you can put the container below. The flap opens towards the bottom of the front, rather than underneath. I can't add a picture here but you can see what I mean in the 4th image above. Hope this helps. Carmel Quickcrop
Asked By Seamus
on February 25th, 2021
Niall, my hotbin arrived today thanks. I want to get a good start so I would like your specific advice on what to add and when. My main sources will be : soiled rabbit hay bedding; orange peels and vegetable/fruit peelings. Based on this, what proportion of each should be added and how often ? Otherwise should I wait until outside temperature improves and other sources like grass clippings or leaves become more readily available?
Answered by Niall
on February 26th, 2021
Hi Seamus This is a perfect time of year to start it. If you email me in directly on quickcrop@gmail.com i will arrange to send you a user manual. Essentially you want to try and layer it when filling. So put in kitchen waste then the rabbit/carbon waste then the grass waste. If you continue to do this the whole way down it will heat up quickly for you Niall Quickcrop
Asked By Noreen Horan
on February 20th, 2021
Hi I would like to buy a composter as I am a gardener and we have alot of house hold waste but I don't want to attract any rodents, how do I do this?
Answered by Niall
on February 22nd, 2021
Hi Noreen As the Hotbin is totally sealed it won't allow any rodents in. However if you want to be 100% sure you have no issues with Rodents the Joraform is guaranteed rodent proof. It is metal and is on a frame raised off the ground so absolutely no way can rodents get in Niall Quickcrop
Asked By Amy Judge
on February 18th, 2021
Hi, if you had to pick between the hotbin and the little pig in terms of performance and quality of compost produced, which composter would you choose? I want to compost all food waste (cooked and raw) as well as garden waste, and my garden is large. Ideally I would like to be able to compost perennial weeds too, but maybe that’s a bad idea?
Answered by Niall
on February 18th, 2021
Hi Amy To be honest the Joraform. The Hotbins are great but only the centre of them get up to the level of temperature required to break down perennial weeds etc. The Hotbins work really well however you have to get your layering right to make sure the heat builds up. The Joraform you just chuck in your scraps, garden waste etc and give it a turn. It does the rest for you. Plus it will handle a lot more volume over time Niall Quickcrop
Asked By Seamus greene
on February 13th, 2021
I am considering to purchase the 200lit hot bin. The main solids source would be soiled bedding (straw) from 2 pet rabbits. Would this be suitable and if so, what would I need to mix in to make the compost efficiently?
Answered by Niall
on February 15th, 2021
Hi Seamus That is a perfect for the carbon mix as it has manure and carbon straw in it so great stuff. Along with this you should add your food kitchen waste (cooked and uncooked is fine) and garden waste. Grass clipping, weeds, general garden waste from plants veg etc Niall Quickcrop
Asked By Mary FitzGerald
on October 21st, 2020
Can we compost those compostable coffee cups and lids I these hot bins?
Answered by Niall
on October 22nd, 2020
Hi Mary The cups yes. However it is best to tear them up before putting them in. But the lids will take to long to break down and you would have to put them through the Hotbin 2 or 3 times before they break down Niall Quickcrop
Asked By Carlos
on October 16th, 2020
What happends when we ran out of the bulking material? What would be the ideal alternative? Also, we having issues with the temperature. After a month is stuck at 30-35 degrees and we have lots of flies and larvae, is that normal? Thank you.
Answered by Niall
on October 19th, 2020
Hi Carlos You can use standard bark mulch which you can buy in all garden centres or on our website. If you email in to our customer service through the website they will send you on a full users manual which will help you get the heat up in your Hotbin. It is easy to do Niall Quickcrop
Asked By keith dempsey
on September 13th, 2020
Hi where can I buy bulking agent for hotbin
Answered by Niall
on September 14th, 2020
Hi Keith A standard bag of small chip bark mulch will do exactly the same. You can get this on our website or in any good garden centre Niall Quickcrop
Asked By Will
on July 11th, 2020
Hi I have my hit in a few weeks now and it as reached the desired temperature I have set it up as per instructions but I have juices coming out from around the the gap of the opening we’re the cam straps go at and it’s also coming from the air outlet at the bottom I have emptied the outlet we’re the juices are supposed to be collected but I still have this problem and flies are become a nightmare I have tightened the cam straps as tight as they go But still no joy can you advise please thanks Will
Answered by Andrew
on July 13th, 2020
Hi Will. It sounds like the material you are adding to the hotbin is a little wet. I would add some shredded paper and cardboard to the mix of contents to help dry the mixture out. I hope this helps. Andrew
Asked By annette
on June 27th, 2020
Hi normally with compost bins you need at least 2 dont you -one to fill and one doing its job .as the hot bin works so quickly would you say that 1 is sufficient ( given that it would be quite expensive to purchase more than 1)
Answered by Andrew
on June 29th, 2020
Hi Annette. Yes, for a normal size household I would suggest a single Horbin would be sufficient.
Asked By Karen Kneller
on June 18th, 2020
Can you put chopped up prickly prunings in the bin such as rose stems,blackberry stems, hawthorn, Berberis and holly leaves. If so will it take longer to compost.
Answered by Niall
on June 19th, 2020
Hi Karen The more cut up the stems etc and leaves the quicker it will compost and yes they can go in to the Hotbin no problem Niall Quickcrop
Asked By Sandra
on June 18th, 2020
Hi. I sent a question yesterday and got an email to say there was an answer on the Questions page but there is nothing there. Could you repost the answer? Thanks
Answered by Niall
on June 18th, 2020
Hi Sandra You may have looked to soon as it takes about an hour for the question and answer to be live but they are there now Niall Quickcrop
Asked By Sandra
on June 17th, 2020
Is the hotbin composter suitable for a small garden with no lawn or grass, just a veg bed and some shrubs? We would be using the bin for kitchen waste (not cooked food), newspaper, weeds and occasional prunings from the hedge and shrubs. There are only 2 of us but we have a mainly vegetarian diet. I used to compost in a traditional bin when we had a lawn but it took forever to break down. With the hot bin, could we add kitchen waste every day or does everything have to go in at the same time? Thanks
Answered by Niall
on June 17th, 2020
Hi Sandra Yes it will work very well for you and you can add daily. You can also add cooked food however it is best to have a good source of brown waste as well such as the torn up cardboard and paper or leaves, sawdust etc Other than that it will work very well in a small garden environment Niall Quickcrop
Asked By Clara Cleere
on May 22nd, 2020
I have just put in an order for your hotline. However a second look at the picture does not seem to show the upgrade model with the drainage funnel to let off excess liquid from the bottom of the bin. Is this an oversight as you mention in the blurb as your bins now have all the improvements.
Answered by Andrew
on May 22nd, 2020
Hi Clara My apologies, we are using an old image on the site which I need to correct. All our Hotbins are the new model with the upgrades mentioned.
Asked By Karen Wiseman
on May 02nd, 2020
Hi Niall What's your current delivery time on a hotbin? I've been wanting to invest in one for ages. Also what can be used during the winter instead of grass clippings? We produce plenty of food waste and have waste paper _ I'm just worried about what we will use during the time when the lawn isn't being mowed. We have a beech hedge so we have plenty of dead leaves. Can they be substituted?
Answered by Niall
on May 02nd, 2020
Hi Karen Delivery time at present is 5/6 days from day or order. During the winter using kitchen waste, leaves etc and cardboard and paper is fine Niall Quickcrop
Asked By Jane Doran
on April 27th, 2020
I would like to purchase a hotbin composter. I live in Dublin. What is approx delivery time?
Answered by Niall
on April 27th, 2020
Hi Jane 4/5 working days for delivery from time of order Niall Ecofox
Asked By Kit
on April 21st, 2020
Hi - do you have to fill the bin then leave it untouched for the process to work or can you keep adding kitchen/garden waste as you go?
Answered by Niall
on April 21st, 2020
Hi Kit No you can keep adding you just need to make sure to add to it generally in layers to keep the heat working. This is all explained in the instructions but very easy to work it Niall Quickcrop
Asked By Ann Haccius
on April 20th, 2020
I have had my Hotbin since mid-February, and have diligently followed the instructions, gradually building up the material (kitchen waste, torn paper and the additive which came with the bin, as well as the odd dead bunch of flowers. I also used the heat bottle two or three times to encourage it to warm up. The 'compost' is up to the level mentioned, but it is still struggling to reach 30c and it is now over 2 months since I began. I haven't added any cooked food as it hadn't reached the right heat. Can you suggest what might be wrong? Many thanks
Answered by Niall
on April 20th, 2020
Hi Ann Lack of nitrogen in the mix is usually the issue. If you have any grass clippings add in a good bit of these but you may need to empty some of the contents to make sure you get the grass down in to the mix. Once the heat starts to build you will be away Niall Quickcrop
Asked By Elizabeth Hamilton.
on April 11th, 2020
When I open my hotbin Composter a million + swarming 'insects' erupt...its horrendous!🙉😩 have to close lid immediately to stop being suffocated as they fly out in droves!I can only compare this phenomenon with the flies that used to come off Lough Neagh in Co.Antrim in the month of April/May! Apart from adding cardboard, shredded paper etc would the casing of beech 'nuts' from my big old beech tree be any good for composting.( I confess I got very lackadaisical about the whole process during winter months and was just throwing in fruit and vegetable waste. Thankyou. Keep well and best wishes and regards to all of you at Quickcrop in these most challenging times of huge health uncertainty.
Answered by Niall
on April 12th, 2020
Hi Elizabeth If you get heat built up in the unit it will sort this out for quickly. The way to do this is to layer it over the next week or to. So a layer of kitchen waste. A layer of garden waste (grass preferably) and a layer of carbon waste. Cardboard, shredded up paper etc. Very quickly heat will build in the unit and all will be well in the world again NIall Quickcrop
Asked By RH
on March 09th, 2020
I'm having trouble with fruit flies developing in my hot bin - what can I do to get rid of the little buggers!
Answered by Niall
on March 09th, 2020
The fruit flies will disappear once you get the temperature up to 60 plus degrees which is very achievable if you keep adding the right mix. That said the fruit flies is a good sign of strong life in the mix and they will definately go away now that temperatures are rising and your mix's temp. will also start to rise more Niall Quickcrop
Asked By David
on March 08th, 2020
Would it ever be possible for the bin to spontaneously combust?! Just wondering, as the temperature can get so high.
Answered by Niall
on March 09th, 2020
Hi David We sell over 500 of these units a year and Hotbin in the 10's of thousands and this has never happened as the units are very strong and fully sealed. Niall Quickcrop
Asked By Anne
on February 27th, 2020
Is this completely rodent proof?
Answered by Niall
on February 28th, 2020
Hi Anne It is fully sealed so nothing can get in. We have not had any instances of Rodents getting in. We did have one customer who had the lid eaten in to by a very large Grey crow last year but other than that we have over 3,000 of them sold with no rodent issues Niall Quickcrop
Asked By C. Obv
on January 24th, 2020
Is this basically a 300 euro styrofoam bin?
Answered by Niall
on January 26th, 2020
You could say that however it has a built in thermometer and comes with instructions and a compost starter pack along with a hatch in the base for removing the compost and a prong for mixing the compost. They are very effective composters and undoubtably one of the best composters on the market. It has won all sorts of awards in the last 2 years including at Chelsea. But yes it is a Styrafoam box Niall Quickcrop
Asked By Rosaleen Killian
on December 31st, 2019
i got my hotbin during the cold spell and the temperature has hovered at about 60 or a little above. should i stop adding material to get the temperature up to 80 (per the instructions) and just wait or keep adding and mixing material in? I have added the hotwater bottle per the instructions but no real improvement in the temperature achieved.
Answered by Niall
on January 02nd, 2020
Hi Rosaleen At 60 degrees the composting process will be working although it is better once it gets above 70 degrees. With temperatures at the moment being moderate enough for this time of year i would give it a mix around and keep adding. If you had some nitrogen based material (grass clippings, weeds etc) it will kick off the heat faster Niall Quickcrop
Asked By Caroline
on September 10th, 2019
Is the hot bin easy to use? We want to start using a compost bin, would this one be the easiest to use? Which size would be most suitable for a family of 2 adults and 2 children?
Answered by Niall
on September 10th, 2019
Hi Caroline The hotbin is very easy to use and is perfect for a family of 2 adults and 2 kids however if you have a large garden with a decent amount of garden waste as well, it might be worth looking at the Joraform JK125 instead. It is more expensive however it will go through a lot more compost in a year Niall Quickcrop
Asked By Henry
on August 15th, 2019
Can cooked chicken bones be put in the hotbin
Answered by Niall
on August 16th, 2019
Yes Henry however try and keep it to the smaller ones. Not really the full carcass. Niall Quickcrop
Asked By M Eacrett
on July 18th, 2019
Hi. Due to the pound sterling being more favourable to purchases in Ireland the conversion rate seems to be high on this product. Can you give me a current price on the mini Hot Bin. Thank you
Answered by Niall
on July 18th, 2019
The pricing includes our transport charges for bringing these units in to Ireland. That said it is £175 on our UK website and can be bought there as well. So €195 on our Irish site is very much the selling price at the moment. Sorry i can't offer it at a better price than this for now. The prices may come down in the next month or so however with Brexit they may also go up further. Hard to know Regards Niall Quickcrop
Asked By M Daly
on June 19th, 2019
Can ivy clippings be put in the hotbin? Would that be suitable as bulking agent. We have a lot of ivy coming in from neighboring garden.
Answered by Niall
on June 20th, 2019
It can indeed but i wouldn't put to much in at any one time and if you can cut it up a bit before putting it in it will break down and help the mix a lot better Niall Quickcrop
Asked By Samantha Rodgers
on May 07th, 2019
When will the Hot in composters be back in stock?
Answered by Niall
on May 08th, 2019
Hi Samantha The manufacturers can't keep up with demand so i am afraid it will be the end of May before we have them back in stock Regards Niall Quickcrop
Asked By Tom
on April 14th, 2019
Is the bin suitable for Irish weather e.g. plenty of rain?
Answered by Niall
on April 15th, 2019
Hi Tom It sure is. We sell mountains of these units in Ireland and i have been using one in the West of Ireland for 7 years and it still looks the same as the day it went in the garden Niall Quickcrop
Asked By Laura Halligan
on March 23rd, 2019
Hi, just wanted to check if this bin would deal with a smallish lawn waste? Maybe about 1/3 of a acre cut approx once a week? As well as a family of four food waste
Answered by Niall
on March 25th, 2019
Hi Laura The hotbin loves lawn cuttings just be careful when adding that you add some brown waste at the same time such as shredded newspaper or cardboard as you don't want the unit getting to wet or the heat won't build up in it Regards Niall Quickcrop
Asked By Ann Weafer
on February 20th, 2019
Does the Hotbin need to be in a sunny spot? Will it work less efficiently if it is in the shade? Thanks.
Answered by Megan
on February 20th, 2019
Hi Anne - no the Hotbin does not need to be in a sunny spot as it is actually all of the micro-organisms working to break everything down that creates the heat. Thanks, Meg - Quickcrop
Asked By Ann
on February 13th, 2019
Hi, we currently burn turf in our wood-burning stove. I know that wood-ash is ok for the garden, but is turf-ash? Not briquettes. If so, can I put it in a composter, or directly on the ground?
Answered by Megan
on February 13th, 2019
Hi Ann - you can of course put organic turf ash in your composter, though we would recommend a low enough proportion of it, around 10%. You can also spread straight on the ground if you like, it works best near fruit trees. Thanks, Meg - Quickcrop
Asked By Sue
on November 29th, 2018
how long does the styrofoam last - doesn't appear to be a very robust material for this?
Answered by Niall
on November 29th, 2018
Hi Sue We have been selling Hotbins now for over 6 years with no issues. Once you don't hit it with the side of a spade or something worse there is no reason why it won't last for 15/20 years comfortably. It is sealed against weather damage. Niall Quickcrop
Asked By Michael
on November 08th, 2018
Another question on pesky rats and food waste! Other compost bins have no bottom so as to allow worms work their way up thru the soil...On this type, is the bottom sealed also or could a rat burrw up?
Answered by Niall
on November 08th, 2018
Hi Michael The unit is completely sealed so no way for vermin of any type to get in. With the heat that the Hotbin produces worms won't survive in it anyway Regards Niall Quickcrop
Asked By David Maxwell
on September 28th, 2018
Hi, I have had a hotbin since early in the summer and it us great. I recently had my first load of compost out if it. On some occasions the temp got up to over 70°c. My question is: I have a lot of unused bird food, seeds, peanuts etc. I stopped feeding the bird when the rats appeared to eat the left overs. Can I put this stuff in the hotbin, it stinks?
Answered by Niall
on October 02nd, 2018
Hi David I am glad the Hotbin is working out well for you. Yes you can add this in. Due to the fact that the hotbin gets up to 70 degrees it will break this down nicely for you however you just have to make sure to mix the centre of it around every few weeks just to make sure that not just the central area of the compost is breaking down Regards Niall Quickcrop
Asked By Olivia
on September 03rd, 2018
How do you empty the compost out of the bin for use?
Answered by Niall
on September 03rd, 2018
Hi Olivia There is a removeable door at the bottom that you take off and remove the compost that is ready from the bottom Regards Niall Quickcrop
Asked By Barbara Butcher
on June 27th, 2018
Can you put mares tail, couch grass and dandelions into this hotbin ?
Answered by John
on June 28th, 2018
Hi, yes you can as the Hotbin reaches high enough temperatures, you can put any weeds into it
Asked By David Maxwell
on June 27th, 2018
Thank you for your reply regarding the ants. I'm new to the hotbin experience and I'd like to know how shredded the shredded has to be. I have an office shreddedr which turns the paper to confitti, is that too much? I usually just tear the paper up. Thanks, D.
Answered by John
on June 27th, 2018
That's exactly what we mean, your shredder will do the job perfectly, the smaller the paper the quicker it will break down. If you tear it up it will still be fine in the Hotbin but will take a bit longer
Asked By David Maxwell
on June 26th, 2018
I have just a hotbin delivered today and have started using it as per the instructions. I have barrel composter which I bought from you a few years ago. What I want to know is can I transfer the contents of the barrel in to the hotbin in one go or do I have to do it gradually ? The barrel seems to be infested with ants, is the hotbin hot enough to kill them off or do I have to discard the barrel stuff ? Thanks, David.
Answered by John
on June 27th, 2018
Hi, the Hotbin's max temperature is about 60 degrees celsius, this temperature will kill most species of ant so you should be okay unless your composter is infested with some very specific breeds of desert ants. You can transfer in as needed.
Asked By Aileen
on July 23rd, 2017
Hi can you list for me exactly what you can put into the hot bin composter? And what you can't?
Answered by Andrew
on July 24th, 2017
Hi Aileen. You can put all plant, meat or fish waste in the Hotbin, cooked or uncooked. You can also compost paper and card but I would avoid any full colour prints like magazines etc... as the ink can contain toxins.
Asked By Marian Furlong
on June 23rd, 2017
Can you please tell me what material the bin is made from. We have previously had problems with our homemade wooden composters because of rats eating through the wood. Do you think rats would eat the outer cover of the Hotbin you have for sale? Do you give a guarantee with this product?
Answered by Andrew
on June 23rd, 2017
Hi Marian. The Hotbin is made from a moulded foam, it is like a more dense version of expanded polystyrene packaging. I cannot guarantee rats would not attempt to gnaw through the foam but I would suggest it would be unlikely. If vermin are a problem in your garden a better option may be the Joraform compost bins which are raised off the ground and are made from galvanized steel panels. I would happily guarantee rats could not penetrate the Joraform bin.
Asked By Daniela
on June 11th, 2017
Does it need to be plugged in to electricity?
Answered by Andrew
on June 13th, 2017
Hi Daniela. No the unit creates its own heat through the compost so no need for electricity
Asked By Jane Knight
on May 26th, 2017
Could I put the contents of my cat litter tray in this unit safely? I use wood chip cat litter.
Answered by Andrew
on May 30th, 2017
You can of course Jane. Provided you don't take up to much of the contents of the Hotbin with just this product. The wood is the issue more than the cat waste as you don't want to much brown waste in the bin in comparison to kitchen and garden waste. You should have roughly one third brown waste. The litter you mention, cut up paper or cardboard etc
Asked By Marguerite Alexander
on May 24th, 2017
Is the hot bin dependent on earth worms? I don't have a single one in my ordinary compost bin probably due to the presence of New Zealand flatworm! Many thanks.
Answered by Andrew
on May 25th, 2017
No they don't need earth worms or compost worms as the heat in the compost bin wouldn't allow them to survive. The sealed unit won't allow them find the compost anyway. The heat in this unit can get up to 65 degrees in the centre at times. This is what makes it so effective.
Asked By Jean Prince
on May 24th, 2017
How do you get the finished compost out of the bin?
Answered by Andrew
on May 25th, 2017
Hi Jean. It comes out of the bottom of the unit. There is a base door that easily comes off to help remove the contents
Asked By Lindsay
on May 24th, 2017
Can you compost garden weeds
Answered by Andrew
on May 25th, 2017
Yes you can Lindsay. The heat created in the Hotbin kills all of the weed seeds
Asked By Jennifer
on April 14th, 2017
Does the bin need to be positioned in an open, sunny sight like a 'normal'composter?
Answered by Andrew
on April 18th, 2017
Hi Jennifer. The Hobin does not necessarily need to be in a sunny location but the warmer the ambient temperature outside the bin the hotter it will get inside.
Asked By Belinda Timlin
on March 25th, 2017
Are the kickstarter and bulking agent readily obtainable and at what price please?
Answered by Andrew
on March 27th, 2017
Yes, both are readily available. The bulking agent is just bark mulch which is needed to create air spaces in the compost. The kickstarter is just a compost activator which you may or may not need, we sell boxes on our site for 7.95 which should last you a couple of years. We are looking at stocking sacks of bark mulch and will have them on the site soon.
Asked By Eamonn
on March 04th, 2017
Hi Andrew. You have stated here that the bulking agent is just to add carbon and that paper will do when you run out. However the HotBin website specifically says that the paper is just to balance moisture and the bulking agent is for airflow so you don't have to turn the material. How do you account for the difference between your instructions and the manufacturer's? having to buy shredded timber for the composter would negate the benefits I think.
Answered by Andrew
on March 06th, 2017
Hi Eamonn. You are quite correct, I will change our description accordingly. Essentially you need a material that will provide air spaces in the compost, hotbin's bulking agent is just coarse bark mulch. Other alternatives readily available to the home gardener would be prunings or other bulky garden materials. We will also look supplying a cost effective supply of bark mulch bags. The other alternative (though more expensive) is the excellent Joraform insulated rotating composters which will compost a bit quicker and don't require a bulking agent. I hope this clarifies the situation . Andrew
Asked By Marie Cloke-Hayes
on February 27th, 2017
Hello, Is the hotbin able to cope with the daily waste of a golden retriever along with kitchen & garden waste? Also, would it be able to cope with cut grass from a 1/2 acre site or would an alternative composting method be best for this waste?
Answered by Andrew
on March 02nd, 2017
Hi Marie. I don't recommend putting pet waste in a hotbin as it doesn't get hot enough to safely deal with it. It will not be able to deal with that amount of grass either. You may be better with the next step up, the Joraform rotating compost bin but I would need to check on the safety of pet waste. With regard to lawn I would highly recommend a mulching mower at some stage as continually mowing and removing half an acre of grass will regrade the soil over time. A mulching mower cuts the grass very finely and spreads where it breaks down and the nutrients go back into the soil. I hope this makes sense, feel free to call me on 01 524 0884 if you need any more information.
Asked By sue mcginn
on February 24th, 2017
Thankyou Nick for your answer. Are the kick starter and bulking agent that come with the composter both vegetarian.
Answered by Andrew
on February 24th, 2017
They are both natural products and the bulking agent is made up of composted wood so i can't imagine any issue with it.
Asked By Carmel Ní Shúilleabháin
on February 24th, 2017
Hi, does the hot bin need to be in a sunny spot (I'm being optimistic Irish here)? Can you explain bulking agent? Thanks, Carmel.
Answered by Andrew
on September 27th, 2017
The bulking agent creates air pockets within the contents of the unit and allows it to stay aerobic whilst the paper or cardboard helps to rebalance the internal moisture content of the unit. Due to the soft compressible nature of shredded paper and cardboard, it will not be able to create the air pockets and if used as a bulking agent will likely allow the HOTBIN’s contents to turn anaerobic after a couple of months of use. For this reason, wood shavings and sawdust cannot not be used as a form of bulking agent. For those users who wish to source a form of bulking agent, ordinary wood chips can be used or a homemade version using shredded or chopped woody material from the garden can be created.
Asked By sue mcginn
on February 23rd, 2017
Are all the materials in this composter completely vegetarian friendly? Sue McGinn
Answered by Andrew
on February 24th, 2017
Hi Sue. The unit itself is built from a very strong type of styrafoam. There is nothing else included. So i guess the outer won't affect whether it is Vegetarian friendly or not. But it is not made from a natural wood or anything. Obviously it will produce Vegetarian friendly compost once the materials you add are likewise.
Asked By linda uhlemann
on February 20th, 2017
thanks for your last answer. The next one is do I have to keep buying the bulking agent
Answered by Andrew
on February 21st, 2017
No. You can use torn up cardboard and news paper from your house. Thats what i do and it works just as well in my opinion.
Asked By linda uhlemann
on February 18th, 2017
Can I put cooked food waste such as meat, pasta, cooked veg in the Hot Bin . I've made compost for years but I'm careful to exclude any waste foodstuffs. I usually use green veg waste, paper, cardboard etc.
Answered by Andrew
on February 20th, 2017
Hi Linda You can of course. That is one of the great things about the Hotbin and it is totally sealed so you don't need to worry about rodents.


Delivery Information 
Delivery times had been impacted earlier in the year with the increase in online shopping putting immense strain on couriers. We are nearly back to normal here in Quickcrop.

Please alow up to 10 working days for delivery of bulk items. Otherwise, please allow 3-5 working days for delivery.

We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience which may have been caused due to Covid-19 and very much appreciate your patience during this time. 

Standard Quickcrop deliveries only £4.95.

Standard delivery £4.95 - Our standard delivery rate is £4.95 and covers all goods except raised beds and some selected heavy items. £4.95 is the total delivery price irrespective of the number of items ordered.

Raised Beds Allotment/Premier/Deluxe raised beds £9.95 - Raised beds carry a delivery of £9.95 per complete order. £9.95 is the total delivery price irrespective of the number of raised beds or additional items ordered.

Bulky Items £9.95 - Some large items (e.g. compost bins) carry a delivery charge of £9.95. Any items that carry the large item surcharge will be clearly marked on the product page.

Will there be any extra charges? No, the price you pay at checkout is the price delivered to your door. There are no customs fees or extra delivery fees. 

Where do we deliver to?

We deliver nationwide to the UK, the island of Ireland, Austria, Benelux Countries, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden and Switzerland. Please see our delivery rates below:

£4.95 - The United Kingdom and Island of Ireland (Highlands and Islands may incur a surcharge, please contact us at support@quickcrop.com for further information.)

£9.95 - Austria, Belguim, The Netherlands, Luxembourg, Denmark, France, Germany, Switzerland.

How long does delivery take?
Stock permitting we aim to dispatch your goods within 2 - 3 working days of receiving your order. The average time taken from order to delivery is 3 - 5 days in the UK and Ireland, and up to 6 working days for France, Germany and the Benelux countries.

Can I track the parcel myself?
When the order has been dispatched we will provide you with a tracking number for your shipment, you will be able to log on to DPD's or Tuffnell's website and see where your parcel is at any time. You can, of course, contact us at support@quickcrop.com should you require any further information.

What If I'm not in at time of delivery?
You will be notified by text/email beforehand so you will know when to expect delivery. The driver will leave a note with the depot contact number if you are not in. Delivery can be arranged for the next day or a later date. 

I'm ordering several items, do they all arrive at the same time?
All items dispatched at the same time will normally be delivered in one delivery. The exceptions are bulk bags of soil or compost which comes in a separate delivery using a different delivery company.

What if my parcel is damaged or I wish to return the goods I have ordered?
Contact our office on 01788 298 795 and we will arrange collection and refund or replacement of faulty or damaged goods free of charge. We have a 'no quibble' policy on damages and will replace immediately once we receive an emailed photo of the damaged item.

If you wish to return an undamaged item for any reason we do charge a collection fee which may vary depending on the number of parcels, each case is different so please call us to arrange. We promise to keep returns fees fair and as low as possible. To arrange a return please contact us at support@quickcrop.com.

Quickcrop Returns Policy

Great customer service is what we are all about. You will never have to worry about damages, the item not being as expected or simply deciding you don’t want the item and you wish to return it. If you've changed your mind about your purchase, please return it in its original condition with proof of purchase within 35 days of receiving your order and we'll exchange or refund it. If you're only returning some of the items on your order, then we will only refund the cost of those items. We do not cover the cost of returning the item to our warehouse.

Please note that the goods must be returned in the same condition that they left us in so if you have opened your parcel you must ensure it is well enough packed to arrive undamaged.

Damaged Goods Returns
If the parcel is visibly damaged upon delivery, Do Not Sign for the Order. After that just email us on support@quickcrop.com and we will do the rest. Obviously it is not always possible to spot a damage in that moment of delivery so don’t worry. As soon as you open your parcel if the goods are not as they should be just email us a photo of the issue clearly explaining the problem. We will be back to you within the day with a solution. This is normally to arrange a collection at a time that suits you and arrange for a replacement to be sent out. We have very few damages so we act very quickly. Please note the photo is important so we can show the damage to our couriers and be refunded for the delivery cost.

A Simple Return
So you have decided on receipt of the goods that you simply don’t want them. Just email us at support@quickcrop.com explaining that you want to return your goods stating your name and your order number. It is your responsibility to return the goods to us but once they have been received and checked at our end we will issue the refund minus the original delivery charge.

European Returns
Customers outside of the UK and Ireland are covered by the damages Returns policy above. If you want to return your goods due to the fact that you no longer want it you simply email us on quickcrop@gmail.com and let us know. You will then need to return your goods to the following address and once it arrives back to us in the condition it left us we will refund you the cost minus the original delivery charge.

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