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  • this composts all food waste quickly
  • empty compost through the hatch at the bottom

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

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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

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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
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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 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 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 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 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 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.

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