Posted: 27/10/2014 at 12:18
Do not worry about jumping in and etiquette they all lick their plates on here especially after cake.
Hot Composting happened on the farms and small holdings I lived on as a lad, you piled it high, turned it every couple of weeks, a mix of manure half rotted and anything else, never contained never covered and you could cook potato's in the residual heat. We had a large brick midden outside the stables, the new stuff and straw went in one end and my job would be to move it to the other end when it half rotted, that gave off a lot of heat and was soon spread on the gardens. I have two large compost bins home made of wood with air slots and no bottom. Once empty brushwood is spread at the base then the build up begins, I get heat though not like those large middens, they are sheltered from the wind and in a place they get a lot of sun, turning on a regular basis is essential, remove slats chuck it out into a wheel barrow or onto plastic stir and toss it back sprinkle each layer with water mixed with recycled bodily fluids and you will get good compost. Mine are loose covered so as not to get too wet.
Never heard of your hot composter so cannot comment on them, let us know if they do get up to heat, my recipe has always been Air/ Damping/ A Good mix of ingredients and they will produce heat.