What is hot composting?
How is hot composting different from cold composting?
What is the benefit and value of hot composting?
Establishing the benefits of hot composting:
To establish if hot composting for the domestic home gardener has any benefits over other composting methods such as cold composting or food waste digestion, you need to first establish your composting objectives.
Here are some examples:
- Do you want to make lots of rich/great compost for your garden that will improve its fertility and lessen/reduce your use of fertiliser and maybe even peat?
- Do you just want to keep the garden tidy?
- Do you want to make a more positive contribution to the environment by recycling all your food waste so your local council no longer has to collect and transport it to landfill or a central AD/IVC reprocessing plant?
- Are you just fed up with allocating more and more of your flower or vegetable patch to overflowing compost bins that never seem to do anything?
- Do you only have seasonal waste, or do you also have regular weekly amounts of food waste all year round
Benefits of hot composting over cold composting:
(Table excludes Vermicompost/Worms/Bokashi/AD, etc)
Each of these topics are discussed in more depth at our forum
In my opinion, as soon as you establish an objective like ‘compost all food waste with low odour, no rats or flies’ or ‘compost using an easy recipe; ‘compost fast’; ‘compost year round’ then you need to look at ‘hot composting’.