Over the summer I had no problem keeping the compost between 80 and 110 degrees and the stuff seemed to break down fast judging from the falling level of debris inside. Since October, however, I have had a hard time getting the compost above 55. I realize that the temperature outside probably makes it more difficult for the composter to retain heat but at this rate, the compost will be stalled over the winter.
Here is my modus opperandi: The balance of brown to green has been consistent. We've had extremely dry weather (and the holes in the composter top aren't sufficient to water it when it does rain) so with every 6 inches of material, I add about 4 gallons of water.
I tried using the Gardener's supply compost accellerator and it was hard to mix and figure out unless you were composting in batches. It didn't really work for me, but that may have been a factor of how I applied it. After that was gone, I bought some from Johnny's Seeds which I have been using. I haven't used it enough to say it works or doesn't but my compost is still hovering around 55.
Any tips or ideas?