Making a hot compost pile is really quite simple, I was a little scared to try it but, now that I have, I realize how easy it is.
All you do is save up equal amounts of greens and browns and mix them together in a pile that is at least 3x3x3 and turn every few days. In as little as three weeks you will have compost.
Also, it is especially important to chop up all of your material as much as possible.
One great source for greens right now is corn husks and carrot tops. I just go down to one of my local farm markets where they sell carrots, corn and the like and they let me take all the husks that I want and while I am collecting those, the one guy comes over and gives me all the carrot tops.
Be sure to turn at least every other day. I had decided to wait three days to turn the pile and on the second day turned it instead to find ashes in the center of my pile! Wow! Anyway, if your pile is a little to hot (like mine was) add some browns (mulched up leaves for me).
I also chop up all the corn cobs and put them into the compost. And the shells from shelling peas are also a brown.
Incidentally, Carrot tops are loaded with nutrients for both the soil and for us. Try putting them in a salad or a stirfry and you will be pleasantly surprised