I thought ideally to hot compost you should:
1. Build the compost with roughly equal volumes of layerd greens and browns (30:1 C:N ratio)
Making sure layers are wet (like a wrung out sponge). Fresh manures counts as greens in a pile.
2. Build the pile at least 3 x 3 x 3 ft. and build it in a day or a week. Cover it with a tarp, cardboard or burlap to hold in the heat. Start a new pile do not add anything more to the pile, it will take longer to finish.
3. If the pile is built right it should heat up within 2 days and reach thermophilic temp range 40-60 degrees centigrade. Try to keep pile from going over 65 degrees centigrade because the heat can kill beneficial bacteria.
4. Pile should stay hot for 4-5 days (steam will visibly be coming off the pile). During this time the pile should not be turned at all
5. After 5th day pile should be turned so what is on the outside of the pile is turned to the inside of the pile. The more often a pile is turned the faster compost is made.
6. Compost made hot and quick finishes without losing as much volume as slow cold composting.
7. Hot composting can kill most (not all) weed seeds and harmful bacteria like those found in fresh manures.
8 Cold composting. Pile is built by layering greens and browns, but may be built over a longer period of time. Eventually to get the pile to finish composting, you should stop adding and start a new pile instead.
9. Cold compost does not get hot enough to reach the thermophilic range.
10. If not turned frequently, compost will take longer, maybe a year to be completely broken down and volume will be significantly reduced.