BioPod Plus Auto-Harvesting Black Soldier Fly Grub Composter

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The BioPod Plus is a convenient way to recycle your kitchen scraps and restaurant leftovers into valuable live feed - an excellent choice for your fish, bullfrogs, turtles, lizards, chickens and even backyard songbird feeders. Utilizing the juvenile grub of the Black Soldier Fly, these devices are the most efficient way of bio-converting your food scraps into living biomass, without the need to separate the grubs from the active pile. Mature grubs auto-separate from the active pile via crawl off ramps and collect in the handled harvest bucket. Advanced drainage system helps maintain aerobic conditions by separating liquid effluent from pod contents. Liquids are easily dispensed from external fittings.

NEW! All pods now feature a top barrier lip that surrounds the entire body. Not only does it virtually eliminate grub escape and provide additional egg laying surfaces for pregnant females, it also helps direct mature grubs into the forward harvest slit, greatly improving crawl-off efficiency.

Features
  • Hinges provide a means to easily open the rectangular main lid using the front handle
  • Pair of angled, 40˚ migration ramps allow for natural migration of grubs. Inner edge of 2" wide ramps possess a raised lip to guide grubs and optimize auto-crawl-off. Ramps lead to harvest slit at top which overhangs the entry chute of the harvest bucket.
  • Covered harvest bucket auto-collects grubs for simple, no-hassle separation. Bucket fits snuggly into body and features: a drip channel that diverts condensation and precipatation away from the contents, a carrying handle to remove unit from body while providing a means of gripping while pouring out grubs, an air port slot to keep grubs from suffocating, and a top entry chute when the grubs fall.
  • Convenience lid easily pivots, allowing for quick dumping of food scraps,while shielding top ventilation portal - critical for aeration and egg laying
  • Heavy duty, weather-resistant construction ensures long life span, protection of colony from the elements and multi-year use
  • Fresh air enters through bucket slit, passively flowing through entry chute in bucket, which leads to the harvest slot in body and exits at convenience lid - continually providing a source of fresh air
  • Compact design is ideal for shade gardens and patios - compatible with forest, rural, suburban and urban settings
  • Passive drainage of compost tea occurs through the permeable drainage pad and perforated drainage plate, allowing liquids to flow freely into collection area, helping to maintain aerobic conditions
  • Sturdy drainage plate phyically separates active colony from liquid catchment area, allowing liquid to pass through 0.5 cm holes
  • Faux stone appearance blends in naturally with landscaping
  • On pods produced in May 2011 and beyond, a Barrier Lip completely surrounds the top of the body. This new lip 1) improves efficiency by virtually eliminating escapees 2) provides pregnant females with additional egg laying surfaces and 3) helps direct migrating grubs into the harvest slit.
Benefits
  • Divert and digest all food scraps from smelly garbage bin, kitchen insinkerator and open-air garden composter
  • Re-capture valuable lipids and proteins found in kitchen waste and manure, transforming them into usable live feed for domesticated animals, pets and wildlife
  • Friable compost may be used directly in the garden or as the ultimate worm bin food, producing casting faster than normal
  • Family-friendly system provides children with an education in sustainability, the cycle of life, and organic gardening
  • Helps reduce carbon footprint associated with food decay (and landfill methane production) by diversion and recycling
  • Actively feeding grubs secrete a natural fly repellant called a synomone (an interspecies, chemical communication that alerts and warns other kinds of flies to stay away)
  • Beneficial Soldier Grubs are self-separating, auto-harvesting, robust, prolific, hardy, indigenous, harmless, easy-to-store, simple to transport, dry to the touch in pupal stage, a convenient bait, and extremely nutritious!
Specifications

Assembled Dimensions
26 1/2" long x 15 1/2" wide x 16" Tall
9" diameter of circluar top ventilation portal
Drainage Plate: 27 cm long x 44 cm wide x 0.3 cm thick
Functional Capacity
Digestion Capacity: maximum of 5 lbs (2.2 kg) per day
Food scraps (including meat) from 4-6 adults
15-20% Bioconversion of food waste into BioGrubs
5% bioconversion of scraps into dark, friable castings

Volume
Main Body Volume: 10 gallons / 38 liters
Harvest Bucket Volume: 2 gallons / 7.5 liters

Weight
3.9 kg or 8.6 lbs empty

Composition
Pod Parts - Roto-molded, UV-stabilized, medium density polyethylene resin
Drainage Plate (clear, perforated) - polypropylene resin
Drainage Pad (green, non-woven mesh) - polyester fiber
Drainage Connectors - nylon, PVC
Metal hardware - stainless steel

Quantity / Parts
1 body, 1 main lid kit, 1 inner convenience lid, 1 drainage pad / plate, 1 harvest bucket, 1 drainage connector

Color
Light taupe (weathered grayish-brown)

Assembly
Time Required: approx. less than 10 minutes (single person)
Tools Needed: socket wrench or small, standard wrench to install drainage connector

Usage
Food scrap recycling
Raising soldier grubs
Digestion of pet waste

Key Features
Dual migration ramps for auto-harvesting into collection bucket
Drainage pad / plate allows liquids to passively seep into liquid catchment area
Top lip barrier helps prevent grub escape while increasing the surface for egg laying

Origin
Made and developed with pride in Texas

Warranty
1 year on parts and manufacturing defects (replacement parts available)


Finished End Products

A. Fresh, live Soldier Grubs
B. Black Friable Compost Residue
C. Liquid Tea Concentrate

A. Uses for Soldier Grubs
1. Bird & Wildlife Feeders (omnivore and carnivore species)
2. Reptile / Amphibian Food (Herps)
3. Fishing Bait (hooked in rear)
4. Small-scale Aquaculture / Aquaponics
5. Aquariums / Koi Ponds / Aquaponics - Live Food
6. Backyard Chickens / Poultry Feed
7. Creation of Starter Colonies
8. Beneficial Addition to Mixed Waste Compost Piles

B. Uses for Friable Black Compost
1. Gardening Amendments
2. Custom Soil Blends
3. Vermiculture / Worm Bin Food
4. Indoor Houseplant Additive

C. Uses for Liquid Tea
1. Natural Filth Fly Repellent
2. Female Attractant for Restarting Colony
3. Liquid Plant Fertilizer (dilute 20:1)

SMALL SCALE APPLICATIONS

1. Diversion of Biodegradable Kitchen Scraps
2. Pet Waste Digester (exclusive, feces only)
3. Food Waste Recycling - small office
4. Reduction of Organic Trash (10:1)

5. Improve quality of recyclables by pre-separation