Top Diameter (outer): 44"
Bottom diameter (outer): 34"
Body Height: 26.8" tall
Digestion Capacity: 25+ lbs of mixed food scraps per day
Food scraps may include meat, oils and dairy
15-20% Bioconversion of food waste into mature grubs
Up to 5% undigested residue combined with castings
11.7 Cubic Feet / 87.3 US Gallons
24 lbs empty
4.5 lbs unperforated base plate
Roto-molded, UV-stabilized, medium density polyethylene resin
QUANTITY / PARTS
- Downloadable Manual / User's Guide (digital PDF)
- Unperforated base plate, for units 2020 and later (approx. 75% of units have this extra part at no charge, 25% don't include one due to molding realities)
Optional as of Aug 1, 2022: Threaded Drainage Connector (Sept 2019 and later). This part is no longer included automatically, as it is primary purpose is for contained liquid drainage with indoor cultivation. Just ask if you want it pre-installed (welded) - it is only $10 more. See picture at bottom of page.
SETUP / ASSEMBLY
Time Required: approx. 30-60 minutes
Tools Needed: 1/2" drill bit, 1/4" drill bit, utility sheers, level
Place on level surfaces only
Must be sheltered from direct sunlight / precipitation
Additional recommended materials listed in E-manual
Food scrap diversion and recycling
Raising soldier grubs
Offsetting feed purchases
Digestion of pet waste
12+ years of product development and testing
Mature grubs (dark-colored) self-harvest using dual migration ramps
Automatically collect the crawl off via the top exit portal that is positioned above a collection receptacle of your choice
Flexible placement and elevation using bricks, blocks, pallets or timbers
Top grub barrier lip mitigates escape
Durable UV stable, poly-resin allows for decades of use
Radial arms, outer support ring, and quadrant design help with passive drainage of liquid
Central uncut, drainage at bottom maximizes placement flexibility over porous or impervious surfaces
Manufactured in North Carolina
Developed with pride in Texas
10 year warranty (but designed to last a lifetime)
1 Pallet can hold up to 12 nested pods (16 for tall rigs)
Ship via LTL Truck Freight (CLASS 300 (1) / 250 (2-9) / 175 (10-16)
Time before shipping: 2-4 days (when in stock)
Time in transit: 2-8 days, depending on zone
Pallet size: 46 x 46" - variable height depending on count
Commercial addresses preferred or freight terminal pick up
Surcharge for residential and rural addresses
Due to dimensional issues, it costs about the same to ship 1 to 4 units so try teaming up with others and split the shipping
3' of Coir/jute/hemp mesh fiber pad
25 lb bag of gravel (not pea gravel)
3 solid concrete blocks (we prefer and use solid 4x8x16")
Burlap Topper 3, 3' pieces for the entire active season
3' of weed barrier (landscape cloth)
Bottom Drainage Fixture (below) is welded to pod and allows for connection to standard plumbing fixtures so that all effluent is captured. Helps with operations on solid surfaces ($10 additional per pod)
We rarely have any discounted units available, but when we do we will post them here. We occasionally have units that are produced in off colors - we will discount those as well (if available). Just reach out if you are interested! TRTP
FEATURES & BENEFITS
Prosumer / Homestead ProtaPod Composting System: 4 foot polyethylene tubs (bodies only). These large pods have the bioconversion capacity of approx. 5 of the smaller BioPod Plus units and can accept approx. 25+ lbs per day. These updated units do NOT include the old metal stand and problematic drainage filter jars from our GEN I design.
If you have a source of food waste (raw or cooked), offal, coffee grounds or brewer's mash, you can quickly offset your purchases of store-bought feed by growing huge quantities of grubs for your chickens or fish. Self-reliance meets sustainability meets recycling meets insect farmer!
These GEN III pods are similar in design to the old GEN I bodies, but with some enhancements, including drainage support improvements, a new top grub barrier lip, more robust crawl off ramps, threaded drainage hardware and drainage base plate (requires perforation).
These pods bodies are now made to order and available for DIY setups in limited quantities only. We can now nest up to 12 pods on a single pallet. Use matala, perforated poly plates , shredded recycled rubber mats, coir/hemp/jute fiber mesh with gravel underneath to promote continuous bottom drainage. In order to maintain maximum flexibility with both imperial and metric plumbing fixtures, we no longer pre-drill the bottom drainage hole(s). A comprehensive 30+ User's Guide & Operations E-Manual is available at no additional cost.
If you are ordering one or more of the larger pods, we now include a no-charge "Setup and Operational Support" conference call, via phone, Skype or WhatsApp so that all of your questions and concerns are addressed. All that we ask is that you skim the manual ahead of the meeting.
USERS MANUAL & OPERATIONAL GUIDE
Due to dimensional issues, the large pods must ship via LTL Truck Freight from our factory in NC. We normally maintain stock at all times, so we are able to ship out within a few days. When ordering direct, we can only ship to commercial addresses (our shipping contract does not allow deliveries to residential or rural locations without penalties). If you do not have a commercial address available, we are normally able to ship to your local Cooperative Extension Office or closest fright terminal for will call / pick up. We do offer tiered discounts on multi-unit orders.
Good news! Due to incredible stacking efficiency, the shipping fees are relatively the same for 1, 2, 3 or 4 pods. Alternately, If you are traveling close to the Raleigh-Durham metro region, you may pick up at our factory in Pittsboro and avoid the shipping charges entirely. For international orders, were can usually ship to your closest water port for pick up. Always call if you have shipping or delivery questions - we try our best to accommodate everyone! TRTP
HOW TO GET FOOD WASTE:
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