This do-it-yourself design is fairly simple to build, and I suggest that anyone who was thinking of building my bucket composter should build this unit instead. With a 5 gallon (19 liter) working capacity it’s larger than the bucket, and the ramp and drainage systems are much better.
Keeping the beginning waste moist is important for two reasons; any newly hatched larvae are at risk of dehydration, and moist waste is better at giving off the odor which serves as a beacon for egg laying BSF females. The three inch layer of moistened cob was designed to increase the bulk in the new unit with something that would absorb and retain liquid without overloading the unit with food waste.
Update: July 2013 Below is a photo of my new design that I think is easier to build and more efficient than the bucket design that was pictured when I first wrote this post. I will leave this page online because the link has been shared so many times, but I highly encourage everyone to build the new composter. You…
I’m a bit behind in posting these videos but I’m trying to keep a running record of my progress with this do-it-yourself black soldier fly bucket composter.
Here are two videos I made to introduce the new version of the do-it-yourself BSF bucket composter. I plan on making more videos as I operate this unit through the summer.