Q1. What is the cost of electricity?
A. The Food Cycler is energy efficient! The Food Cycler requires 500W of energy to operate. The Food Cycler has built in sensory technology that monitors the dryness and humidity of the food waste, and once complete, the unit will end its cycle automatically.
Q2. Does the power need to be on all the time?
A. For the Food Cycler food waste storage function and odor removing system to properly function, the power has to be on at all times. The food waste storage function is a function to gather the discharged food waste into the container. If you do not have a full load of food waste, store the waste inside the unit and when the waste bucket is full - start the machine! FoodCycler: Home's air circulation function makes the entire process odorless.
When the power is on in the standby mode, the electricity consumption is around 2kWh per month.
Q3. What is the Food Cycler's processing capacity?
A. The Food Cycler's processing capacity is on approximately 2-3 pounds. Use the indicator line on the inside of the waste bucket as a guide.
Q4. What is the Food Cycler's processing time?
A. The Food Cycler takes anywhere from 2-6 hours (average 2.5 - 3.5 hours) for the food waste disposal process to completely dehydrate into its composted state. The processing time will depend on the amount you're trying to process. Please note these estimations exclude the unit's cooling time.
Q5. Can the Food Cycler process chicken bones and pits?
A. Yes! The unit can process bones from chicken and fish, however thick beef bones are not recommended. Hard fruit pits such as those found in peaches can also be processed. It should be noted that when hard substances are processed, be aware that the coating on the bucket can become worn and the lifespan could decrease.
Q6. Why isn't the end product in powder form?
A. The form of the by-product appears differently depending on the type of food waste being processed. Fish or cooked vegetables appear as fine powder form, and uncooked vegetables appear in a small cereal-like form. Cake, rice, and starches will have a thicker chunkier texture. The form of the b-product appears differently depending on the kind of food waste, and it will not always appear the same.
Q7. Is there any food waste the Food Cycler cannot process?
A. Hard bones such as cow bones and pig bones cannot be processed. Be sure to mix with other food waste when processing cake, rice, starches, pasta, high sugar fruits, or fatty food waste. If these types of food waste are processed without mixing of other food waste, there's chance that the end product can become stuck to the bottom of the bucket, and/or not processed entirely.
Q8. Cooling Function?
A. After the pulverization and drying phase is done the Food Cycler consumes no power during the cooling phase. After the pulverization and drying phase the unit will be hot, so avoid opening the lid until the cooling phase has completed.
Q9. Can I add food to the Food Cycler once I've already started a cycle?
A. No. By adding additional food waste to the unit during the cycle, the unit will not be able to generate 100% dehydrated compost. If you must add more waste, you will need to restart the cycle.
Q10. Can I open the lid on the Food Cycler during the process to see what's going on?
A. The lid should be locked after starting the system to prevent the cycle from being prematurely or improperly finished.
Q11. Is it okay to empty the bucket as soon as the timer says the cycler is up?
A. No. Is is always best to let the Food Cycler complete its cool down cycle which is designed to prepare the compost for handling.
Q12. Why is my Food Cycler creating an odor?
A. The unit can cause an odor if you have not properly installed the filters at the back of the machine, or the filters may require replacement (every 3 months on average). Also, be sure to remove the sticker on the filters before the first use.
Q.13. Can I put my Food Cycler in the dishwasher?
A. Yes! The removable waste bucket is dishwasher friendly.
Q.14.Can I use the end product in my garden?
A. Yes! The by-product created by the Food Cycler can be used in various gardening applications. Check out our lab reports for more details!
Q.15. What happens to the methane gasses?
A. Due to the aerobic digestion process, there are no methane gasses created throughout the process. Any C02 emissions created throughout the process are captured by the carbon filters built-in to the unit.