Food waste biodigesters are not a new solution. They have existed for more than a decade but new updates and multiple iterations have helped these machines become much more solid and robust. The LFC biodigester has emerged as an food waste management solution that has withstood the challenges of industry and test of time. Though the LFC biodigester is currently on the eighth generation build, there are countless early builds of the machine that are still in use today. Owners of older generation machines have followed best practices to maintain longevity and operate their LFC biodigesters without issue well into their tenth year of operation. To ensure your LFC biodigester keeps working seamlessly for years to come, it’s crucial to follow some simple maintenance and operational tips. Here are five simple tips to prolong the lifespan of your LFC biodigester.
1. Gentle Cleaning for Longevity
Your LFC biodigester may be a robust piece of technology, but it still requires some TLC. One of the most important maintenance practices is to avoid using solvents or harsh chemicals to clean it. Instead, opt for a damp sponge or towel and plain fresh water.
The machine’s exterior panels are made of stainless steel with a mirrored finish; harsh chemicals can corrode this surface. Gentle cleaning is the key to preserving your biodigester’s appearance and functionality.
2. Regular Servicing
Like all mechanical devices, the LFC biodigesters last longer when properly maintained. For example, the shaft is turned with a chain that carries large forces. Without regular lubrication, that chain will wear out fast and may lead to premature failure.
Power Knot has comprehensive documentation detailing the servicing that should be performed no less frequently than once a year. By following the steps in the documentation, you can help to ensure 15 to 25 years of useful life from your LFC biodigester.
3. Consistent Feeding Schedule
Much like our own digestive systems, LFC biodigesters perform optimally when they receive a consistent supply of waste. Those who feed their biodigester five times a day see a much higher digestion rate compared to those who only do it once daily.
This analogy holds true – our bodies digest food more efficiently when we eat small, frequent meals rather than one large meal.
4. Timely Waste Disposal
Time is of the essence when it comes to the disposal of organic waste into your LFC biodigester. Avoid letting waste sit for more than one hour before introducing it into the LFC drum. Ideally, aim for no more than a 45 minute delay.
This practice helps prevent anaerobic decomposition, which not only results in unpleasant odors but can also hinder the biodigestion process. By disposing of food waste as it is generated, you ensure that your biodigester operates smoothly and odor-free.
5. Nourish the Microorganisms
The heart and soul of the LFC biodigester are its microorganisms, which tirelessly break down organic matter. To keep them happy and productive, ensure they receive a daily supply of food waste. These microorganisms thrive on a consistent diet.
If they go without food for extended periods, such as 10 days, they may die from starvation. Consequently, you’ll need to replace them before you can reintroduce food waste into the biodigester. So, make it a priority to keep your microorganisms well-fed for a smoothly functioning biodigester.
In conclusion, maintaining your LFC biodigester doesn’t require highly detailed efforts, but it does require consistency. By following these simple yet essential maintenance and operational tips, you can prolong the life of your biodigester, ensure it operates efficiently, and continue to contribute positively to sustainable waste management practices.