I am starting this thread to share with others everything that I am doing to have a steady supply of silkworm in my house. I do not want to debate what is the best feeder. What I would like to see is people giving constructive criticism and helping to iron things out so that others may follow in my foot steps with less issues. So... BACKSTORY: My has asked for a lizard for quite some time, 5 years to be exact. Well finally in July I broke and we purchased one. We got a bearded dragon and named her Toothless. We started out feeding her the basics. Whatever greens we could find (kale, collards, mustard, turnip, etc.) and crickets. It turns out that crickets are good but you have to take them out at night because they nibble on her. Now she is getting roaches but the cost is adding up and we are looking for ways to reduce cost. Between roaches and soldier fly larvae it's $20 a week. One thing that we came up with is to breed silkworms. After doing a lot of research on it I am just going to lay out what I have done so far. I will also keep this up to date so that I can track progress and keep notes on what I have done with them. MY PROCESS: First off is the eggs. The eggs will need to be kept at 75-85 deg. That is a problem for me. I would a) have to heat my house to that all the time or b) have an incubator. I chose “b.” Looking online they are around $200 for something that would fit on a table top and only be able to hold the eggs and if I am lucky the “kego” (Japanese for hairy baby). I continued my search for DIY incubators and came across one that looked to have all the space I needed (Reptile Egg Incubator). I know it is an egg incubator but I will use it for silkworms. After watching that video I went with what they did. There were a few things that I had to deviate from because of cost or recommendations from others. Starting with the cooler. They used a Coleman’s 150 qt marine cooler. It is sold on Walmart's website for $80. I found an Igloo 150 qt for $35 on Craigslist. This created an issue that I didn’t count on. The measurements for the pipe lengths are for the internal dimensions of the coleman. The igloo is slightly smaller in at the bottom of the cooler. Other than that there isn’t a difference between the two. Whatever cooler you use just remember to measure the internal dimensions before you cut so that you can save time. All the connectors are the same for the piping. When I went to the hardware store a 2 ft length of schedule 40 PVC was $2 and a 10 ft piece was $2 so it took very little thought which one to get. It is more about the amount of containers that I can fit in there and not really the size so much. I am using (6) 4 qt containers (gotta love the $ store) in a single layer but I will eventually add more in a 2nd layer on top. The 4 qt does not leave enough space to have two layers so I will be searching for a smaller size to use down the line. When I put the pipe together it was level and square. When I started to use the glue it wasn’t level anymore. It’s my fault. The way I leveled it out after it was all set in place (30 sec get it right or you have to cut it out and replace the fitting and pipe) was to use a piece of tile that I had left over from tiling my floors and I used clear silicone bathroom caulk that I also had left over. I did use the ZooMed 50 watt heat cable. It is actually the perfect length for the wraps around the pipe. You can see it wrapped around the heat trap. I read a bunch of reviews for thermostats to control the heat cable and couldn’t decide witch one. I didn’t think the price the reptile websites were charging was worth what their product did. One of my buddies is into hydroponics for fresh veggies all year round and he recommended Hydropharm's thermostat for heat mats. The spider robotics herpistat that they are talking about is over $100. I didn’t have one just laying around to use. All in all it was about $35 for everything to make the heat trap (piping). $35 for the cooler cause I lucked out. $50 for the thermostat and heat cable from amazon. I haven’t installed fans yet because I wanted to see how well it works without it first. Last night I placed an order with Mulberry Farms for Zebra Silkworms (200 glued) and silkworm chow (1/2 lb bags x4). It wasn't bad but the shipping was either $15 for USPS or $19 for FedEx. Next time I will go through Coastal Silkworms because the shipping will be lower. *side note Mulberry Farms is located in CA and Coastal Silk is in FL, I am in VA. I haven't heard of anybody ordering from them but somebody needs to so others can ask. I'll let you know when I run out of chow. My incubator has been running for a day now. The temp stays within a degree of the set point (85 deg). I verified it with another digital thermometer. Just waiting for the eggs to get here.