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Old 03-04-2015, 07:05 AM   #31
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Excellant workmanship. Great pictures. We built our own composting toilet and really like it. The initial razing from visiting friends and relatives was short lived. Nobody can believe, zero foul odors, even in July heat. I used a home depot 5 gal bucket and a screw on lid attachment. Built the box and lid to fit over it. When full just screw lid on and take bucket out to the composting pile, rinse and repeat. We have a second bucket and lid to store the potting soil/cedar chip mix. Smells wonderful.
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Old 03-04-2015, 07:50 AM   #32
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i built our compost toilet. i just copied the cabin can. well, sorta, my carpenter skills sukk.
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Old 03-04-2015, 09:46 AM   #33
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i built our compost toilet. i just copied the cabin can. well, sorta, my carpenter skills sukk.
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I think I have decided to go with a very similar design. My slats will run horizontally around the bucket and will include a urin diverter by Freerange.

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Old 03-04-2015, 01:52 PM   #34
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hmm i guess i hadnt given the homemade composting toilet any thought. i feel like if every time you go you have to cover your deposit with more organic material that bucket will fill up faster and after a buying years worth of organic substrate (sawdust peat moss coco coir) you could have paid for a more efficient system? do you full time in your bus or is the pooper more suited for the weekend warrior?

and i have used this fundamental system (a hole with waste covered by sawdust or peat moss or even lye) in out houses and they have always reaked of sewage. is it because you seal the bucket after each use some what trapping the smell inside or are you just more edjucated on proper use?

the only way ive found to eliminate that sewage smell is to seperate the liquids from the solids and vent that sucker 20 feet in the air so the stink is above nose height.

thanks for your input guys!
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Old 03-04-2015, 05:06 PM   #35
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I never allow my liquids to mix with the solids.

I remove my waste each time I go. I either burn it in my wood stove, or chuck it into the trash bin.

There is no way I'm leaving a weeks worth of poop in my bus!

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Old 03-04-2015, 07:48 PM   #36
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hmm i guess i hadnt given the homemade composting toilet any thought. i feel like if every time you go you have to cover your deposit with more organic material that bucket will fill up faster and after a buying years worth of organic substrate (sawdust peat moss coco coir) you could have paid for a more efficient system? do you full time in your bus or is the pooper more suited for the weekend warrior?

and i have used this fundamental system (a hole with waste covered by sawdust or peat moss or even lye) in out houses and they have always reaked of sewage. is it because you seal the bucket after each use some what trapping the smell inside or are you just more edjucated on proper use?

the only way ive found to eliminate that sewage smell is to seperate the liquids from the solids and vent that sucker 20 feet in the air so the stink is above nose height.

thanks for your input guys!
no way a years worth of cover material will equal the price of a manufactured shitter. and, who says a manufatured shitter wont stink? got one?
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Old 03-04-2015, 08:00 PM   #37
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I agree with both Nat and Clay. We are not fulltimers, we use our bus for camping for 3 days to 2 weeks at a time. We use wood shavings and sometimes some kitty litter, we have never had any odor problems. We empty out when we use it frequently and the cost is minimal.
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Old 03-04-2015, 10:34 PM   #38
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We empty out when we use it frequently and the cost is minimal.
I empty out every time I use it. If not, I will just have to use it again. Me not the bucket.
Ours is to be a full time lifer. However, I am just guessing here, but diet may play a part in the smell concern as well. I am not a beer drinker (medical reasons) and usually avoid things like chili, etc. Does my bathroom always smell like roses? no, but I will be using a separator for liquids and coffee grounds and sawdust with the sphagnum moss. We also plan to have a 12v fan and vent for the area under the seat where the bucket will be. The liquids will run in a tube to a container/tank under the bus.
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Old 03-04-2015, 11:52 PM   #39
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nah i dont have any thing other then a porta shitter in the van and its good for the weekend but stinks during the dump and when the trap door opens to flush. works great for its emergency purpose!

anyways i was hoping for a more bi weekly purge of my poop as opposed to every time i go finishing up by flinging it at the neighbors. they have more to fling back. plus fine plastic and overpriced convenience is what separates us from the primates.

i do like the idea and the confidence of ya'll.

i shall try shitting in a bucket for a week gather strenuous smell data and have a more informed view. haha

what about that electrical? i feel a picture of a battery bank with wires leading to converters invertors breakers ect if im lucky with a few make and model numbers of the equipment with a crudely drawn ms paint diagram followed by "skoolie electrical 101 for dummies" would answer my questions.

need to be able to run 12v not plugged in and run 120/charge batteries/run 12v when plugged into shore. it doesnt matter if shore is 50a 30a or from someones outdoor outlet the only strain is the a.c. in the summer. a separate line to charge the house batteries from the running motor is a plus but i look at it as a project for when i live in the sucker.
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Old 03-05-2015, 07:30 AM   #40
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funky, what instrument will you use to collect the "smell data" ? lol
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