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Old 10-06-2008, 10:16 PM   #1
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Just in time for winter!

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Old 10-07-2008, 10:35 AM   #2
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Looking good.
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Old 10-08-2008, 10:18 PM   #3
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PS: maybe you could start a thread with the name of your bus as the title and put all of your updates in there. That way the lazy people like me have the whole story in one place.

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Old 10-08-2008, 11:23 PM   #4
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Sean... how is your composting toilet working out? I'm intrigued by the idea of not mounting a blackwater tank. Do you have more details on the design?
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Old 10-09-2008, 01:05 PM   #5
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Well, the original homemade composting toilet worked just fine. The only wrinkle was adding the urine diverting after the fact, which was a pain and not very elegant....a square blue NAPA funnel leading to radiator hose then with all sorts of adapters and such to eventually lead to 1-1/2" pvc. All the details on that toilet are here:
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As stated, it worked fine. For use by one person, a bucket had to be emptied every 3 weeks or so. The cover material (wood shavings, etc.) were easy to find, but a little bulky to have a bunch on hand. Another small problem was that occasionally flies would make an appearance. I suppose this could be remedied through a more airtight construction.

The new toilet I just installed is a Nature's Head, which is the same concept, just smaller & more refined. It functions flawlessly. My only complaint (and it is a minor hassle) is having to empty the urine tank every few days. Here's what it looks like:

It's not cheap but it is a USA-made, well-constructed unit that serves my purposes.


If you decide to build your own, my two pieces of advice are:
1. Divert the urine, don't let it mix with the #2
2. Pay extra attention to airtight, fly-free construction. You don't want flies coming from the potty and landing all over your kitchen counters, food, etc. That could be bad.

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Re: Got the woodstove in...

So how was the stove after you got it fired up? Did it work as planned?
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Old 10-09-2008, 09:12 PM   #7
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It's been working out pretty good aside from the fact that it only holds small pieces of wood... I have to get up to stoke it during the night. I have yet to go buy real wood though, just been burning lumber scraps. There's a lumber company up the street that will sell you a truckload of edges/rough cuts for like $10... may go that route because the pieces are already pretty small.
Gonna start putting up the insulation tomorrow... hope it helps a bit.
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It helped a lot on my bus and so did covering the roof with KoolSeal
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PS: maybe you could start a thread with the name of your bus as the title and put all of your updates in there. That way the lazy people like me have the whole story in one place.

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Well, there is this thread...

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