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Old 03-17-2015, 09:27 PM   #11
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just wondering why people are choosing to use a composting toilet? personally I don't like them, had one many years ago at year round camp. Putting in a rv toilet not that big a deal. but that's just me.
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Because using fresh water to poop in is a waste of the most precious, most heavy of the resources needed. Fresh water is the first thing to run out for long term boondockers.

Also mixing you human waste with water makes it smell far worse than it did fresh.

I think trying to compost inside the bus is a bad idea. Let the outdoor compost pile break down the matter. Why would you let it rot inside your living space?

Composting is not for everyone. I personally don't want the human matter hanging around. That's why I incinerate it or toss it into the trash pick up in winter, and bury it in summer.

I live in the forest, mud this time of year.

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Old 03-17-2015, 09:27 PM   #12
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We love the composting for other reasons as well. It can be emptied in smaller quantities and more frequently if desired. No hose. No tank. No pump. No pipes to freeze. If we decide to change, it would not be a difficult project but just can't see the need. Environmentally, it means no chemicals and no water. Sawdust and sphagnum moss is available everywhere and nearly free. One more advantage but something most don't really consider when they are building is the weight/load savings when traveling.
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Old 03-18-2015, 10:34 PM   #13
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One couple uses coffee grounds from Starbucks mixed with sawdust.
?? Why coffee grounds (other than it would smell great)? Sawdust alone works exceptionally well and is easy to come across for free (try any small town lumber yard). We're just finishing up a 10000km trip. We've been using a bucket and sawdust. With enough sawdust the mess will smell only of sawdust. We've simply been setting the lid on top of the bucket when we don't plan on using it a while to keep all smells (including sawdust) contained, but even wide open it isn't stinky. If your happy to put the lid on after every use you can cut down on the amount of sawdust applied, though. That can be handy.

On the road we double line the bucket with small garbage bags and dispose of the waste in large truck stop dumpsters that aren't handled by any humans - just because it makes us feel good to know that there is no chance a human will get a handful of our doodie.

On our property we have a compost pile.

Also, though we limit urine as much as is convenient in the bucket, we do end up pissing in the bucket as well. You'll want to put some sawdust down initially, take a pee, then top with more sawdust. It tends to eat up the sawdust reserves rather quickly, but doesn't make any more of a mess.

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As a woodworker (by hobby) I have plenty of sawdust. Its the additives I want to figure out.
No additive necessary. Just don't use cedar since it is non-absorbent. Pine works just fine. Oak is naturally stinky, so it's probably best to avoid.
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Old 03-19-2015, 07:28 AM   #14
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Some cedar helps, cause it smells sooo nice
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Old 03-19-2015, 08:03 AM   #15
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im going with the natures head, no black water tank. i will be off grid,full time boondocking.
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Old 03-22-2015, 02:09 AM   #16
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Composting Toilets

Google 'Lovable Loo' composting Toilets. For about $350-$400 it's a complete unit.
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Old 03-22-2015, 02:12 AM   #17
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Theres not much that stinks worse than burning humanure! Try the Lovable Loo for no odor composting toilets. Inexpensive genius!
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Old 03-22-2015, 11:09 AM   #18
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Theres not much that stinks worse than burning humanure!
Everything stinks if you don't burn it hot enough. With the right combustion temperature, there is no smell burning human waste.

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Old 03-22-2015, 01:28 PM   #19
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I'm going the bucket route. For pee, I might pee in the sink and let it drip out with the grey water it'll be so dilute that it'll be the same as the amount of faecies you get off banknotes.

I'll be using a Walmart bucket and lid combination together with bin liners and catlit - until I can get sawdust.
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Old 03-22-2015, 05:25 PM   #20
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This is a rare selfie. I've just built my toilet. I need to make a hole under the seat but this is my toilet. I wanted to do more today but the rain stopped me taking my uncut 8x4 OSB outside to cut it. I couldn't use power tools either because of the cord getting wet. Thus I did other things. Built my toilet, fastened what I could of the ready cut OSB to the bedroom wall and wired a USB socket into the console.
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