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Old 01-08-2017, 03:45 PM   #191
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Down to 36 here, used my Mr Heater Buddy for the first time! Tough to keep warm without any insulation! The cat slept under the blankets with us even.
I just googled Mr. Heater Buddy... he looks WAY warmer than mine! Mine is electric.

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Old 01-16-2017, 09:17 AM   #192
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The term "Drop Box" come to mind. Walnut Grove seems somewhat fitting too.


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Old 01-16-2017, 10:27 AM   #193
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I think the ORIGINAL composting toilets that i remember were made for cabins.. they were large and had a chimney style vent.. and were permanently installed.. their design was to be l;arge enough that you cleaned them out from the bottom where you would have actual compost.. you pulled out only until it was no longer compost.. since they were flow-through cented the smell was nill.. the concept i suppose is similar for a camper but the timeframe till they are full or stink isnt anywhere close to composting time..

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Old 01-16-2017, 10:56 AM   #194
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I think the ORIGINAL composting toilets that i remember were made for cabins.. they were large and had a chimney style vent.. and were permanently installed.. their design was to be l;arge enough that you cleaned them out from the bottom where you would have actual compost.. you pulled out only until it was no longer compost.. since they were flow-through cented the smell was nill.. the concept i suppose is similar for a camper but the timeframe till they are full or stink isnt anywhere close to composting time..

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That makes sense.

I think the folk calling them "composting" today do it with the idea that the contents of the toilet will be periodically transferred to a composting pile to finish. The general consensus is that you need at least a year and most use this compost only on ornamental plants.
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Old 02-16-2017, 07:20 PM   #195
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I appreciate the comparison between the systems from someone with experience...thanks
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Old 02-16-2017, 07:27 PM   #196
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Chemicals...ugh
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Old 02-16-2017, 07:38 PM   #197
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that is freakin beautiful!... a throne to behold
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Old 03-04-2017, 04:45 PM   #198
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Having cleaned my share of toilets... I don't care how well you shoot, fine droplets of urine go everywhere. It's not much, but it's there and it adds up. The heater register next to the toilet in our home was very rusty from urine splatter. And it soaked into the wood cabinet adjacent. If you've got to stand, I agree with the urinal idea. Get creative. It could be a diagonally cut (and sanded smooth) medium size pvc pipe necked down to 1/2" hose. Or it could be a Wally World long neck funnel (the ones that have a long tapered funnel). Or it could be something entirely off the wall. Many a time have I walked through the toy store looking for something I could adapt to something else. There's a lot of engineering in them there toys!

Or, just make the rule that everyone sits. Or cleans.

My two cents.

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Like a plastic baseball bat, just cut both ends off. In my case i'd have to use one of those large-diameter wiffle ball bats..LoL

What about a roto molded chair, just cut a hole in the top and attach a toilet seat/ lid. Hole in the back rest for vent pipe, so many options. Even a lounge pooper
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Old 03-04-2017, 05:18 PM   #199
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Threads do have the tendency of wandering off subject.

If you are worried and choose to route your urine to a black water tank or treat it as hazardous, fine.

If you choose to collect it in a plastic bottle and then flush it down the campsite toilet. Fine.

If you desire to save the planet and conserve our precious fresh water by using a composting toilet. Fine.

The benefits of a composting toilet on a skoolie are several:

1) Little to no use of stored fresh water (no flushing required). If you connect to shore water all the time this benefit is moot.

2) No black water tank. None to mount. None to dump. No line. No fee. No searching. No disgusting hoses to handle and store. No leaking valves to replace. And... someone chime in... it can free up camp sites that restrict vehicles with black water tanks, or so I've heard.

3) Little to no smell (or manageable smell). Properly working compost can smell like fresh dirt. Commercial composting toilets have small vents intended for venting odors and excess humidity.

4) If urine is routed to a grey water tank that most skoolies still require, then it may be dumped as grey water until someone says otherwise. Common sense on where you dump grey water prevales. It's mostly water with a little soap, some food partials and a little urine. This is no more dangerous than washing your car, tossing a sandwich and peeing behind a tree. Still, some may say the aforementioned is dangerous and polluting. Let your conscience be your guide.

The drawbacks of a composting toilet:

1) Handling. If you're queasy about handling poo in any way, this may not be for you. Generally, if the urine is separated the compost will be less offensive, less smelly and less weight. If urine is collected in a side container then that container must also be handled and dumping urine is not without odor. Side containers must be dumped more often and neglect can lead to spills or overflowing. Not fun.

2) Composting material is required. How much depends largely on usage, urine diversion or not, media, time of year, alignment of the planets, etc. Most of us purchase the media such as peat moss, coconut coir or cat litter. Some of us have a source of sawdust and wood chips. Secret formulas abound. Oooooooo! The point is you'll need to carry some with you and make it available for use. That can be a downside when space is at a premium.

3) Not pretty to look at, or, the whole idea of sitting above someone else's business... The commercial varieties can be a little less offensive to look at but, you know. YOU KNOW!!! (sorry, had to put that in there. LOL) Be it a five gallon bucket or a bench seat, it's different, and most of don't really like different at first. We have to try it a few times. And if we don't die, we give time for our opinions to change.

4) If the composting toilet has a urine diverter then standing to pee is out. (Did I hear some women cheering?) If you just HAVE to stand on occasion then you may need to re-think your life. Or add a urinal. Or an rv toilet and a black water tank.

I'm sure I've left stuff out but I think that sums it up.

Regards!

Ross

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You should also add that using black water drastically increases your chance of contracting Hepatitis A. All it takes is a tiny dot splashed on your lip, nostril, hangnail or open wound.
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Old 03-04-2017, 06:44 PM   #200
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I haven't seen anyone mention using ash from their fireplace to sprinkle on the duce, Seems like it would work well or did i just invent huma-crete ?

Wondering if you had a large composting system that was under the bus and insulated with a stainless steel tubing coil on the bottom so as to pre-heat your hot water. I've read teps can reach 130F during the process.
Also wondering if compost was fully dried could it be used as fuel to heat your rocket stove? I know you can extract methane. So many options with this precious substance that we are just flushing down the toilet, literally... lol

Here is a wonderful us for it as well, Wash that stake down with some asparagus flavored urine and you got a 4 star meal.

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