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Old 29-09-2015, 06:28   #376
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Re: Composting Toilet - Nature's Head

Some diatomaceous earth added to the compost bin should take care of any bug problems.
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We have also found coco coir in pet supply stores in the reptile aisle and have had good luck with it. It's the same price as what we find online, but no shipping and sometimes easier to get to than trying to find a place to have your mail forwarded or a package sent if you're cruising.
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I've had mine over a year and I love it. More and more as I hear other sailor's crapper woes.
I have Zero smell, Zero trouble and almost Zero cost of use. Coconut coir costs about $10 for a full replacement. I live alone on my boat and I've only had to replace the coconut coir 2X. $20!!! How many pumpouts have I avoided @ $56???
I highly recommend a composting head and in particular the Airhead.
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We have also found coco coir in pet supply stores in the reptile aisle and have had good luck with it. It's the same price as what we find online, but no shipping and sometimes easier to get to than trying to find a place to have your mail forwarded or a package sent if you're cruising.
Pet stores in our part of the world are pretty few and far between. More likely to find recipes for Iguana than we are to find coco coir for them.

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All we do is squirt a little water (via fine-mist spray bottle) down the urine track after every use. So far this has left us smelling pretty through normal use. I only notice the smell when I empty the bottle. Every once in a while we do a vinegar cleaning of the bottle. Seems to keep things palatable, but I may try adding a bit of dish soap to the squirt bottle.
Me too, only I squirt cheap white vinegar instead of water. Also I cut the fiberglass between the two holes so it's a long oval shape to allow cleaning with a brush. (Why did NH put 2 holes, when people have only one?)

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Pet stores in our part of the world are pretty few and far between. More likely to find recipes for Iguana than we are to find coco coir for them.

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You never have mail shipped in? We travel with a year's worth of cococoir (Still smaller than a holding tank) and we certainly have our mail shipped to us several times during that time. Amazon ships to our mail forwarding service who ships to us. There's always a way, even if you can't walk into the pet store to buy it.
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You never have mail shipped in? We travel with a year's worth of cococoir (Still smaller than a holding tank) and we certainly have our mail shipped to us several times during that time. Amazon ships to our mail forwarding service who ships to us. There's always a way, even if you can't walk into the pet store to buy it.
I usually carry about 6 months of compressed coir in about the same space as a standard sized bucket. The bricks lay nicely against our hull under the head sink, and really take up very little room. I hear Amazon shipping is very easy just about everywhere, although I've yet to put that to the test.

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Me too, only I squirt cheap white vinegar instead of water. Also I cut the fiberglass between the two holes so it's a long oval shape to allow cleaning with a brush. (Why did NH put 2 holes, when people have only one?)
One thing I've done is add a bead of caulk arcing over the top end of the urine catchment zone. I found that sometimes I would get backwash up the oval during high volume discharges, usually after having a few beers . This addition solved that problem.
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