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Old 04-10-2014, 22:10   #31
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Re: DIY Composting Head

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Here's a thread on SailFar.net that talks about cheap/DIY composting heads:

The $10-20 (or even free) composting toilet
Seems to be working well for him.
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Old 05-10-2014, 19:05   #32
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long drop works well,no moving parts at all!

the ultimate KISS toilet
The origin of the nautical term "head" is often given as where on the ship the throne was placed on old sailing ships.

By my reckoning, the photo you posted is showing the source of the original meaning of "fantail."

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Ooops, I see the photo did not copy with the quote. So, simply look at earlier posted photo.
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There's no reason to ever have to touch the nasties when emptying the bucket. Carry it above decks with the lid screwed on tight, then dump overboard. Unless I trip and join the pooh in the drink, I'm good to go.

And there are no repairs...ever. A bucket can't break, spring a leak, get clogged, etc.
Then please re-title the thread "How to Pitch **** in the Water." Tell the truth. As for bucket and chuck it, that goes back as far as buckets, so what is the point in the discussion?


Just embarrassing. Do whatever your going to do and don't bother us with it... Unless you are really interested in composting. If so, design something and test it at home.
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Then please re-title the thread "How to Pitch **** in the Water." Tell the truth. As for bucket and chuck it, that goes back as far as buckets, so what is the point in the discussion? Just embarrassing. Do whatever your going to do and don't bother us with it... Unless you are really interested in composting. If so, design something and test it at home.
What I described is indeed a composting head (or, for the sticklers, a desiccating head) - not bucket and chuck it.

Bucket and chuck it does not involve separation of solids from liquids, nor the use of carbon rich material, nor ventilation (be it active or passive), nor mixing. Hence, it stinks, and you can't (or at least, most wouldn't want to) keep it around for long (hence the "chuck it" part of the system ). Whereas a composter/desiccator should not stink, so the wastes can be stored until such time as a convenient disposal opportunity presents itself (like next time you go 3m+ offshore).
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What I described is indeed a composting head (or, for the sticklers, a desiccating head) - not bucket and chuck it..
You may want to reread your original post. What you described is a bucket of S%#t with a toilet seat with an integral bottle of pi$$... Not a composting system.
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Kenomac is right. The OP mentions "carbon input" without specifying peat moss, sawdust, coir fiber, shredded paper, etc. which is needed for a composting/desiccating toilet. I recommend the SailFar. net discussion, by people living aboard with their DIY arrangements, based on a 5-gallon bucket with peat moss or the like. I'm experimenting with it on my boat, not living aboard. It doesn't stink.
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