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Old 09-06-2018, 06:26   #166
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Composting toilet: rules, regulations, and "real life" use etc.?

Two ďkidsĒ. HS and college age. Yes it is vented.

I think there is way too much paper in there. I was going to try to let the paper go in, but I guess not. Maybe with one or two people using it paper in there would be ok.

But there is no smell!
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Two “kids”. HS and college age. Yes it is vented.

I think there is way too much paper in there. I was going to try to let the paper go in, but I guess not. Maybe with one or two people using it paper in there would be ok.

But there is no smell!
are they rollers or wadders. ( with the paper)
it makes a lot of difference wadding uses well over twice possibly up to 4 times the tp .
And all that wood fibre will cause issues . Separate lined lidded container will solve that issue.
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we have a small waste/trash container that we put the toilet paper in.
no smell and easy to dispose of.
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After about two weeks of heavy use (the wife and kids were on the boat) the crank has become very hard to turn. I read that putting in coffee grounds mike help, but it hasnít. There is a lot of toilet paper in there I see! Could that be whatís clogging up the works?

Iím wondering if I need to dump it and start afresh.
Youíre really saying four adults, full time, for two weeks. We average four to six weeks, two adults, full time. So four adults over two weeks adds up to about the same.

Iíd say youíre done. Iíd dump.

These heads are really designed for two, perhaps three people, for full time use. More that that is possible, but it will definitely shorten your cycle times. You can try adding more coir, but Iíd just dump and start fresh.

With regard to TP, our feces paper goes in the toilet. My partner diverts her urine wipes to a baggie. This amount seems to be no problem (in fact, I think my partner could also dump her urine paper, but thatís her choice).

But I will say, we both use as little as possible to get the job done. Coming from a wilderness camping background, itís just second-nature to use small amounts. Iím talking 2 to 4 squares most of the time.

So if you have crew that are using huge globs of paper, then it will certainly have an impact on how the head works.
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My preference is a bum gun, bidet for you Euros.

Once used to that, TP seems so uncivilized.

But a big challenge for this context.
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My preference is a bum gun, bidet for you Euros.

Once used to that, TP seems so uncivilized.

But a big challenge for this context.
But a butt washer uses so much water and where would that water go ? Not a valid option for composters ( IMO). Personally I use baby wipes. Buy them by the case one each time I poo ( get the ones with aloe in them ( helps stop monkey butt to)
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They go into the trash can. No stink.
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But a butt washer uses so much water and where would that water go ? Not a valid option for composters ( IMO)
As I said, a big challenge.

But certainly valid, if someone wants to take it on, not rocket science, in some contexts might even be practical.

Sea water would be fine for me.
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Youíre really saying four adults, full time, for two weeks. We average four to six weeks, two adults, full time. So four adults over two weeks adds up to about the same.



Iíd say youíre done. Iíd dump.



These heads are really designed for two, perhaps three people, for full time use. More that that is possible, but it will definitely shorten your cycle times. You can try adding more coir, but Iíd just dump and start fresh.



With regard to TP, our feces paper goes in the toilet. My partner diverts her urine wipes to a baggie. This amount seems to be no problem (in fact, I think my partner could also dump her urine paper, but thatís her choice).



But I will say, we both use as little as possible to get the job done. Coming from a wilderness camping background, itís just second-nature to use small amounts. Iím talking 2 to 4 squares most of the time.



So if you have crew that are using huge globs of paper, then it will certainly have an impact on how the head works.

Thanks. I will go ahead and dump.

I often leave the boat for a month at a time. Will it be OK to leave compost alone that long with no cranking? Does the compost need to be cranked often? Or, if I know I wonít be back for a month or so should I just dump and leave empty?
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Thanks. I will go ahead and dump.

I often leave the boat for a month at a time. Will it be OK to leave compost alone that long with no cranking? Does the compost need to be cranked often? Or, if I know I wonít be back for a month or so should I just dump and leave empty?
No problem whatsoever. In fact, if you're going to be away for a month, don't even bother dumping. When you get back, the compost will be very dry and ready to go again.
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Thanks. I will go ahead and dump.

I often leave the boat for a month at a time. Will it be OK to leave compost alone that long with no cranking? Does the compost need to be cranked often? Or, if I know I wonít be back for a month or so should I just dump and leave empty?
You could dump before you go, but it should be fine to leave it. Give it a good churn before you leave, and keep the vent running. When you get back it should be well on its way to full compost. Youíll likely want to dump it soon after you get back, but it will be really nice at that point.

One cautionary bit of experience though; One time when I left the boat for a long time (could have been a month or more) I came back to a big fly infestation. Turns out my vent fan had stopped working. My conclusion was that the pile actually got so dry that it created enough fine dust which then clogged and stopped the vent fan.
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I think Iím gonna dump. We had some fruit onboard for this trip and I saw a couple of fruit flies around. I donít want a fly infestation.

Plus, I need to learn how to do the dump process anyway.
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Well, the dump process was very easy. I bought some biodegrading kitchen size trash bags. Stretched one over the opening, and flipped it. Only a slight musty smell.

I think maybe I put too much compost in initially. It was quite a bit over half way full when I dumped it. Is it possible the coir expended more with use? Maybe I should start out with less than half of the toilet container.
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Thanks. I will go ahead and dump.

I often leave the boat for a month at a time. Will it be OK to leave compost alone that long with no cranking? Does the compost need to be cranked often? Or, if I know I wonít be back for a month or so should I just dump and leave empty?


I would dump. Had a friend who left his for over 2 months after their cruise. When they came back to the boat it had dried to the consistency of concrete! Hard to clean out but could be climate dependent.
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You could dump before you go, but it should be fine to leave it. Give it a good churn before you leave, and keep the vent running. When you get back it should be well on its way to full compost. Youíll likely want to dump it soon after you get back, but it will be really nice at that point.



One cautionary bit of experience though; One time when I left the boat for a long time (could have been a month or more) I came back to a big fly infestation. Turns out my vent fan had stopped working. My conclusion was that the pile actually got so dry that it created enough fine dust which then clogged and stopped the vent fan.

What's the trick for the flies? Did I read about some kind of pest strip you can hang in the toilet?


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What's the trick for the flies? Did I read about some kind of pest strip you can hang in the toilet?
I suppose you could do that. The first line of defence is to make sure your vent screens are intact and in place. Then use coir, not peat. Peat seems to be much more prone to bug infections.

Maintain the right moisture level; dry is better than moist. A moist pile is the environment that bugs like.

Some people report using Diatomaceous earth in their pile to kill off bugs. Iíve never needed this, but might give it a try if bugs became an issue.

There really is an art and science to all this. After a few cycles youíll get a good feel for how to maintain the right moisture balance.
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