Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Compost Toilet three month update.

I couldn't wait until tomorrow, I just had to change the bucket today such is my enthusiasm. ;D

I didn't actually change buckets but just tipped the full one into and empty one and retained a bit at the bottom to start off the next batch, as it were.

Two people for three months and shall we do a "guess the weight" competition? No, I will put you out of your misery, I can hear you all tittering into you tea. Just under 8 kg which is no weight at all really.

I have said before, there is only a slight whiff and that is one of horse manure and not really offensive. No nasty niffs like when you tread in dog poo. I must say that it is really dry and as such has not composted to a great extent. What must be done now is to cover the poo with a couple of inches of soil and moisten the contents. Leave the lid open slightly and leave for six months. It may need the odd watering I suppose, we'll see. I will make mine rat proof just in case and see how we get on.

For more information on the subject of Humanure try these.

http://www.sanitationventures.com/_pdf/Latrines-Literature-Review.pdf

http://oikos.com/library/compostingtoilet/pathogens.html

http://humanurehandbook.com/

the last can be read/downloaded chapter by chapter on line.

I am a very happy bunny. I haven't had to do anything to the toilet for three whole months. What joy, no smell, no fuss, no hassle, and Mrs B is happy too. [image]


Thursday, 2 May 2013

Quick update on the Compost Toilet.

Week ten and all is well.  It still baffles me how the ever larger bucket of poo can remain free of aroma.  Spring is here and there has been the odd time when the wind has dropped enough for the rotorcowl to stop rotating.  This has enabled me to access the end of the vent pipe and apply the nose.  Those familiar with horses will recognise the smell, the tangy perfume of the heap, not unpleasant and not overpowering and certainly not a sewage smellIt soon carries away on the air and after a couple of feet it is almost gone.

Inside remains sweet, the 20 litre bucket is a little over half full.  We have not made any effort to use other facilities so it looks like lasting at least three months, perhaps more.  This means that as yet there has been no opportunity to explore the next phase, that of finishing the composting.  Cleaning remains easy, using a wipe and paper towels to polish off.  The scale blocks in the front section have almost dissolved.  I use two at a time and so far seem to be lasting about a month.  A quick swill with water a paper towel brings things clean and shiny and perhaps is not really necesary but keeps Mrs B happy.

The fresh water is still lasting much longer (20%), no smell, warm and comfortable and no chemicals into the environment, brilliant all round.  Should have done it years ago.  It's the first time in years that I haven't had to think about toilets, sewage tanks or portapotties.  What joy.