Am a fan of humanure, however the problem arises as to what to do with all tha uurine?
Smells ...UG and seems a lot of it! Any suggestions?
Also interested in the incinerator toilets... want to know if they would work with solar?
Seem to take a lot of electricity.
Also same question about urine...Can they take care of all that urine?
Can you collect the urine separately, dilute with water and water woody shrubs and trees? (or, for the guys, pee right on the trees?)
I have an outdoor shower that I use almost exclusively to bathe in (because my climate is mild and it's plumbed with hot/cold water). I take the opportunity of being in the shower to pee down the drain as that greywater is reused to water a shade tree and vines that shade the back of my house. This includes the grapes that overhang my shower and the henyard. It's a fairly decent closed loop system.
And yes, I invite others to pee in my outdoor shower. Most people get a cheap thrill out of doing so!
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I don't know if you are a listener of the podcasts, Karen, but Paul has a number of episodes dealing with the topic of urine. He has one devoted exclusively to the topic of women peeing outdoors.
Human urine, as I understand it, is sterile and healthy for use as fertilizer in most cases (excepting on root vegetables for raw consumption like carrots or radishes) from healthy humans.
People who've discussed it on the forums here advocating bucket storage usually suggest a tight-fitting lid, some kind of liner, usually a paper bag, newspaper, or rarely plastic bag (though I suppose you could use the compostable kind) containing some kind of carbon absorption medium, like sawdust or wood chips. You could chop up your Christmas tree or someone elses and use that, which offers the added benefit of the scent of the tree. Or a mixture of all three, for diversity in edge and more aeration.
I think an incinerator toilet has less to do for urine than for the breaking down of persistent chemical contamination in human feces. This either requires, it seems to me, a situation where lots of high-temperature waste heat is already available, or a solar dehydrating approach and a series of stacked functions that lend themselves to biochar and require drastic measures for controlling chemical contamination.
A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.
-Robert A. Heinlein
We've been using the basic humanure setup for about a year now. Everything goes into the buckets and everything then gets dumped into the big compost bin. The urine keeps the moisture up without having to add supplemental water and works out great.
A humanure bucket should never smell if covered correctly with suitable material after each use.
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