Josh Hatton wrote:I don't think it's normal I think it's the sawdust but I'd like to hear from others.
I've got 5 buckets that I have to empty every week which seems like a lot compared to others. To keep the smell down we have to add alot of sawdust which allows 3 maybe 4, #2's. It's a cedar sawdust and not very fine.
Only two adults use this bucket, we don't go #1 in bucket unless it happens during #2 and we aren't big people either. She's 110lb and 5'3", I'm 180lb and 6'.
Any help would be great
But there's one thing I was shown that I didn't read of you doing. My friend showed me this. After a #2, I would sprinkle a little dirt on, to provide microbes to start decomposition. Then a small handfull of sawdust. Then the lid with the screen, so that moisture could leave and air could get in, but not flies. The lid was a plastic bucket lid with a 4x6inch cut-out, that had a screen glued over the cut-out.
Al Freeman wrote:Michael Cox makes a good point way down at the bottom of this post. That point being, you gotta pee in a composting toilet to make it work. Absolutely!
The truth of the matter is, urine contains urea, which is a nitrogen-based product. Adding this to the mix provides moisture, which facilitates thermophilic action. That's where it gets hot, if you don't want to look up the $5 word.
Secondly, it makes the pile 'fluid' more or less. A dry turd standing alone will eventually turn to soil, but if it's bathed in a solution of urine, the reaction goes probably a hundred times faster.
I know it smells, but that's the way the cookie crumbles. Use more cover (sawdust or crushed, dry leaves), if it's teasing at your nostrils. When you dump your bucket out, it should "slosh" into the compost pile and require only a slight water rinse to "clean" the bucket. Personally, I swish out the bucket with a squirt of hose water, then let it dry and reuse it right away. Of course, I have a few extra buckets on hand in case I wake up to snow or ice and don't want to fool with it. I empty my thunder mug (toilet) about every 4 days; hey at my age, I can use the exercise.
Bottom line here: Pee in your composting toilet!