“Fresh” excrement smells because it contains bacteria’s of the colon system. These bacteria die when the come in contact with oxygen. The paper covering the excrement is rich in oxygen. This way an odorless, tight packet of….'papier maché', is created. All you see when you look into the toilet bowl is a grey paper mass. Pour a glass of water over this heap every now and again and you have a perfect seal, and it will be of no interest to flies or other insects. The urine slides right of this heap and is drained away, thereby separating faeces and urine.
Dont bother to separate pee and poop. Why would you want to upset your N/P/K ballance?
I have been experimenting with a worm farm toilet, have been using it for over 6 months and have had no problems
Joop Corbin - swomp wrote:
And first of all, the sliding to the side as the piramid grows isnt really a problem.
The paper towels we use are the same surface as the square bucket we have standing in it.
even if something kinda...ehm...squirts out from the side, you can just cover it with an additional paper towel. i usually keep a bucket with dirt or sawdust next to it for when the excrament have a less solid appearance. We dont have any problems with smell.
but here is the thing, we have a problem with cold. as you can see in the drawing, the point that the urine goes out to the water filtration is really narrow. 8 or 12 mm i think. and in the winter it freezes shut. so the bucket just fills u if we urinate...
now how does that work out with the humanure version? if i remember it right the liquid is drained from those as well, isn't it? or does the sawdust soaks that up?
And this is because everything is covered completely in one maner or another, and the urine is mostly drained away - yes?
yep, that is why it freezes up. we are still busy building our living machine, but in the end the pipe should flow directly into the living machine. wrapping something around this pipe could stop the cold a bit, but in the end it just freezes about -15 degrees celcius...
Can you explain your water filtration st up? It sounds like your urine tube is going directly outside into the elements and temperatures. Is this correct?
Since you've been using your system for some time - do you have to clean the urine drain(s) to help with smell issues? How often do you empty/clean your buckets?
Leah Sattler wrote:
for anyone with an interest in composting toilets