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Hi Joe Jenkins, thanks for being with us!
 
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I wonder if anyone has tried to compost humanure in a suburban environment. At least until I move to a more rural area, I'll have to check to make sure I don't scare my neighbors too much. Perhaps I should try culturing the finished humanure to test for E. coli on a gell plate.
 
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Hello Joe,
I've used the knowledge in your book composting human waste in multiple locations.  Reading your book was shocking as we had used outhouses where there were no flush toilets.

-Thanks!

I liked the three station method such that I proposed putting three holes right over the three stantions, sealing off two of the three so one hole is always in operation and taking deposits.  The other two are doing their two year rotation.

The dividers between the stantions were meant to be stone so no flow between stantions could occur and the floor of the stantions were cupped to hold any fluid and water proof so as not to reach ground water.

This design however, leaves only one of four sides open to the air where the composted material can be removed by a front end loader on a tractor at the end of each two year rotation.  Of course, this means the room housing the toilet has to be as large as the  three stantions (individual stantion size is determined by the number of depositors per year).  

In this manner, handling of human manure never occurs and the composted result, once all three are in rotation, is removed by tractor yearly.

Now I realize my design doesn't have enough space in it. My three stantion, one toilet bathroom would need 6" to 12" added to each side of the rock sealed area so that an upright inner slat wall with air gaps are needed.

Please comment on this design and point out the issues with it!


 
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Thank you for this awesome promotion, and welcome!

This book has been recommended to me many times, and I still haven't read it yet.  It's great to see it come back up on the radar.  Thanks for your excellent work.
 
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Hi everyone. This is Joe Jenkins. I do still mail free copies of the Humanure Handbook (now 4th edition) to any government regulator on behalf of anyone, no questions asked, just email me a mailing address (in the USA folks, please). I can also cut and paste excerpts out of the latest edition (which was released in May 2019) to answer questions.
 
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Thank you so much for (the previous edition of) your book and your youtubes. For years I have wanted to get into doing Humanure.

This Xmas things have really come together: I'm now with a partner who is in sync with my interests. One of my major Xmas gifts was my "new" humanure toilet. It was all made from salvaged materials (chair with broken wicker seat from the dump, 5 gallon bucket from the Chinese restaurant and plywood seat left over from other projects). So cool. AND it looks beautiful. I wish I could brag and show it off to you. But I'm such a luddite it took all my ingenuity to figure out finally how to write a post but damned if I can figure out how to attach a picture

WAIT ... I think I just figured out how to attach picture. Hope it worked.
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DIY humanure toilet made from chair with broken wicker seat, 5 gallon bucket, plywood seat
 
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Al Marlin wrote:. One of my major Xmas gifts was my "new" humanure toilet. It was all made from salvaged materials (chair with broken wicker seat from the dump, 5 gallon bucket from the Chinese restaurant and plywood seat left over from other projects).



My honest congrats for this  zero waste setup.
I  also had  such "chairy"  contraption, but my toilet  room 1,5x 1,5 m being equipped  with bath tube ,"normal" toilet and washing machine could hardly contain it. and now newly installed sink has occupied all the room for the toilet chair .
Anyway ... saw dust was often spilled around.
 
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Hello Joe,
Thank you for being a part of our community!
 
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We have four winners!

Huge Congratulations to:

Gene Short
Greg Martin
Thomas Dean
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I'm sending you each a PM (Purple Moosage)--please respond by Monday to claim your prize!
 
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Congrats guys!
 
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Congratulations, enjoy your new book!
 
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My congrats to the winners!

I'm jealous ;-)

Auuu! *(whimpering)
 
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Jura Rafal wrote:My congrats to the winners!

I'm jealous ;-)

Auuu! *(whimpering)



Jura, check out Joe Jenkin's post HERE. It looks like you might be able to read it for free?
 
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Nicole Alderman wrote:
Jura, check out Joe Jenkin's post HERE. It looks like you might be able to read it for free?



Nicole! Thanks so much!  

My whimpering was more about not wining the hard copy of the book signed by His Majesty :-)

Joe was even so kind to provide me with one chapter of the book (of a special interest to me) before the book was published.

I translated ( OCR-ed, and converted to MOBI/EPUB  )  most of the III edition of the humnanure handbook available in PDF.

Happy humanuring in the forthcoming 2020!
 
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is there anyway to purchase an ebook directly from you, joe? as opposed to amazon, etc? i didn't see that option in website...
 
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Ryan M Miller wrote:I wonder if anyone has tried to compost humanure in a suburban environment..

. We are in what could be called a suburban environment, and our system works fine.  When we empty the compost toilet, we put it into a holding bin where it ages for another year or two. Because of the wood shavings  or sawdust we use, it doesn't smell, even when taking it out of the house, so there is nothing to attract attention. When we empty the holding bin and spread the compost on our trees and shrubs, it is beautiful stuff.  I do wear bright yellow rubber gloves when doing this, so that might raise an eyebrow. But doing it early in the morning, or wearing clear latex gloves, would take care of that potential problem.  They never need know.
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Me emptying our Sunmar compost toilet. Minimal smell, no flies.
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just coming to this party. and want to thank Joe for his great BOOKS

in addition to Humanure Handbook.
I really enjoyed Zero Point. I first read both of them in the 1990's and shared them with others.

peace love and COMPOST!
 
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Gail Moore wrote:just coming to this party. and want to thank Joe for his great BOOKS

in addition to Humanure Handbook.
I really enjoyed Zero Point. I first read both of them in the 1990's and shared them with others.



OOOOPS. i meant to say your other book BALANCE POINT!

 
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