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Mike Brink: If I ever make a composting toilet again I'm going to use 1 or 2 little cheap 12v computer tower fan inside the vent tube and have it hooked to a little 5 watt 12 v solar panel so when the suns out the fan will run as an exhaust fan to constantly suck urine moisture and odor away. My 1st composting toilet got filled with urine too fast even with a vent tube and the vent tube really needs to be vented to the outside. I might add a small rechargeable battery to one fan so when u have to go, u can turn on the inline exhaust fan before u even start stinking the place up and switch fan off when ur done. It would help keep floating sawdust down to. Any fine powdery dust would get sucked away by the fan when sprinkle sawdust on top when finished. Instead of the dust floating up out of the bowl area.

Ethelyn Schaeffer: Could a person put coconut fiber on the bottom (worms love it), then soil with a couple worms, then peat moss ...and poop! ...topped with peat moss. What do you think? Tell me, I'm new and thinking on this.

doucepoesie: Thumbs UP

SirLobsterman: read the last part of the comment " I think having a bucket and emptying it periodically into a composting drum would be much easier and definitely more sanitary than this set up." it's much easier and cleaner to have the composter separate.

MrArglbargle: It's used a couple of times a year by four to six people for a few day's. A five gallon bucket would not be large enough. I have also upgraded the system and made a new video. Check it out! it works well for my needs. 

baddoggie101: Toilet paper smoilet paper, I use a spatula.

SirLobsterman: if you're going to only use it a couple times a year, wouldn't it be more efficient to use a 5 gallon bucket to hold it in and not the whole drum? seems ridiculous to have to empty such a big thing that's rarely used. I think having a bucket and emptying it periodically into a composting drum would be much easier and definitely more sanitary than this set up. 

MrArglbargle: Yes it does have holes

Lou jones: does the tubing at the bottom have holes in it > if not i dont know what the purpose of the tubing is ?? bajalou2@yahoo.com

MrArglbargle: Usually it's broken down pretty good, when I get there in the spring. I try to plant a tree every year so I use it as a soil amendment for the tree. No problems yet. I have also upgraded this to a urine diverting toilet. I made a new video.

s delcano: If you use it only 2x a year, what has been your experience since you`ve had it installed (2010?) vis-a-vis the length of time it takes to compost, and to be ready to use? 

tinker38801: kind of like a cat box..............

MrObveous777: thanks =]

MrArglbargle: Im not sure. Three months? You should build one and let us know :^) 

MrObveous777: if one person were to use it on a daily basis how long would it take to fill up of course if I had the vent coming out of the roof

MrArglbargle: An outhouse is often a hole in the ground. Outhouses are illegal in allot of places in the U.S. because the waste can leach into the water table. A composting toilet is self contained, it gets the waste to a composted state that can be used as a soil amendment. (for non edible plants). Many commercial composting toilets can be used indoors as well.

gvbhdghdf: what if its from a human who doesn't eat meat

MrArglbargle: Thanks! 

MrArglbargle: I empty it about once a year when I go up to me land. I usually use the compost as a soil amendment for when I plant a tree. You do want the compost to sit aside and "rest" for awhile before using it.

Jen Ju: How often do you empty this? What do you do with the compost?
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