It’s always exciting to see a new compost toilet video online… I’m not alone!
It really is simple- just read Humanure Handbook by Joe Jenkins a few times and get to it. It’s a great read and he knows what he’s doing…he backs the whole book with a ton of cited research.
The only area I differ from their process is that I also add my cat’s waste to the system, too.
Jenkins doesn’t make a strong claim in his book about composting pet waste- I’m willing to take the risk. I use swheat scoop cat litter and just add it to my compost toilet buckets along with my own deposits.
I let the pile sit for 18 months (instead of 12) and use the finished compost for solely horticultural purposes.
About once every six months, I make a trip out to the wood shop dumpster to get sawdust for my compost toilet system.
I checked with the shop in advance to see that they don’t use any treated wood and asked permission to stop by and fill up on sawdust.
Of course it benefits them since I’m lightening their waste load and I get free material to process my cat litter and compost toilet.
Videos coming soon…
We just had a quick snowstorm and it’s going down to 7F tonight… the pile is hanging in there just above 90F. It’s cool how the pile is melting the snow off the top. I feel like I could do a better job insulating the thing… this weekend’s deposit will hopefully keep the pile going.
Every time I open the tarp I worry that I’m going to lose all the heat, so I work as quickly as possible to keep the momentum going. I want to take a picture of the steam barreling off of it next time.
Would be nice to stay warm in there… well, maybe not!
Here’s my compost toilet bucket, part 1 of the weekly ritual. After dumping it into my bin, I then dump in my weekly kitchen scraps. Since it’s below freezing, I have to bring out a bucket of water from inside to rinse out the two containers.
After dumping the rinse water into the pile, I cover up the contents with the layer of leaves and finally the tarp. Maybe I should make a video of the whole process?