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Old 02-02-2016, 01:40 PM   #57
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there ya go again, claiming your $#!+ don't stink . . .

great thread, great info, seems like a great product . . . they just need to make one with a porcelain bowl . . . or somehow reshape the whole thing so it looks like it was made in the '50's / '60's, then I'd maybe cross over.
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There is a 12 volt fan that continuously and slowly exhausts air from the compost receptacle. In this case, Mike has connected the exhaust hose to his black tank vent stack and the wire is undoubtedly powering the fan.
I think that fan introducing oxygen into the composting bin is what keeps the odor down. The odor of breaking down human waste is mostly caused by anaerobic bacteria. When anaerobic bacteria digest the waste they give off sulfides which cause the sewer odor. Aerobic bacteria do not give off the sulfides. If you can put a fan powering in fresh air to your black water tank, and venting up the vent system it would virtually eliminate the odor of the black water tank. Oxygen promotes the growth of aerobic bacteria and impedes the growth of anaerobic bacteria.
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Whatever the trick is with those compositing toilets I wish they'd share with the Forest Sevice vault toilet crew...

Anyway, as part timers, we're not quite there ready for the composting toilet. What would be extremely cool, is a built-in composting toilet that dropped the waste down into larger tanks below the floor. Then the toilet would be emptied from the exterior.

Another one to add to the "Boondocking Airstream" Thread.
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Ah, those Forest Service vault toilets are sewage nightmares - everything goes into the same pit and then it stinks to high heaven.

Compost toilets separate the pee from the poo. This seems to be a big part of the magic sauce, as it were.

Let's start a movement!
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Whatever the trick is with those compositing toilets I wish they'd share with the Forest Sevice vault toilet crew...

Anyway, as part timers, we're not quite there ready for the composting toilet. What would be extremely cool, is a built-in composting toilet that dropped the waste down into larger tanks below the floor. Then the toilet would be emptied from the exterior.

Another one to add to the "Boondocking Airstream" Thread.
Sort of a composting cassette toilet. Might be possible and more convenient. Liquid into black and or gray tanks and composte into cassette.
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When I empty mine, the entire toilet goes outside. There is not enough room inside to empty the composting bin.
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This particular toilet is a Urine-diverting dry toilet which is the key to odor control and biohazard control.

Considering how weird this is for most people, I don't think the forest service could use UDDT's because the average person wouldn't know how to use it. And would end up peeing in the compost or something else. Not to mention the problem with trash in pit toilets they all seem to have.
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... Not to mention the problem with trash in pit toilets they all seem to have.
Sometimes that trash is placed there with genuine artistic intention. I lived in Austin Texas during the dot-com bust. Austin was (and is) tech-heavy and was hit incredibly hard by that down-turn. A fired employee took his corporate ID badge and embedded it upright and perfectly centered in the mountain of feces in a Barton Creek Greenbelt pit toilet. He didn't just toss it in randomly - he was clearly channeling the famous Christ the Redeemer statue in Brazil. I'm pretty sure that pictures of it showed up on chat boards everywhere.


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When I empty mine, the entire toilet goes outside. There is not enough room inside to empty the composting bin.
Is it pretty easy to remove and take outside? The videos the Wynns have done certainly look like it is.
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Is it pretty easy to remove and take outside? The videos the Wynns have done certainly look like it is.

Very easy. 2 bolts each side. Lift it up and off. I also cap and remove the urine bottle first.
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MrPrez answered it. Very easy to remove. And it doesn't feel that heavy either.
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We used a portopotty for a while and dumping it which had a lot if liquid in it was a non issue, as much as three or four gallons. So I imagine dumping a dry composting toilet would be a non issue, lots easier and less messy. Good camping.
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