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« on: November 26, 2009, 12:32:17 PM »

In my quest both in being green & getting rid of the messy, smelly and bulky space robbing black tank I would like to build a composting toilet. Not a bucket to poop in but a true fast composting toilet such as the commercial models you find for $3000.00.

They claim full time usage by a family of 2 or 3 for 6 months to a year before needing dumped and no odor. Anybody have any first hand experience or knowledge of how these operate and ideas of building one. If I could find a used or reasonably priced base that does the composting I would consider buying that part but have my own plans and design for the toilet itself. 
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« Reply #1 on: November 26, 2009, 12:46:00 PM »

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« Reply #2 on: November 26, 2009, 12:51:37 PM »

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« Reply #3 on: November 26, 2009, 01:11:46 PM »

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« Reply #4 on: November 26, 2009, 01:18:16 PM »

how much solar?

Lots!
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« Reply #5 on: November 26, 2009, 03:59:23 PM »

Sorry I asked Huh
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« Reply #6 on: November 26, 2009, 04:21:22 PM »

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« Reply #7 on: November 26, 2009, 04:24:17 PM »

Dont Be SORRY...Just Answer The Question. We Are Trying To Answer Your Question But Need More Info First.

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« Reply #8 on: November 26, 2009, 05:12:12 PM »

Wait a minute, fella. Let's slow down, and be an adult.

If you ask a question, expect a response. I have noticed this on a couple of threads, and I think I will finally comment. If you ask a question, and don't like the response, then suck it up, take a deep breath, and answer polity, and in this case, give the requested info. People need to learn to have thick skin, a ducks back, and a broad set of shoulders. Really, I find this very amusing. If you ask a question, and somebody else asks for clarification, just simply answer the man. Don't get all offended and leave with hurt feelings....

I think, this kind of stuff will hurt the bus board. Don't let the stuff bother you...and besides, asking a simple question, should not be offensive.

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I will get off of my soapbox now Grin.

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« Reply #9 on: November 26, 2009, 05:35:30 PM »

Folks on one of the sailing forums I visit have asked the same thing.
The consensus is that there is no free lunch...while it may work in a shack up in the mountains...it is not practical for as much use as it would see in a bus or boat. 
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« Reply #10 on: November 26, 2009, 05:52:33 PM »

I replied to how it would be powered "SOLAR" I have the power & heating issue covered. I currently have a Solar PV panel & a Solar hot water panel and building a solar heat collector.

Was asking if anybody had first hand knowledge how they were built or worked. Not an uninformed answer of "Lots"

So again, does anybody actually know how they work and a good idea of how to build one?
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« Reply #11 on: November 26, 2009, 05:57:52 PM »

Was asking if anybody had first hand knowledge how they were built or worked. Not an uninformed answer of "Lots"


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You do need to lighten up, and not take life so seriously. I was replying to Dallas....Besides, "lots" could have meant anything. It could have meant that they were used in "lots" of conversions etc....

It's all okay, pal. You'll be fine Shocked.

BTW, that was a better attempt at asking a question. Remember, people are taking their time to answer you. Whenever one asks a question, they should be grateful for replies....

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« Reply #12 on: November 26, 2009, 06:58:38 PM »

There is also some of us that would like to know what it takes to run that system. A lot, is not a very informative answer. Remeber we all learn from the answers to your questions.
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« Reply #13 on: November 26, 2009, 07:13:56 PM »

I don't know first hand but......One of the Flxible's that was at TBR this year had one, been in place for several years. He was taking it out, don't remember why. I did notice a foul smell though, I was polite enough to not say anything. I do know they use a lot of energy in order to do the work.

One of the Eagles had one of these installed. I do not know anything about it other than it's Marine and the owner really liked it, had it for several years.



If you Google you should be able to come up with power usage.

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« Reply #14 on: November 26, 2009, 07:23:39 PM »

Sooooo... From what I can glean from this.....A composting toilet needs power to "heat" the material?  As much sense as that makes, how hot does the "container" need to be kept?  Ambient where I intend to be during the winter months should be 65 degrees during the day and maybe 40 at night.  I I used engine coolant for heating could I go without heat for a couple weeks and then let it catch up?  My propane will run my refer for months and what is the comparison in usage.  I don't want you to do my research but any discussion would be much appreciated.

I would spend a considerable amt of propane to get the space my Black Tank occupies.  Not to mention the plumbing and freeze proofing....emptying...maintenance.  If it gets emptied annually it is a time saver as well.  I have a great deal of heartburn with dealing with a system that contains this much shiX just as a matter of personal ethics and I, for one, would think long and hard.  $3,000 is the deal breaker, though.  I wonder if the Green Sites on the net would have info?  Just figure the odds on that.

Help!

Hope you are all full  of turkey and feeling down right nappy,

John
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