Cool way to make a sawdust toilet

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Author: J.A. Hayes
Wednesday, November 26, 2003 - 9:35 am
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I just made a sawdust toilet set up for my seasonal camp in Northern New England. I took a standard tool box bought at Home Depot. I cut a hole in the center and installed a toilet seat. I lined the bottom of the toilet seat with weatherstripping to seal it. A five gallon bucket fits perfectly into the tool box under the toilet seat and the whole unit makes a nice neat looking toilet. I then cut a three inch hole off to the side of the top of the tool box and placed a length of 3" PVC pipe up through the roof of the "outhouse" as a vent. I installed a piece of stainless steel screen into the PVC pipe to keep out flies. I did this because the toilet is only used on weekends, so the bucket will not be emptied too frequently. We just started using it and it seems to be working great. We will construct our compost bin this weekend......

Author: Anonymous
Wednesday, November 26, 2003 - 5:25 pm
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I don't think you want to leave your humanure in
the bucket for a week,make it your last chore
before leaving the camp to empty the bucket onto
your compost pile,put some newspaper in the bottom
of your bucket,sort of line the bottom,then put
some sawdust in to catch the first use,but leaving
humanure in a bucket for a week is not good,empty
it when you leave to go back to town...just a
suggestion..

Author: J.A. Hayes
Thursday, November 27, 2003 - 6:54 pm
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Thanks, for the tip. We are quite new at this! The vent was probably not nesessary, if we are going to empty the bucket each weekend. Is it okay to place the above mentioned newspaper in the compost pile? We actually are using peat moss rather than sawdust....any comments on this?

Author: Anonymous
Friday, November 28, 2003 - 2:00 pm
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the point of the newspaper is to line the bucket
so stuff does'nt get into the crease at the bottom
of the bucket,it just makes it easier to clean,
you can put a scoop of peat moss or sawdust or
leaves or grass clippings,whatever,to start off
with as a base to absorb your first deposit,then
cover each deposit as you go...as to peatmoss,if
you don't have a good supply of sawmill sawdust,
or leaves or grass,then peatmoss is good..but some
peatmoss is harvested in a non-renewable way that
wrecked the peatbogs and some folks won't use it

Author: Joe Jenkins
Monday, December 01, 2003 - 12:46 pm
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The humanure can be left in the bucket until it's full and needs emptied. The delay in adding it to a compost pile won't be a problem. The vent is not needed. Keep the contents covered with a clean cover material at all times. Fall leaves also make a good material to put in the empty bucket before using.

Author: J.A. Hayes
Tuesday, December 02, 2003 - 9:29 am
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Thanks for the help. I just received my copy of "The Handbook" so I understand much better now! The compost bins have been built and I excitedly dumped my first bucket of humanure on top of the straw base just yesterday, along with some kitchen scraps. I am so glad that I did not dig a "pit", as I was going to do......

Author: Herb_Wis
Wednesday, December 03, 2003 - 10:32 am
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Getting rid of the pit is a GREAT thing.

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