Buckets of pee

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Author: Anonymous
Sunday, December 14, 2003 - 8:57 pm
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Hello,
We have a traditional outdoor outhouse building with a sawdust toilet rather than a pit. This is located at a cottage used just on weekends. It is winter here now and often well below zero, so we pee into a "chamber pot" during the night rather than trek to the outhouse. The outhouse is frankly used mostly for sh*tting! Is it okay to just dump the bucket of pee into the compost pile in the morning, as is? The compost pile is frozen solid right now and we are using straw as a cover material for the compost and peat moss in the outhouse toilet.
Thanks

Author: Joe Jenkins
Monday, December 15, 2003 - 7:31 pm
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Yes, you can just dump the urine directly into the compost. I use a similar system (urinal upstairs in the house for convenience at night), but the chamber pot is instead a 5 gallon bucket with a tight lid and filled with sawdust from the beginning. When full of urine, it all goes into the compost.

The sawdust toilet works much better when it remains indoors and doesn't freeze, by the way.

Author: Anonymous
Tuesday, December 16, 2003 - 11:36 pm
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Thanks, Joe. Even if we did keep the sawdust toilet inside the cottage, it would freeze up when the woodstove goes out when we close up camp at the end of the weekend, so we decided to go with the outhouse. I will try the sawdust bucket for the nighttime pee. That should work out well, and we will only have to empty it once, at the end of the weekend.

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