Fine ground pine mulch in place of sawdust for sawdust toliet????

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  1. texastami

    texastami Zone 7B Supporter

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    Another emergency question.... in preparing for the hurricane, I want to get my sawdust toliet functional (don't care what the "HOA" would say at this point!!)

    For those who use composting toliets.... Can I use finely ground Pine mulch in place of sawdust??? We are out of sawdust at the local place.... Of all the times to be OUT of sawdust!!! ARGH!
     
  2. Cyngbaeld

    Cyngbaeld In Remembrance Supporter

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    Yes, but it doesn't have to be too fine.
     

  3. sancraft

    sancraft Well-Known Member

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    Peat moss works well too. We used that when sawdust was no available.
     
  4. Pony

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    Peat moss (dampen it first); cedar cat litter if they still have it at your local big box store... Do you have a Tractor Supply Company nearby? We use their big ol' bag of wood shavings.

    Good luck, Tami.

    Pony!
     
  5. Mid Tn Mama

    Mid Tn Mama Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Why not throw a handful of dirt on the pine needles. That's also readily available to you without any further changing.
     
  6. Randy Rooster

    Randy Rooster Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I use a medium ground pine bark in my outhouse toilet and it seems to work fine soaking up all the funk. Good luck with the storm.
     
  7. highlands

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    Anything high in carbon works. We use newspaper time to time. We get tons of it free at the general store - we take their excess papers saving them dumping fees. Useful for all sorts of things...
     
  8. bbbuddy

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    We used a sawdust bucket for a year and a half for an experiment before we moved, and we used bagged wood pellets. They fall apart immediatly when wetted and expand and get fluffy. We mixed it with some (not much) peat moss. 1 bag lasted about a month. Didn't matter that it was damp.
    Worked like a champ.
    Of course, we also had straw for the compost bin.
    Used less than 2 bales of peat moss in that time.
    Cheap and easy to store is a big plus....
     
  9. Mid Tn Mama

    Mid Tn Mama Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Gosh, if it were me, I'd just shred the tons of paper packaging that comes in to this house from the grocery store. And throw a little dirt on that each time. Kill two birds with one stone, so to speak.