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We use a bucket toilet. You really need to follow the directions in the Humanure book to do it safely. You need to monitor the temperatures to make sure that the pile is heating up adequately. When building your outdoor compost heap, you first start with a "sponge"....The author uses a very thick layer of straw. Then each time you dump the contents of the toilet onto your outdoor heap, you cover it with straw, not more sawdust. The purpose of using a material like straw is that it traps air in the pile to ensure that it stays oxygenated and heats up well. You also need to make sure that it stays moist but not soggy. It's not hard, but there are a few basic things you should know. Read the book if you plan to do this. Some of it has a philosophical tone and most of it is crudely humorous, but I like it because of the valuable information about how to do this responsibly. You can read the book online for free, but it's worth it to own it. I read it online, but I still bought the book. I think I've absorbed more of the vital information having the book in hand. We use peat moss, and it works to keep the smell down just fine. I would like sawdust better, because I would like the look of a bucket of sawdust better than peat moss.....and because it doesn't have so much dust. Anyway, we have to empty the bucket about once every 3-4 days for the four of us. I think it fills up quicker with peat than it would with sawdust, but I don't know for sure. We use about one $7 bag of peat moss per month. It's easy to clean....just takes a few minutes. You can visit the forum at the Humanure website for more information.
 

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Well, I don't know where ya'll plan to bury it, but our property is a hill with every area sloping into creeks and eventually lakes. To make matters worse, we only have a few inches of soil, below which is bedrock. So we can't bury anything, and if it rained alot on our heap, then the leachate may run into the creek. Plus we plan to use the cured compost on our garden, which is safe to do if you monitor the temperature. If you plan to use the bucket toilet as a recepticle for an outhouse, then I guess you are doing something different than what's described in the Humanure Handbook. If you are basically doing an outhouse, then you don't necessarily need the information in the book. But if you were going to compost the manure and use it, then I recommend reading the book. I assumed since ya'll mentioned the Humanure handbook that we were talking about the techniques described in it.
 
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