Home › Forums › SUSTAINABLE CONSTRUCTION, ENERGY and WATER CONSERVATION › Building and Construction › Composting toilets
February 1, 2013 at 6:42 pm #257583
Just wondering if anyone has experience with composting toilets. We installed a Rotaloo last winter. We chose to have a urine diverting pedestal as we thought this would hasten the composting process.
We have been really pleased with it. It looks good and no smell at all.
Our problem is with small flues (like vinegar flies). When it gets warm they produce like the proverbial and the loo isn’t very inviting, particularly to visitors!
We have tried spraying fly spray down the chute yo no avail.
We are now hanging fly papers down the chute and although they have reduced, they are still there when its warm.
Any ideas would be so very welcome!February 1, 2013 at 7:08 pm #530862
try comfrey leavesFebruary 1, 2013 at 10:15 pm #530863
we have a Nature loo and sometimes have the same problem …….. the solution is pour boiling water into the toilet to kill them ……… be careful using flyspray a it can kill the microbes that breakdown the compostFebruary 2, 2013 at 7:35 am #530864
we had a nature-loo, great system so versatile, only thing ever happend was with their older style of lid, which they replaced under warranty used to let the soldier flies inand their maggots did a geat job of working the pile. so with new lid no flies or bugs of any sorts, we introduced composting worms, and used dried mushroom compost to cover fresh stool.
would still like to have one.
lenFebruary 2, 2013 at 11:25 am #530865
Do you have the fan option installed?
It may not help with the vinegar flies, but might reduce the odour as it is taken to a different area.
Failing that, have you contacted RotaLoo themselves (or the installers) to see if they have advice. I’m thinking they’ve come across this problem previously.
:whistle:February 2, 2013 at 7:24 pm #530866
Thank you for the suggestions. I will refrain from using the fly spray. We have tried comfrey to no avail, but will persist. We do have fan fitted and I wonder if the mix is too dry, given we have the urine separating pedestal. I will see what Rota Loo ave to suggest too.
Other than the vinegar fly issue we are very happy with it.
Regards, DawnFebruary 2, 2013 at 8:07 pm #530867
we had a similar problem, not in the rota loo but in the smaller sunmar and found that the “brew”had pecome acidic for some reason and a sprinkle of garden lime fixed it. It may work for you too. Good luck.March 29, 2013 at 8:07 pm #530868
Can I ask how easy it is to retrofit a composting toilet to an already built house? Septic tank has crapped itself and so as a result the ‘going to do it one day’ composting toilet replacing the water wasting flush affair has become top priority.
We have a family of 6 and an upstairs loo and a downstairs loo. Darling hubby is new to the farming/ alternative game and I am pretty sure he would have a conniption if I suggested pooping in a bucket so I have been looking into NatureLoo which seems to be getting good reviews.
Also greywater systems….at present we have a concrete tank in the ground that all the greywater from the house goes to and it pumps out periodically. It does have a greasetrap on it but thats the sum total of the treatment it gets. Is this enough? What would you recommend?March 30, 2013 at 5:45 pm #530869
Haven’t had any experience yet outside of a bucket and some biodegradable bags ;o
We plan on building a proper composting toilet once we get our brick press up and running.
The design we are using will be copied from what Milkwood had done for their own composting toilet.
Very simple, very elegant and very cheap compared to the alternative options.
Here is the basic design I am talking about;
Of course it isn’t complete as you can see, but it gives you an idea of just how it’s done.
There is another concept on my site of a combine two toilet building with laundry space.November 21, 2013 at 1:43 pm #530870
Has anyone get any other info or advice on compositing toilets? Thanks 🙂November 21, 2013 at 2:57 pm #530871
Throw in a handful of sawdust and try not to wee in it too much (thats what the citrus and compost pile is for)
Is what I was told by a friend who has one.
You must be logged in to reply to this topic.