After We got the ceiling in we decided it was time to get the composter in. I went with the big Sunmar ac/dc unit with the blower and heater. The DNR would not let me have an outhouse due to wetland issues. But the county would give me a permit. The DNR guy said, no, no digging in a wetland. I cant have a water source
( well) because state code states if you have a water source you have to have septic and the DNR (damn near russia) won't let me dig for a holding tank. So I got approved for the composter.
Now I will be honest. I did not think the bathroom through completely. We were still building when all the DNR stuff happened. So when it came time to install the composter I was limited as to which direction and where to place it so the vent stack would work. Sunmar states that you should not have more than 2- 45 degree angles and no horizontal runs at all in the vent stack. Well to run the stack up the gable wall outside, I ended up with a 2-45 and a 90 degree angle. But I also have a vent fan. One that can run on a battery or the electric one when I have the jennie running.
You can just see the edge of the power box on the wall on the left. That's where the unit plugs into.
The black tube is the waste tube. The gray one is the vent tube. I don't have the other tube hooked up with the blower in these pics. But it is hooked up now. You can see where I had to go through two I joists and then the outer wall. I have an 18 inch horizontal run. Not the best. Otherwise I would have had the vent stack coming through the bathroom floor right next to the commode and then to the outer wall (really stupid looking).
To the outer wall.
This is where the vent stack exits. I have a plate covering it until I got the rest of the vent pipe up mounted up the gable end.
We have been having venting issues. We have had odor issues even when running the electric vent fan. Mostly in the winter when no composting is taking place and the wood burner is running. I am getting a rather good up draft from the waste tube. I think it's because the stove is drawing the air. I need to solve this issue. It got pretty stinking by the end of hunting season this last November. I am open to any suggestions.
I thought maybe a fresh air vent on the hearth for the stove from the bottom of my crawl space. Would that help? I'm looking for ideas. Please advise.
I looked through Mountain Don's build. I saw that he had made a collection pit for his compost because he had issues of it not composting in the winter months.
It would have to be camouflaged. Or my other thought is to use two steel barrel for compost. Let is sit for 6 months before emptying it and then start some in the other barrel. I have been using the compost around my trees I have planted.
When I empty the composter I wear rubber gloves and a dust face mask. It's not too bad. What I need to do is get the Humanuare book that is out on the market. I don't know much about pathogens and toxicity of human waste.
The commode in the bathroom.