The Humanure Handbook: A Guide to Composting Human Manure Kindle Edition
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I've just started the great humanure experiment with my newly made compost bin, so I'll have to wait a couple of years to see how it all shakes out. I've already been composting #1 for a few months and I'm working up the nerve to progress to #2! I can say that #1 is no problem; I've been doing it inside the house with no odor problems at all, and taking it outside is not the disgusting chore I feared it might be.
I do find it hilarious that there's a little star on the cover saying "Amazon.com Category Bestseller". What category is that?
We get the sawdust for free from a local sawmill. We get most of our cover material in the form of spent grains from a local craft brewery. All free.
After the first week it already started feeling barbaric to use perfectly good fresh water in toilets. Our state-mandated septic system (required for greywater treatment) will never need pumping because no solids will ever go into it. Plus in a couple of years we'll have nice compost to add to the sandy soil here...
A friend was visiting recently and remarked that our house didn't smell like cats, although we have three of them - he asked where the litter box was. "Just behind that curtain, 6 feet from us," we answered. "Right next to our OWN litter box - our sawdust buckets." He was stunned and couldn't believe he couldn't smell either of them. Another friend suggested that it helps that our sawdust is from fresh pine logs, and I suspect he may be right. The cat litter, by the way, is Tractor Supply horse bedding pellets, which we just toss into the same compost pile as our own sawdust.
I also have found compostable tampons Veeda Applicator Free Super Plus Tampons 100% Natural Cotton, which is one more thing I can remove from the waste stream that feeds the landfill.
Once you get past that, and all the chemistry lessons, this handbook is a "must have" for any backyard composter.
It explodes many conventional composting myths, but gives sound scientific evidence of why they are myths.
Having composted for years, my only cautionary statement would be that most backyard composters cannot maintain a "healthy" (in Mr. Jenkin's words) compost pile that will oxidize/process harmful bacteria.
That said, the book is worth the price alone for the information on composting toilets, and DIY techniques. Most people wouldn't be able to dig an outhouse hole in their backyard should the need arise. But just about anyone could construct a composting toilet, and no one would be the wiser.