So this is the latest on the composting toilet, or as it is alternatively known, the 'VIP Latrine' (Ventilated Improved Pit Latrine). The rear of the pan can be seen in these progress photos. The concrete 'ring-beam' is also set to go and will reinforce the top of the hole. This will prevent dirt from caving into the pit.
The pit itself was dug in two efforts, with three generations showing a keen interest in this venture. The pit features an emergency evacuation step for younger users struggling with incorrect technique.
An inability to afford plumbing is no longer an excuse to crap in a mere hole.
A couple of times a year I like to gather up the family and head north with my brother and his family and whoever else wants to tag along. We go to my parents farm, so the kids can run free and we can camp with loads of space and a blank canvass. It was no surprise then to hear that my bro was busy researching and building a composting toilet to install on our next adventure.
Elevating the project on a sturdy plastic crate ensures a comfortable working experience.
Constructing your own reinforced concrete slab is not beyond the capability of the enthusiastic amateur handyman, (note the smaller diameter 'vent' hole, to ensure an odor free toileting experience). The vent hole will have a PVC pipe attached to it carrying the worst of the smells safely away above nose height.
Bolts in the slab will ensure the 'modesty screen' remains firmly anchored down.
Stay tuned for photos of the fully installed composting toilet once our next camping trip has occurred.