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    I think if you can poo in a bucket and deal with that you are on your way to living off grid. My poo buckets which are two months old are filled with bugs eating away at it and it like 50% lighter. Bugs can really compost human manure real fast in an enclosed bucket. In the winter time i burn mine in the woodstove. I use newspaper to poo on in my portapotty and then toss it right into the fire. My portapotty is just a small camper toilet with a elder chair riser with handles. The riser lets me clean it and the portapotty lets me line it with a plastic bag with some holes punched thru for the pee to go into. I then use the pee with woodash and sawdust or woodscraps to compost my food scraps to be used for later to fertilize around fruit trees. I guess one doesn’t have to add the food scraps but i do since it sometimes has bones etc etc. The urine is a great nitrogen and the decomposting wood and ash with it makes for a great total fertilizer.

    Yes dealing with this basic human element is the best way to start to learn to live off grid because if your putting in a expensive septic system well your taxes will go up and if you even have a composting toilet and bathroom your taxes will go up but if your living in a no indoor plumbing building your taxes will stay low. Then you want to be sure you are dealing with this element properly. Master your poo and pee and you have taken the first step to going off grid.

    PS: Many think they can just bury it but if your in a region with lots of rain it can and will get into your well and water systems “over time” Especially if you have a few people there.


    Once we get our methane digester setup and running well, we will be building an outbuilding next to the digester that funnels it directly into the digester and you waste will produce methane I can use to cook, run small engines (smaller generator) with, heating etc. To make the outbuilding usable during the winter months, the digester will be feeding a small gas heater to keep it warm.

    I think that’s the best way I can possibly use it. Composting it is fine, but I figure with an operational farm, I only need so much compost, I’d much rather have my excess creating a natural gas I can use. Another beauty is the byproduct you get from it is literally one of the best liquid fertilizers you can get.

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