Thunderloos are GO

Fri, 10/01/2010 - 16:32 — Compost Stu
Thunderloos are GO

The very first pre-cast concrete composting toilet ever made? Could well be.

Maximus nears completion

Wed, 09/08/2010 - 10:53 — Compost Stu

The first pre-cast concrete clivus is about to be poured. After much deliberation, re-engineering and general procrastination, Pooh Solutions is proud to announce what we hope will become the benchmark for compost toilet design and construction in Australia. The Clivus Maximus uses the age old tried and tested Swedish sloping floor design of the popular cement block toilets in a pre-cast concrete option. The vestibule comes in two separate pieces, with the top half being of variable height to allow us to tailor design the units to suit individual site specific requirements.

Bio char doesn't work

Wed, 09/08/2010 - 10:42 — Compost Stu

We tried using biochar in the micromus to see if would make a suitable bulking agent. Obviously char contains plenty of carbon, an essential for any good bulking agent. HOWEVER, it is also very absorbent, and soaks up pee like a sponge. This created a perfect environment for the larvae of the drain fly, which soon took on plague proportions in the vestibule.

Micromus re-design

Tue, 07/27/2010 - 13:25 — Compost Stu

The re-designed levelling device in the micromus has now been installed and appears to be working well. It consists of a heavy re-bar with raking forks welded onto the end that sits in the compost chamber. It's fulcrum is where it passes through the wall of the chamber so it extends outwards, where it is easily manipulated from. It had to be heavy enough to rake the dense top part of the pile. The Micromus is still odour free, even after three lots of tenants!!

One year anniversary of the Micromus prototype

Wed, 06/16/2010 - 18:08 — Compost Stu

It's been one year now since I installed the Micromus at the trial site in Barkers Vale. The compost chamber is now full and working well, odour free. The levelling device needs some modification to work effectively. With the bulking agent (hardwood sawdust), the compost was too heavy for the device to push it down the slope. I have raked the heap twice in the last year, using the access hatch in the rear of the chamber. The compost is moist and rich, with breakdown of paper and faeces complete. There is as yet little evidence of macro invertebrates in the heap.

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