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Best soak recipes

Postby doofaloofa » Wed Dec 26, 2012 5:28 pm

We have just started using our compost toilet

got any good soak recipes

My favourite it 1part dried soil, 1 part builders lime and 1 part wood/peat ash
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Re: Best soak recipes

Postby The Riff-Raff Element » Wed Dec 26, 2012 5:54 pm

Most people I know around here use either wood shavings or dried leaves / leaf mould with a sprinkling of slaked lime.
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Re: Best soak recipes

Postby doofaloofa » Wed Dec 26, 2012 6:29 pm

I think a little ash is good for the carbon and its smell absorbibg properties
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Re: Best soak recipes

Postby The Riff-Raff Element » Thu Dec 27, 2012 4:12 pm

I suppose that - chemically - there are similarities between wood ash & lime: both are strongly alkaline. Perhaps that's it.
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Re: Best soak recipes

Postby contadina » Fri Dec 28, 2012 7:26 am

I'm not sure of the science behind it, but I had been told, by a well-travelled WOOFer, that ash is preferable in hotter climes, while the wood shaving option is more suited in the colder north.
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Re: Best soak recipes

Postby diggernotdreamer » Fri Dec 28, 2012 12:28 pm

[quote="doofaloofa"]We have just started using our compost toilet

We have used a small compost toilet for 3 years and just used wood shavings when we lived in a caravan

We just moved back into our house that we restored with its 1960's septic tank, we haven't registered it yet but probably will next year. Leitrim has no percolation and there have been quotes of up to 20,000 euro to put in soil scrubbers to upgrade tanks which don't seem to work, if Big Phil Hogan comes knocking at our door, we won't be able to afford to upgrade so it may be back to the compost toilet, although I am not sure what happens with the grey water, regulations say it has to go through a water treatment plant. Starting to make our blood boil here with the feckin regulations and scare tactic :angryfire:
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Re: Best soak recipes

Postby doofaloofa » Sun Dec 30, 2012 9:53 am

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doofaloofa wrote:We have just started using our compost toilet

We have used a small compost toilet for 3 years and just used wood shavings when we lived in a caravan

We just moved back into our house that we restored with its 1960's septic tank, we haven't registered it yet but probably will next year. Leitrim has no percolation and there have been quotes of up to 20,000 euro to put in soil scrubbers to upgrade tanks which don't seem to work, if Big Phil Hogan comes knocking at our door, we won't be able to afford to upgrade so it may be back to the compost toilet, although I am not sure what happens with the grey water, regulations say it has to go through a water treatment plant. Starting to make our blood boil here with the feckin regulations and scare tactic :angryfire:


The whole septic tank issue does suck, especially for systems that were compliant to the regs at the time

My solution (though I'm sure our STS is compliant with current regs) is to convert the ST into a Biogas digester.

A ST is after all just a digester with no vessel to capture gas, and with a little convertion will provide free gas for cooking, heating, turbine...i think
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