Testing Bokashi in a muldering toilet design
(or Poo digestion: phase 2)
For my primary material management I use an envirolet toilet (muldering toilet in a plastic box). But just before Christmas the cold weather meant frozen material had formed a mountain and plugged the exit.
For the remainder of the winter I use a Sawdust Composting Bucket Toilet. This is a trigger for my interest in Bokashi.
Meanwhile, back at the ranch: the envirolet test
Note: the envirolet blockage is completely covered in toilet paper (TP).
After intial spring thawing of the material about a liter / quart of the bokashi solution is placed in the system toilet bowl and flushed.
The material blockage is left unobserved for five days.
After this time I have a look to see what, if anything, is going on.
- The tower is brown.
- There is no sign of TP. Any where. Completely digested.
- The mass when pushed with a hoe falls over easily. It has a soft jelly like texture.
- The material is various browns and has the texture of rich compost. Or chocolate pudding with some rice pudding mixed in
- There is no smell to the material. Even upon close inspection.The mass seems to have shrunk in volume. I was able to spread it all out (inside the box) and then cover with a layer of the horse bedding bokashi mash. And have plenty of room for added materials.So ready for another season of use.
- I would definitely recommend this recipe to anyone trying to shrink down an outhouse etc for continued use. I would also be interested to see if it keeps smells/insect populations down come the hot summer season. If you test this application let me know. As mentioned. No smell. Absolutely none. Wet rich earth like texture.
This is a successful experiment. I recommend the use of bokashi inoculant in any composting toilet system.
See my bokashi experiment for details on how to make the inoculant and more information on details of the experiment.