FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
DOES IT SMELL
HOW OFTEN DO I HAVE TO EMPTY THE COMPOST CHAMBER?
The separation of the liquid and solid elements by your Air Head toilet removes the unpleasant sewage smell. However, if something is not quite “in balance” the composting medium itself can emit an “earthy” odour similar to that you may have experienced whilst walking in the bush on a wet day. This would indicate too much water in the composting medium.
With experience and discussion with other “Air Heads” you will quickly discover the optimum water level when recharging the composting medium. It will vary with different composting medium materials – experimentation and experience are the keys to eliminating unwanted odour – or for introducing a favoured natural scent.
The “starter” kit we supply will advise you of the optimum water volume for the material supplied, preventing the “forest floor” odour.
It takes between 60 and 80 “visits” to exhaust the efficiency of the quantity of composting medium in the “starter kit”. After that time the material in the composting chamber has become dry and crumbly, making it harder to agitate with the mixing handle. It is then time to empty the mixing chamber and replace the mixing medium with fresh material.
For two people using the Air Head toilet on a full-time basis, somewhere between 4 and 6 weeks would be a reasonable time between “empties”.
HOW OFTEN DO I NEED TO EMPTY THE URINE TANK?
WHAT DO I DO WITH THE “WASTE” I REMOVE FROM THE COMPOSTING CHAMBER?
The liquids tank will fill relatively quickly - we suggest it be checked each time the toilet is used and when the liquid level is seen in the little “window” on the front of the unit, simply unclip it for emptying.
The composted material will be a dry, crumbly, nutrient-rich soil that is a perfect booster for your garden compost. It is only “waste” if you dispose of it.
If you want to start a worm farm, here is your starting material as worms will happily further process the material to form humus which is invaluable for crop production. So, cultivate your own sense of humus!
Or simply bury it in your garden and become a member of the ground-making club – naturally!
HOW DOES USING A COMPOSTING TOILET DIFFER FROM A CONVENTIONAL HOUSEHOLD TOILET?
DO MEN NEED TO SIT FOR BOTH “PERFORMANCES”?
The main difference is not flushing the toilet on completion. Instead of flushing you close the lid and give the handle on the side of the Air Head several turns (10 turns is good).
Once seated liquids flow naturally to the container in the front of your Air Head and the solids drop into the composting chamber - you simply activate the small lever by your right hip at the appropriate time to open the flap for that to happen.
In a boat rocking at sea it is a good practice as most skippers only accept salt spray regardless of the type of toilet being used.
In other more stable situations it may be optional, or it may be covered by a “rule of the house - or caravan - or motor-home - or holiday home.