I agree it is a very good book! I have heard nothing but negative about manufactured composting toilets. We have been using the humanure bucket toilet system for the past year. It has worked really well for us, of course you need to do it all properly and build a compost pile that is away fro water sources, and that animals and kids can't get into. We have had no problems with smell at all, we monitor ours for temperature to make sure it stays at a high enough temperature. We are building a cob home that will be done in about 4 months, yahoo!! We planned on doing a humanure toilet system with a engineered greywater system BUT we went ahead and installed a septic. The main reason being the cost was less to do a type one septic and when you have a large family like ours it is ALOT of bucket hauling.. I think it is a very good option but if you have a large family I would say think about the time energy involved in the hauling. I am actually excited to have a flush toilet again! We will be collecting rainwater off our 1800 square foot metal roof so that will help supplement our water use.. We area also still doing a greywater system..
Mama to SDD (12), DD (8), DD (6), DD, (4), DS (3) and new little babe arriving Dec. We are in the process of building our cob home and homestead