There’s a lot of information here but there are a few things I haven’t really seen discussed. Granted, I may have missed it.
First, toilet paper. Do you use a specific kind or can you use any old brand put out by proctor and gamble?
Wildlife in the compost piles. My property is fully wild. Along with the smaller squirrels and pack rats, I could have turkey, raccoon, or bear rummaging through it all. Not really interested in making a bear-proof compost pile.
I’ve been using my system, which is different than most discussed here, for about 3 years. It is used by myself and other folks staying on the property. My system uses Bokashi and is an anaerobic process. If your not familiar, Bokashi is a pre-fermented grain hull (don’t quote me on this). If you’re not familiar with it, look it up. It can be incorporated in any compost system to help expedite the process. Anyways, I’ll start with a 1” layer at the bottom of coco coir (please stop using peat moss. If you don’t know why, look it up), then sprinkle about a cup of Bokashi onto that. From there on, just a typical lasagna layering. Poop, light dusting of Bokashi, more coco coir, poop, Bokashi, coir, repeat, repeat, repeat. To close off the bucket, I put another heavy (1cup) sprinkling of Bokashi and a final 1-2” of coir. Then I put a lid with a date on the bucket and let it sit for 6 months or so. Depending on how many folks are on the property, I could have a stack of 20-40 buckets before I empty them, which I’ll do about twice a year. So far, I’ve just dug a hole and buried it in the forest. I’m completely confident it could go into a pile to break down further and then be used as fertilizer.
My results have varied. When it’s just me and the layering ratios are more consistent, I’ve had amazing results where everything seem broken down by the time I empty the buckets. When more people use it, the consistency isn’t there and the results don’t tend to be as good. I haven’t found the paper to break down but the way Bokashi works is to inoculate what’s in the bucket with the enzymes, enabling it to be broken down more effectively. I use it in my kitchen compost, fermenting in a closed bucket for only about 6 weeks, and when I put that in my garden, everything is still recognizable but then breaks down remarkably quick. That’s to say that while I no longer add paper to the bucket I am hopeful that which I’ve already buried was inoculated and has since broken down. Bokashi has a slightly sweet smell (like molasses) and that is what the s***shed smells like. But I do end up with bags of used paper that we just burn in our burn barrel.
Final thought on the pee. Being male, I don’t use the bucket unless I’m already sitting down. But when there were a couple of women up here, we had a second pee bucket that was just full of wood chips. They peed in that till it was full and then dumped it into the compost pile. No smell and the nitrogen rich pee was a perfect compliment to the carbon dense wood chips.