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Can someone describe the agitator mechanism for me? Does one rotate the crank 360 degrees or is it a back and forth action?

Remove stainless steel thrift store pot lid, insert stainless steel thrift store spatula or spoon in composting resevoir , while trying not to dump out the pee in the lid. Give her a few stirs in a 360 ccw direction if you are in the northern hemisphere then install the pot lid. Dip your spoon in a vinegar and water mix, let drain then sit back and think about stew.
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Mmmm.........kat, that option won't fly with the admiral. She'll want something not so, ah, closely involved. Also I really don't want the "thrift store spoon" flying around the cabin or having a guest inadvertently using it as a kitchen utensil. But thanks for the suggestion.
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Thanks to all the posters on this thread, I have learned a lot and am considering a composting toilet once I finish
  1. Painting the engine compartment
  2. Installing new wiring
  3. Removing the non-working head and associated plumbing. (I think someone installed a regular marine head on a laval system, still trying to figure out where all the hoses go)
  4. Install the engine
  5. Replacing the running rigging
  6. Fix that funny crack I just found by the stuffing box
  7. Rebuild the steering system; just when I thought everything that could break was broken the sheave assembly for my wheel steering fell off.
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Can someone describe the agitator mechanism for me? Does one rotate the crank 360 degrees or is it a back and forth action?
You crank it 360 degrees . I use a round hoop made of 5/16th stainless rod, with the crank handle at 90 degrees to the hoop, so the hoop lies horizontal, so droppings dont fall on it and stick.
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Can someone describe the agitator mechanism for me? Does one rotate the crank 360 degrees or is it a back and forth action?
The C-Head uses a stirring paddle at the end of a shaft that goes round and round in one direction, tumbling the contents until they're well -coated in peat moss. When you empty it, you're pouring out rounded dry clumps up to the size of a baseball, surrounded by loose peat moss.

I've never used an Air Head or Nature's Head. But I understand they use a horizontal shaft instead, with the stirring parts shaped something like the crankshaft in an engine.
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Thanks to all the posters on this thread, I have learned a lot and am considering a composting toilet once I finish
  1. Painting the engine compartment
  2. Installing new wiring
  3. Removing the non-working head and associated plumbing. (I think someone installed a regular marine head on a laval system, still trying to figure out where all the hoses go)
  4. Install the engine
  5. Replacing the running rigging
  6. Fix that funny crack I just found by the stuffing box
  7. Rebuild the steering system; just when I thought everything that could break was broken the sheave assembly for my wheel steering fell off.
OK, so you'll get started on the toilet installation in what... two or three weeks?
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The C-Head uses a stirring paddle at the end of a shaft that goes round and round in one direction, tumbling the contents until they're well -coated in peat moss. When you empty it, you're pouring out rounded dry clumps up to the size of a baseball, surrounded by loose peat moss.

I've never used an Air Head or Nature's Head. But I understand they use a horizontal shaft instead, with the stirring parts shaped something like the crankshaft in an engine.
Sound better. Can you give us a sketch of the paddle?
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Sound better. Can you give us a sketch of the paddle?
Settle for a photo?

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Settle for a photo?

Dude, that must be a mil spec version of the composting toilet...
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Where does that put the top stirring handle ?
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