(b) If the drum must be moved to another site before the contents are
burned out, handles should be welded to the sides to make it possible for two men to
carry the drum with ease.
(c) It is convenient to have two sets of drums so that one set can be
used while the other set is being burned clean.
(2) Sanitation. The burnout latrine should be burned out daily by adding
sufficient fuel to incinerate the fecal matter.
CAUTION: Highly volatile fuel such as gasoline or JP4 should not be used because of
its explosive nature.
(a) A mixture of 1 quart of gasoline to 4 quarts of diesel oil is effective;
nevertheless, it should be used with caution.
(b) If contents are not rendered dry and odorless in one burning, they
should be burned again. The residual ash should be buried.
NOTE: Male personnel should be encouraged to urinate in a urine disposal facility
rather than in the burn-out latrine, as more fuel is required to burn out one with
the liquid content.
c. Pail or Bucket Latrine. A pail latrine (see Figure 3-7) may be built when
conditions (populated areas, rocky soil, marshes) are such that a dug latrine cannot be
(1) Construction. A standard type latrine box (para 3-5) may be converted
for use as a pail latrine by placing hinged doors on the rear of the box, adding a floor,
and placing a pail under each seat.
(a) If the box is located in a building, it should be placed to form a part
of an outer wall so that the rear of the box opens directly to the outside of the building
(see Figure 3-7 A ). The seats and rear doors should be self-closing and the entire box
(b) The floor of the box should be made of an impervious material
(concrete, if possible) and should slope enough toward the rear to facilitate rapid
(c) A urinal may also be installed in the male latrine enclosure with a
drainpipe leading to a pail outside. This pail also should be enclosed in a flyproof box.
(2) Sanitation. Pails should be cleaned at least once daily. The contents
may be buried, burned, or disposed of by other sanitary methods. The use of plastic