If having an outhouse doesn’t sound like fun, there are other options. Let’s face it, going outside in the middle of the night to do your business isn’t very fun, especially if it is cold and raining. The good option for an off-grid cabin is a low-maintenance composting toilet.
USING YOUR HEAD
I recently interviewed Larry Stearns from Nature’s Head Composting Toilets about the advantages of a composting toilet. “The biggest advantage of our toilet is no plumbing is needed, so many people just build a small bathroom for their toilet and they are good to go,” Stearns said. “Another advantage is the solid waste and the urine are kept separate. When winter arrives and it is time to shut the summer cabin down for a few months, as long as the urine bottle is empty, people don’t have to worry about anything freezing. The compost and waste inside the toilet can sit all winter. A system like ours really is extremely easy to take care of and deal with. Maintaining it and emptying it are fairly simple,” Stearns said.
HOW IT WORKS
You may be asking yourself how simple can it really be to take care of? Peat moss is added to the unit and the solid waste breaks down over time by being mixed with damp peat moss. There is an agitator handle that gets turned to agitate/mix the waste inside which aids in the breakdown of the waste. A typical composting toilet will hold a large amount of waste. The cool thing is the longer the waste is composting, the further it breaks down, so those who use a composting toilet only on the weekends or a few times a year won’t have to empty their toilet very often.
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Most composting toilets come with a vent and a fan of some type. The fans can run off of a solar panel, a small battery or electricity. The nice thing is that although having a fan running helps get rid of odor and aid in the breakdown of the waste, it isn’t completely necessary. “Many people use our toilet without a fan. If the toilet is properly taken care of, the only odor people will typically smell is the smell of dirt. Waste and urine are kept separate, so there isn’t any foul odor from the two mixing,” Stearns explained.
Of course one of the greatest advantages of a composting toilet is the fact that you don’t have to spend a ton of money and time on plumbing. “With a composting toilet like ours, there is very little setup and expense, which is one of the beauties of it,” Stearns added.
Probably the most beautiful thing about a composting toilet is it eliminates the use of good water being flushed down the toilet. “Many people are using the Nature’s Head toilet because they like the idea of conserving water,” Stearns noted.
Regardless if you have an RV, a cabin or a large boat, check out the Nature’s Head composting toilet. It is one of the simplest and most economical composting toilets
on the market.
For more information, visit natureshead.net or call 251-295-3043.
This article originally published in AMERICAN FRONTIERSMAN® Issue #191. Print and Digital Subscriptions to AMERICAN FRONTIERSMAN® magazine are available here.
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