Does anyone here use a composting toilet? From what I've found on the web, it seems to be a great idea. No black tank, no odor, no water and can last several weeks before it needs to be cleaned out. I found this full timers couple's site 'gone with the wynns' and they swear by it. Tempting.
I was watching a show on TV that was putting them in "small Houses". It's a interesting show and I was very interested in the composting toilet. I was going to research them but hopefully I will learn about them here.
Phil and Dianna
2011 Berkshire 390 RB
Well, after much research, I just ordered a Nature's Head composting toilet. No more dumping of black tank in tote and dumping station. No more wasting fresh water to flush. I can use the black tank as an additional grey tank. Can't wait to receive it and install it in the spring.
Holy smokes, you're going to fit a Nature's Head into a FR expandable? One would never have fit reasonably in our 21SS, especially with the need to "crank the handle!" My best friend's father has the toilet in his hunting cabin, and likes it well enough but complains about it only holds 2 gallons of "liquid waste" so that's a lot of dumping to keep up with what one person produces per day. The average person expels about one-half their fluid intake per day with normal activity. So that's about 2 quarts if you follow the ~1 gallon recommended intake. Plenty more if you're an avid hydrator, coffee drinking, and enjoying the ice cold brews while camping!
Let us know how it works out for you! We may return one day to more primitive camping/boon-docking.
I measured the space and it should fit well with a bit of room to spare. I ordered the one with the spider crank. I saves 3 inches they say compared with the regular crank.
I've seen all the videos, including the Wynns' and everybody swears by it.
And for liquids, I try to use a tree as often as I can.
Interesting concept. The only composting toilets I know of either slowly drain into a leach field, or have to be dumped. Both take chemicals and time. I am curious what the advantage is? Where do you dump the compost? Please keep us posted on the #1's and #2's of the matter.
The whole where to dump what and when is a topic that I have not seen much coverage on. The solids/compost can be used to fertilize non edible plants, but when not near a flower bed that need some "help" what then. And then there is the whole Urine element. I guess just take that into a regular toilet every so often?
From what I have read, the toilet can take about 90 uses till it's full and has to be dumped. If there are no appropriate compost pile to throw it on, some will dump in a compostable garbage bag and put it in a dumpster. I assume it will continue to compost and just be dirt in the landfill. The longer it stays in the toilet, the more pleasant it is to empty as it turns to dirt. The urine can be dumped in a park toilet or I've read that it can be dumped on the ground where allowed and even better if diluted. It's a sterile liquid.