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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-19-2014, 11:41 AM Thread Starter
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Composting Toilets

We are looking at properties that do not have water or any septic (including privy).So we feel like a composting toilet would be the way to go(especially for the ladies).We are looking at the SUN-MAR non electric model that will accomodate 2/3 people part time. I'm looking for all thoughts and opinions on everything.
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-19-2014, 12:23 PM
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Re: Composting Toilets

Ours works great. That is what sold the camp to my wife.
We did install a solar fan on top of the vent pipe to keep the air circulating at least during the day

with sufficient thrust pigs fly just fine
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Re: Composting Toilets

mine works great the little that I used it, would not change a thing. lenny
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-21-2014, 04:40 PM
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Re: Composting Toilets

I used the "bucket" with a toilet seat, and had built up a nice cupboard to hide the bucket, so all you saw was a nice cupboard and toilet seat, than had a humanure system set up, worked great(as long as you don't mind pulled out the bucket and dumping it ever week). As far as actual composting toilets go, I really loved my friend's by Nature's head, it seemed easy to maintain, low to no odor, and lasted her and her son almost a month, which was nice low maintenance.
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Re: Composting Toilets

We have used the same SUN-MAR non electric for close to 15 years with out any major problems, great toilet.

3 items of note from our experience:

1) We tried the solar electric fan in the exahust tube as mentioned in a previouce post, works nice when running, but seemed to restrict ariflow when not. We removed it and run it w/o a fan and it works fine.

2) If your cabin is not heated in the winter the compost inside will freeze into a solid chunk. You will not be able to rotate the barrel and, microbial action stops (no composting). not a big deal if you will only sparing ly use it over winter. But, could be something to think about if you are planning a lot of winter use where the cbain will have the heat off then turned on for a weekend, then back off...

3) During heavy use (6 adults 3 kids several consecutive weekends) we had the drain clog. This only happend one time, a quick clean out and good to go.

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Re: Composting Toilets

You 2nd point seems like a very valid one and never thought of the whole tank freezing and not allowing u to rotating it. I'm sure that first spring trip is a doozy.
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We have used the same SUN-MAR non electric for close to 15 years with out any major problems, great toilet.

3 items of note from our experience:

1) We tried the solar electric fan in the exahust tube as mentioned in a previouce post, works nice when running, but seemed to restrict ariflow when not. We removed it and run it w/o a fan and it works fine.

2) If your cabin is not heated in the winter the compost inside will freeze into a solid chunk. You will not be able to rotate the barrel and, microbial action stops (no composting). not a big deal if you will only sparing ly use it over winter. But, could be something to think about if you are planning a lot of winter use where the cbain will have the heat off then turned on for a weekend, then back off...

3) During heavy use (6 adults 3 kids several consecutive weekends) we had the drain clog. This only happend one time, a quick clean out and good to go.

hope this helps
The bucket seems like the best bet especially for the price.
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During cold months, the contents defrost over weekend use. The drum is rotated before leaving
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