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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 12-15-2014, 03:16 PM Thread Starter
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Outhouse Cost

Hello guys was wondering if anybody has had an outhouse installed at their hunting camp recently. I want to get approximate cost for an outhouse for 5 to 10 guys for several trips a year at our camp. Any information on this would greatly be appreciated thanks.

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Here is a link to the statewide PA specs for construction of a privy.


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Thanks for the link.

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I've seen one holers and 2 holers, but don't recall ever seeing a 5 holer outhouse.

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I was just referencing 5 to 10 guys for the size of the tank. I only plan on a one man outhouse. Thanks

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Re: Outhouse Cost

We had a privy at our camp for several years before building an addition that included indoor plumbing.

Ours was a "military-style" privy, compliments of my huntin' bud that served with the Marines in Vietnam:

Standard size 4x4 privy sitting on blocks, bottom third of a steel 55 gal. drum w/two handles welded to it, under the seat. Trap door in the back to slide drum out, pour some diesel or kerosene in 'er and burn off the contents a coupla times a year as-needed - (Always remember to stay upwind during the burn-offs).

We put several layers of newspaper in the drum before using it again and never left the contents build up too much between burn-offs. No tank, no holes to dig, no mess to deal with down the road.

In our case we never had more than three or four people in camp at any one time and usage wasn't a big factor, so more people and more usage would require more frequent attention. Just a thought?

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Re: Outhouse Cost

My pre-made out house ($400) was put on a 500 gallon concrete tank + excavating ($800), after a perc test to get permit ($80)=$12803
I will likely never ever need it pumped in my lifetime...it is a HUGE tank, you can get smaller but saves you very little so might as well go 500 .Pics of the day brought it and buried it are in my "Hill gets a shed/camp" thread.





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does anyone here in PA use a incinerator?

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We built ours over an old 275 gallon oil tank with the top cut off. Many ways to do this, just be safe. We built the walls at home in four sections and then assembled and framed the roof on site. We also dug it by hand. We ran electric to ours and installed a heat lamp above the seat for those cold mornings. The costs below are if you had to buy everything, we had most of the materials laying around when we built ours. We also ended up landscaping with railroad timbers to dress it up too (and so we didn't have to dig as deep).

Total Costs for our 4'x4' outhouse - around $450:
- $75 Oil Tank (if you bought one from Craigslist)
- $60 2x4s
- $140 T1-11 Siding
- $20 Plywood for roof
- $30 Shingles/felt
- $30 Paint for T1-11
- $20 Toilet Seat
- $75 Misc fasteners/hinges etc

I should add that we typically have 5 of us there for deer season and a few more for fishing season. It has been installed for 16 years and has never been pumped. Also based on our remote location we never pursued permitting.
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Re: Outhouse Cost

Need to make sure that you have the proper permits to install a tank,need to check with your township for regs.
I put in a 1000 gal concrete tank 2 years ago.
Tank was approx $1000 also got the concrete riser which was another $100.
That was from Coudersport concrete.
Of course there will be the cost of excavation to think of too.

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