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Re: Composting Toilets

Postby crinklystarfish » Tue Feb 11, 2020 10:01 am

Rusape wrote:
For me, it is still the best of solutions, despite the gas issue. No waste on board, no odours, and no dealing with disposal.

It is an expensive option for sure, and the decision was the lavatory or Lithium batteries... I'd rather change the batteries after 2 years than cart cr*p around with me and have to dispose of it regularly.


If toileting on the vehicle is not negotiable, then you have me absolutely won in terms of the acts of both performing natural duty and dealing with the aftermath.

I don't particularly baulk at the cost but am eager to learn how it works in the field in terms of gas consumption, reliability, noise and overall practicality.

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Re: Composting Toilets

Postby Tom_DAF » Wed Feb 12, 2020 7:56 am

Those incinerator toilets look incredible. £2k seems like a lot but if it saves emptying cassettes it really might be worth it.

I'd like to chime in regarding toilet options and disposal in Africa. My wife and I travelled in Southern Africa and we noticed:

1. Black water / sewage disposal is virtually non existant. Only some large South African campsites had a place for this and the other countries mostly don't even have drain covers you could lift. No way could you rely on emptying your tank properly (safely, legally) in the other countries.

2. Most places separate and burn rubbish so if you are staying at a campsite/lodge I don't think they would be happy disposing of a bag of sawdust+human waste. I wouldn't want to have that conversation hundreds of times anyway. As for burying it, it's forbidden in places like national parks, and in some places like Malawi or Rwanda, good luck even reaching for a spade without attracting an audience.

3. Trying to use existing facilities as much as possible then using a cassette toilet (minimally) and emptying into campsite toilets is probably your best option for Southern Africa, as unpleasant as they are. A further note is that you cannot buy the chemicals North of South Africa so bring LOTS with you or resort to bio washing powder (which is not nearly as effective at masking odours).

For those reasons the attractiveness of an incinerating toilet is huge and probably well worth the fuel cost. For my next personal build I think I'll go down that route.

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Re: Composting Toilets

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Re: Composting Toilets

Postby Ivan C » Wed Feb 19, 2020 1:13 pm


Correct - they are seperating toilets.
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Re: Composting Toilets

Postby crinklystarfish » Wed Feb 19, 2020 1:44 pm

Yup, good write-up and exactly what the people making / marketing these things would rather you didn't pay too much attention to. Neil made the assertion early on that fashion is probably at the heart of current popularity and you'd have to think that's pretty much correct.

I reckon that there can be genuine merit in separating - but only in very specific circumstances.

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Re: Composting Toilets

Postby NeilandPat » Wed Feb 19, 2020 2:09 pm

Don't misunderstand me I think these toilets,are a great alternative to other systems as long as you appreciate what they do.

Thankfully everyone on here clearly does.

However, some people e have met on road don't and genuinely believe that the pile of one week old fresh contents they are dumping on the side of the road is in fact useable compost.

I like them and would definitely consider one in any future builds.

If they work for you then they are the right thing.

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