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Old 02-11-2019, 04:56 PM   #11
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Full disclosure: I havenít had a composting toilet, but when I was planning my build I remember reading in various places that people who did DIY often had problems with odor - sometimes not that bad so they wouldnít notice but guests might.

Iím sure that some donít, but fear of that is part of what drove my decision.

I came away with the conclusion that that was the main reason natures head could ask the price they do.

Again, not my experience, but my research assessment from 1.5 years ago

It also depends a lot on how much time boondocking vs campground. If you spend a lot of time in a campground hooked up for your gray water, it just makes sense to empty black through your existing hook up. If boondocking mostly I agree composting would be the way to go.
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Old 02-11-2019, 05:08 PM   #12
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Full disclosure: I havenít had a composting toilet, but when I was planning my build I remember reading in various places that people who did DIY often had problems with odor - sometimes not that bad so they wouldnít notice but guests might.

Iím sure that some donít, but fear of that is part of what drove my decision.

I came away with the conclusion that that was the main reason natures head could ask the price they do.

Again, not my experience, but my research assessment from 1.5 years ago

It also depends a lot on how much time boondocking vs campground. If you spend a lot of time in a campground hooked up for your gray water, it just makes sense to empty black through your existing hook up. If boondocking mostly I agree composting would be the way to go.
I bet those who had problems with odors probably didn't vent properly or cover the #2 properly after going. I have 2 cat litter boxes and a 5g Homer bucket. When they go I just scoop it into the bucket, it's half full and doesn't smell unless you stick your head down there. I'm lucky that they will go #2 in the litter box, but will always go outside to pee.
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Old 02-11-2019, 05:18 PM   #13
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I bet those who had problems with odors probably didn't vent properly or cover the #2 properly after going.
Exactly! A small pancake fan or computer fan venting to outside takes very little power and eliminates pretty much all smells.
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Old 02-12-2019, 01:50 AM   #14
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Composting toilets work by keeping the #1 & #2 separated. Their mixing is what causes the stench. With a regular toilet you are limited where you can empty it legally. I would say you negative experience with that is not unusual. Some have gone as long as a month without emptying the bucket of #2. When it's time , you just bag the contents and deposit them in an appropriate manner. No water plumbed for flushing, no drain plumbing to black tank. You can make your own very cost effectively. Here is mine, I have about $45 in it, just need to build a cabinet around it. Manufactured compost toilets are in the $1K range.
I know this was from awhile ago, but do you have how you made this toilet posted anywhere?
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