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Old 08-08-2012, 17:26   #31
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Re: Composting Toilet - Natures Head

Sounds like its a great success for anyone who has it.

As far as cold climates...well...I live in Canada and plan on doing it when the snow flys. I'll keep u informed. That being said...the boat is heated..and the Natures Head will be in a heated space. I really can't see that making any difference at all? Possibly they are referring to cottages that only get heated with a fireplace when they go there for a weekend visit?

Again...so far no regrets and very happy with it!!!

SMJ and Reiner...thanks do much for your thoughts as well. I'm sure it will help anyone on the fence about it!!!
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Re: Composting Toilet - Natures Head

for those of you that chose c-head, can you give some info about how you vented please.
solar, battery, what fan, etc.
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Old 13-08-2012, 12:58   #33
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Re: Composting Toilet - Natures Head

Cedar? No chance of that killing the friendly bugs?

I was worried about pine needled/bark and especially eucalypt or tee tree (melaleuca) mulch....prefer not to learn by doing with things like this!
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Old 13-08-2012, 15:14   #34
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Actually...using a touch of cedar mulch doesn't worry me in the least. In Upper Canada throughout parks, conservations, campgrounds etc there are many composting toilets that are used heavily, only consist of cedar dust and chips. It's quite common to use, but also more expensive then peat moss.
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Old 13-08-2012, 16:10   #35
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Re: Composting Toilet - Natures Head

The cedar or coir are renewable resources. The peat moss, not so much...
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Old 22-08-2012, 08:22   #36
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Well I'm absolutely thrilled and sold in Natures Head. I didn't have to, but after three weeks I wanted to dump the solids bin. Not difficult at all. I was simply amazed that the only odor was peat moss, you know that musty smell? No sign of the nasty solids or odors at all. I'll probably be replacing my second head with one, now that I see just how simple and cleanly it works. I recommend it without hesitation. I can't believe it's not on every boat!!!
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Re: Composting Toilet - Natures Head

Shhh, Jabsco are considering sending a hit-team to your location.

Meantime, the composting head-marketers are sending one to mine; why buy one when it's so easy to make? Scuse me, there's someone at the door.....
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Re: Composting Toilet - Nature's Head

Because by the time you buy all the materials and invent the wheel and fabricate all the parts and put it together two or three times as you get better at it, and count in even a nominal fee for your time... you will have spent more than Sandy charges for a well QA'd product.
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lol,
Love how you put things Sara! ;-)
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Scrounged materials, a dead-simple wheel, and a unit that fits me and my boat perfectly....I seriously doubt that will cost even half.
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I want my boat to feel like a comfy modern home, not a shack in the bayou that we'd find local high class gator eating rednecks living in.
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Re: Composting Toilet - Nature's Head

Why do so many humans think that their poop and pee is so special that it needs a bio organ-grinder to decompose it properly rather than legal ocean pump out?

The average whale leaves a much larger "carbon footprint" each time it goes poop, than I would in a lifetime.
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Why do so many humans think that their poop and pee is so special that it needs a bio organ-grinder to decompose it properly rather than legal ocean pump out?

The average whale leaves a much larger "carbon footprint" each time it goes poop, than I would in a lifetime.

For one thing, there aren't 7 billion of them and they live further out in the ocean for the most part where we tend to congregate in smaller areas where it does become a problem.
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I want my boat to feel like a comfy modern home, not a shack in the bayou that we'd find local high class gator eating rednecks living in.
I find my boat very comfortable and I enjoy eating fresh gator.

I currently have a standard electric head and have considered replacing it with a composting head if/when it should go bad. Our toilet is built into a box with a lid, and I haven't figured out yet how to use the turning handle for the composter.
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Why do so many humans think that their poop and pee is so special that it needs a bio organ-grinder to decompose it properly rather than legal ocean pump out?

The average whale leaves a much larger "carbon footprint" each time it goes poop, than I would in a lifetime.
To me, the advantages of the composting toilet include using less water and being much easier to deal with than traditional heads - they seem to fit the KISS philosophy. And if anyone ever comes up with a premolded insert for separation, I would probably even consider a five gallon bucket.

And, as others have said, it is a matter of accumulation with 6 billion humans.

If, for instance, I were someplace where they had a pump out station that just pumped everything into the harbor, I would probably choose to go offshore, where my contribution to the mix would be diluted.
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