What about the toilet?

Well yes, one has to address that issue in off grid living.  Fortunately, we’ve been using a composting toilet with great results!

Both #1 and #2 end up in a compost tumbler outside where they decompose for 12 months.  At that point all the bacteria is gone and we spread the compost on ornamental trees (not edible plants).  No smell, no bugs, no problems!

This toilet is vented using a tiny 12 volts computer fan that sits under the toilet.  We also use a urine separator to eliminate any odors.

This toilet was designed after the Nature’s Head, but it cost $200 instead of $1000.  I used the urine separator from Free Range designs and it is really well made.

Here’s how it’s built:

 

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The urine bottle and a shelf for the bucket. I had laminate countertop leftovers, hence the fancy granite look.
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The bucket fits snugly against the bottle
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The urine separator goes on top.
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The urine bottle and a shelf for the bucket. I had laminate countertop leftovers, hence the fancy granite look.
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The finished toilet in the bathroom. The pine box is white washed to blend in with the white tile.
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