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I don't get any urine smells from the C-Head itself either, especially since I started spritzing with the vinegar-based cleaner. But pouring out over-ripe jugs can get pretty overpowering... does your tea tree oil also take care of that?
It's not bad...certainly not overpowering.

But there was that time I had asparagus for dinner.
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Re: Air Head Composting Toilet or Similar Mfg.

I'm a live aboard and am lazy so have a collection of jugs (not really that bad only 3). When I forget to add the stuff the pee ferments and builds up on the inside of the jug. The stuff I add removes it, comes off in brown flakes. Stuff is blue, after mixing with pee is green and smells a little like chlorophyll. If you get it on your hands alcohol gel hand cleaner works great.
This stuff works great for port-i-potties but would really screw up the "bugs" in a c-head so I recommend for a totally separate pee jug

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If you mean the toilet lid, here's one with the seat and lid up - although the crank isn't in place.



Here's one from the day I was unpacking the unit, with the entire top up.


Thanks. That looks a far better unit all around than either Airhead or Natures head.
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Re: Air Head Composting Toilet or Similar Mfg.

The "bomb bay opening" seems a bit small in the above picture.
How do I ask this without too much grossness?
Ah, are there occasions when the deposits leave deposits on the
diverter (black thing with spout) ? Is much practice required before
one becomes proficient at hitting the opening?
I can't believe I'm asking these questions.
I guess a lot depends on the position of the depositor. Since the stirrer
is mounted in the center of the bucket that impacts the available area for the opening.
The advantage of a horizontal stirrer is that the whole top of the bucket is available
to receive deposits but the mechanical coupling to the crank handle
is a bit more complex if one has an outer shell and an internal bucket.

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The "bomb bay opening" seems a bit small in the above picture.
How do I ask this without too much grossness?
Ah, are there occasions when the deposits leave deposits on the
diverter (black thing with spout) ? Is much practice required before
one becomes proficient at hitting the opening?
I can't believe I'm asking these questions.
I guess a lot depends on the position of the depositor. Since the stirrer
is mounted in the center of the bucket that impacts the available area for the opening.
The advantage of a horizontal stirrer is that the whole top of the bucket is available
to receive deposits but the mechanical coupling to the crank handle
is a bit more complex if one has an outer shell and an internal bucket.
Well, I've never hit anything but open air, and there wasn't any learning curve. I just plop down on it like I would any other toilet; if I land on the toilet seat I'm in the right place.

Keep in mind that the toilet seat sets directly on the C-Head's top, so one's back end is practically hanging through the opening. Makes it hard to miss... In fact I'm not sure you could if you tried, unless you started squatting above it instead of sitting down.

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Re: Air Head Composting Toilet or Similar Mfg.

add: don't toilets with trap doors have you use coffee filters? If someone can hit a coffee filter, I think they can hit the opening in a C-Head.

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The coffee filter is kind of like a catchers mit I guess
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add: don't toilets with trap doors have you use coffee filters? If someone can hit a coffee filter, I think they can hit the opening in a C-Head.
No coffee filter with the Nature's head, but you have to remember to open the trap door at the right time! I believe it was the Air Head that suggested the coffee filter, but you don't need one.

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Add us to the C-Head fan club. After a year, we find it entirely odor-free, very easy to maintain, and have had no cleaning or urine overflow problems. For men whose whole self-concept is tied to their very-special ability to stand up to pee, I invite them to either get over their little hangup or to head for the lee rail... Most men cannot aim nearly as well as they seem to think they can, and I am on that boat to enjoy myself, not to clean up splattered urine. Ick!!
The size of the C-Head is far superior, for our boat, anyway, to the other two composters. it is narrow, requires no side room for the crank, and is no taller than the toilet at home, thus no platform, no extra overhead room, or footrest necessary.
Emptying the urine container is not a problem for us... Carrying a gallon jug to the restroom when we stop for fuel is easy and inconspicuous. Nobody would even imagine the terribly illegal dumping of a jug over the side or in the nearest shoreside wilderness bushes before bedtime..and perish the very idea of rinsing that jug down the sink with the grey water. The used peat/poop goes neatly into a ventilated secondary container, very quick, odorless and easy job, for months later disposal ashore.
We know there are fastidious folk who are grossed out by compost, but fine and dandy with gallons of sewage beneath their bunks, flapper valves, stinky hoses, chemicals, and such. They are ok with waiting their turn at the nearest pumpout station on a beastly hot day, (if it is even operating), keeping a pumpout log-required by law in some areas, unclogging, er, 'unapproved deposits' by uncooperative guests, and replacing worn out or broken components at the worst possible time, but are horrified at the couple of minutes required to dump a bucket of lumpy dried peat in a plastic bag every few weeks and disposing of it, along with the galley trash. Whatever! It is great to have choices, then, isn't it?
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Re: Air Head Composting Toilet or Similar Mfg.

I'm convinced, now I just have to remove the non-functioning 'full' msd system, convert the holding tanks to lockers and install a c head.
It's the first step I'm kinda having trouble with getting started on.
Is there a neutralizer I can add to my holding tank to help knock down any potential odor and avoid upsetting my neighbors? With the engine removed, it's kinda hard to get the boat to a pump out station.

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