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Composting heads - remove thru-hulls?

First, thanks for all the comments in other threads about composting heads. We've decided to go with a Nature's Head. The old head and hoses have been removed already.

For those who've gone this route, did you remove the thru-hulls or just leave them? Our valves are currently closed ( obviously ) and plugged, but I'm thinking of having them glassed over. Any suggestions ?
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If you're sure you're not going to need them, I would definitely glass them over.

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Just put my Nature's Head in last weekend which freed up 1 through hull. I might use it for an internal AC/heater. But however much my carryon AC annoys me, I've heard internal AC's can be a PITA, so I may just nix that idea and glass it up.
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First, thanks for all the comments in other threads about composting heads. We've decided to go with a Nature's Head. The old head and hoses have been removed already.

For those who've gone this route, did you remove the thru-hulls or just leave them? Our valves are currently closed ( obviously ) and plugged, but I'm thinking of having them glassed over. Any suggestions ?
I would wait a year. Friends of mine just took their composting head back out after about 6 months. Then do what you like.

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I would wait a year. Friends of mine just took their composting head back out after about 6 months. Then do what you like.
Any idea why they took it out or what they didnt like about it?
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Any idea why they took it out or what they didnt like about it?
Their reasons are posted on their blog, here:
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I was not trying to say whether this was right or wrong, only that it might be reasonable to leave the holes intact until the next haul-out.

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Just read the write up, never considered insects as a problem..

We almost pulled the trigger on one, we decided to stick with out normal head though. Good blog post that is worth the read either way.
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Just read the write up, never considered insects as a problem..
Yeah. That's not the first post I've read about insect problems either. I think it's something you need to take in account with a composting toilet install and maintenance.

I think with any system you're trading one set of problems for another set of problems. It's mostly a matter of what problems you prefer to deal with.
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Be aware that in some areas, you may run into legal issues with a composting head. The way some of the laws are written, the composting heads can fall into strange grey areas.

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Sounds like a disaster. And, from the writeups, the operation of the device sounds similar to an ordinary septic system, which is slow even when enzymes are added regularly. Guess I'll stick with the holding tank and pump-outs.

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