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01-10-2013 08:05 PM
Minnewaska
Re: Composting Head?

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Originally Posted by amelia View Post
.....or dump it in the woods. It IS sterile, after all......
If that logic works then just dump it overboard.
01-10-2013 06:09 PM
wolfenzee
Re: Composting Head?

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One surprise was that TP seems to float on the surface of the COIR/peat, rather than being drawn down into the mixture. We deal with that by letting it dry and from time to time, plucking it out, putting it into a plastic bag, and chucking it with the rest of the garbage. It hasn't been a problem the way a sewage-soaked plastic hose would be to me, or repairing a jammed mascerator would be.

The other thing that takes some getting used to, at least for male mariners, is that EVERYBODY sits to use this thing. If they don't, ain't NObody gonna be happy with the soggy results. So, deal with it, friend. Cooperate or head for the lee rail.
Sitting is sort of essential on my boat regardless.....but I use a DELO oil jug for that anyway.
01-10-2013 02:28 PM
amelia
Re: Composting Head?

One surprise was that TP seems to float on the surface of the COIR/peat, rather than being drawn down into the mixture. We deal with that by letting it dry and from time to time, plucking it out, putting it into a plastic bag, and chucking it with the rest of the garbage. It hasn't been a problem the way a sewage-soaked plastic hose would be to me, or repairing a jammed mascerator would be.

The other thing that takes some getting used to, at least for male mariners, is that EVERYBODY sits to use this thing. If they don't, ain't NObody gonna be happy with the soggy results. So, deal with it, friend. Cooperate or head for the lee rail.
01-10-2013 02:17 PM
amelia
Re: Composting Head?

We have a C-Head, our first loo in our homemade boat, and so far, in 9 months of light use, couldn't be more pleased. The simplicity of design, the ease of keeping it clean, the fact that its few parts can be easily, locally and cheaply replaced, make it excellent for our needs. We don't need to buy a big expensive custom jug for the urine, (just screw on the cap and put another clean gallon jug in its place. next time we go ashore, we take the full jug in a grocery sack, and empty it into a toilet, or dump it in the woods. It IS sterile, after all.)
At $500,it is hard to beat the price of the rig, and frankly, I don't care where the nearest pump out is, how much it costs, etc. When the fiber/poop mixture seems hard to turn, the contents are emptied into an ordinary 5-gallon bucket, which is ventilated, where further drying takes place. Composted? Not really, I suppose. but dried into an entirely odorless lumpy mix that can be tied up in a plastic bag and chucked, less offensively than cat litter or used Pampers. Or a permanent lid can be fastened on it, and chucked, and by the time THAT decomposes, the contents will be the least of our problems. As for me, I plan to start a long-term compost bin not too far from our dock, well hidden by azaleas, which should be happy to have it.
It is easy, needs no nasty chemicals, no emergency 'unauthorized-deposits'-caused tear-downs, and has, so far, no odor at all. No bugs, either. I may have to eat my words some hot summer day, but that day hasn't come yet.
12-19-2012 08:58 PM
wolfenzee
Re: Composting Head?

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Originally Posted by Brent Swain View Post
Friends simply dump the solids into a large plastic garbage bag and throw it in a dumpster. No pumpout needed.
The sales rep for Air Head (which has about the same dimensions as Natures Head) pointed out that the bags designed for trash compactors (a standard size) fit perfectly over the bottom half of the air head.
12-19-2012 08:40 PM
Brent Swain
Re: Composting Head?

Friends simply dump the solids into a large plastic garbage bag and throw it in a dumpster. No pumpout needed.
12-19-2012 05:42 PM
Minnewaska
Re: Composting Head?

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Originally Posted by wolfenzee View Post
That "reality check" was a problem cause by the urine collector being filled beyond capacity.....that falls under user error (one that I have also made with "pee jugs" )
Heads, as with any other component on a boat....what works under some circumstances, budgets, boats and individual people may work differently with others.
Read to the end. They were not impressed by the composting of the turd laid just prior to emptying that either.

I thought it was a balanced pro/con article. Not against, just honestly discussing the downside too.
12-19-2012 05:30 PM
wolfenzee
Re: Composting Head?

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Originally Posted by Minnewaska View Post
There was one story posted earlier in this thread. I doubt infestation was operator error. I'm also sure it isn't common. There was at least one other member of this forum that I recall having deep regrets over their composter. They will have to speak for themselves.

Here's a reality check:

Do you like your composting toilet? | MNN - Mother Nature Network
That "reality check" was a problem cause by the urine collector being filled beyond capacity.....that falls under user error (one that I have also made with "pee jugs" )
Heads, as with any other component on a boat....what works under some circumstances, budgets, boats and individual people may work differently with others.
12-19-2012 05:17 PM
Minnewaska
Re: Composting Head?

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When a composting toilet's problems are such that would cause them to be ripped out the problem us usually do to operator error.
I know the reasons that people like composting heads (as well as the reason's people replaced a composting head from one manufacturer with a composting head from another). So to be fair I would like to hear the reasons from the people who "ripped out" their composting heads as to why they ripped out their heads, how they operated their head, what they replaced and what replaced them....and if they were happy with those....some people are not happy if things on a boat don't behave the same way as they do on land.
There was one story posted earlier in this thread. I doubt infestation was operator error. I'm also sure it isn't common. There was at least one other member of this forum that I recall having deep regrets over their composter. They will have to speak for themselves.

Here's a reality check:

Do you like your composting toilet? | MNN - Mother Nature Network
12-19-2012 03:20 PM
wolfenzee
Re: Composting Head?

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Originally Posted by Jgbrown View Post
Actually on land is where they make the most sense to me, for remote areas, or for vehicles.
On a boat, sure they are an option, but on land in some cases, the only good option at all.



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The space on my boat where I can put a head (the cabin trunk extends 12" ahead of the mast to give sitting headroom on the head) is relatively small, originally it had a "proper head" with holding tank, etc.....that took up alot of storage space and the last owner replaced it with a port-i-pottie, the composting head is far superior to a port-i-pottie and takes up the same "foot print". For my boat the composting head makes the most sense. Because of the fact it is 6" taller than the port-i-pottie I loose the single berth in the forward cabin, but you wouldn't want to sleep up there at sea anyway.
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