OFF GRID TOILETS: WHICH ONE DO YOU WANT FOR YOUR HOME?
Living off the grid isn't just about enjoying the peace and tranquillity of a home away from city noise and distractions. It also involves taking care of some very practical matters, such as providing heat, food, water, shelter, and yes, toilet facilities.
> Can I DIY it? Ie. install the toilet, build the outhouse, hook up the plumbing, manage the tanks, etc.? > What are the pros and cons of this system as it could impact OUR family? For example, a manufacturer's compostable toilet manual could say "with regular usage."
5 THINGS TO CONSIDER ABOUT OFF GRID TOILETS FOR YOUR FAMILY
5 OFF GRID TOILET OPTIONS TO CONSIDER
1. OFF GRID OUTHOUSES 2. REGULAR PLUMBING SYSTEM TO A TANK OR SEPTIC SYSTEM 3. PROPANE OR ELECTRIC INCINERATOR TOILET 4. A HONEY BUCKET 5. COMPOSTABLE OFF GRID TOILETS
1. OFF GRID OUTHOUSES
Want to build an outhouse yourself? If so, it's easy enough. If you have basic carpentry skills, you can learn how to build your own modern outhouse by visiting sites like Dwell or Instructables.
In this scenario, you'd have a regular toilet and plumbing pipes that lead out to an above ground sewage tank, an in-ground septic tank or a septic field bed.
2. REGULAR PLUMBING SYSTEM TO A TANK OR SEPTIC SYSTEM
3. PROPANE OR ELECTRIC INCINERATOR TOILET
An incinerator toilet burns human waste away. While it does away with the need for water, plumbing, or digging a pit, these off grid toilets are energy hogs because they're heating the waste to a very high temperature.
So in its simplest form, a honey bucket is just a toilet seat over a plastic-bag lined bucket.
4. A HONEY BUCKET
An increasingly popular option for off grid toilets is the composting toilet. These toilets simply evaporate the water in human waste and turn the remaining solid waste and toilet paper into compost/fertilizer, safely and without odour.
5. COMPOSTABLE OFF GRID TOILETS