My interest in all-things-tiny-and-old started at 12 years old when I became fascinated with a tiny abandoned farm house near my parent’s home...and I've been sketching floor plans ever since. My Tiny Houses are the culmination of a life spent dreaming of a tiny reclaimed space, all my own.
When You Just Gotta' Go! (My Composting Toilet Story)
I met a new friend at a bar the other night.She read an article in the local paper about
my tiny house and reached out via facebook.She is just starting to plan for her tiny house build.She had so many questions!
Most of them, however, had to do with how she might go about
finding a host for her tiny house.What
would she tell them?What did she
need?Should she build first and THEN
look for a place to put it?
During this conversation I realized, more than I had before,
how many of my initial decisions regarding the design and amenities for my tiny
house were based on my goal of being as “low maintenance” as possible to my
host. I wanted to make it easy for them to say “yes”.
Lina Minard once said “All tiny house conversations turn to
the subject of either poop, or sex, within the first ten minutes.”And there I was, in a bar, explaining to a
stranger, how to select a composting toilet, what it does, and how to become an
expert on composting.
Reduce your water consumption by using a composting toilet. Reuse the box as a collection bin for charity donations. Recycle your old linens and pillows and extra household goods by donating them. Win. Win. Win.
There really was never any question about whether or not I
would have a composting toilet. I already have a portable RV toilet for my
camper. And, I hate emptying it, so much, I have never used it.And, I had no intention of using a 5 gallon
Home Depot bucket.So when it came to
choosing a composting toilet, the main question really was “Which one?”
Hard at work on my water closet!
I turned to Google and YouTube and started my research. And,
I discovered, out of all of the composting toilets out there, Nature’s Head had
the best reputation and several glowing recommendations.
You can do your own research as well but in a nutshell,
here’s how it works:
1)The liquid waste (pee) is diverted to a
front-loaded and sealed container to prevent it from mingling with the solid
2)The solid waste (poo) and toilet paper is
diverted, via a manually opened latch, to a centrally-located tank where is it
stirred, via a manual crank with peat moss to help remove the moisture and
3)A tiny fan runs 24/7 to remove smell and
moisture from the solid waste tank.
4)To clean it you just spray vinegar and water on
the bowl after every use.
Almost ready, my Nature's Head toilet, sitting quietly in the background.
Here are the less than obvious attributes:
1)Guests will need a set of instructions in order
to use it properly.
2)Male guests need to sit, to pee.I can tell you that this is NOT a popular
mandate in my tiny house.
3)It is super easy to install!
4)My guests are amazed at how you cannot smell it,
The vent tube and fan are hardly noticeable!
As easy as it was, to install, I did have a few Oops
1)Don’t use Miracle Grow peat moss. I bought some
and THEN read the manual where it says, several times in BOLD type, not
2)You’re supposed to attach the toilet to the
floor.My floor, however, is glass
tile.There is a section in the
installation manual that says I should attach it to a piece of plywood but, to
be honest, I’m not sure why I even need to attach it to the floor.It’s quite stable already.I am sure, however, that I will eventually figure
it out.Maybe when I’m moving my tiny
house and the full toilet tips over?Note to self: empty toilet before I move my house again.
3)I had to buy yet another tool, a hole saw, to
install the vent tubing.And, I find it
very ironic that I spent so much time and money making a weather proof house
and then have to drill big holes in it.
4)I read the instructions and they said to buy the
converter if I would be plugging it in to a 110V outlet.So, I went online and ordered one.Then, when I went to unpack it I discovered
that Nature’s Head had already sent me one, pre-installed on the toilet
already.Lesson:Unpack the toilet, survey the supplies, read
the manual and THEN buy extra stuff you may need to install it.
A throne to be proud of!
Larry at Nature’s Head is a great guy.Heck, the entire staff is.I received my shipment notice via email on a
So, if you’re looking for a composting toilet that will last
you a lifetime, from a company with a great reputation, and a product with
unsurpassed quality; you really should buy a Nature’s Head.
Or you can use a bush.My guy
friends still do that and it works great for them…..