Off Grid Cabin - Composting Sawdust Toilet




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DivaBClub: If you don't mind me asking; Why did you change your mind about the composting indoor toilet? What problems were you having or experiencing? Thanks in advance for your honesty.

Richard Cole: I cant and will not because of license issues however some people use two plastic 55 gallon drums for septic tanks,, its not 6000 dollars,, maybe 200

Aynjill: What state is your cabin in-if I may ask?

Celestial0326: Ive seen people use fireplace ashes as well. What works better? Also, why is sawdust the best choice? Any particular type of sawdust best? Thanks, LIKED!

Naddycat: The simplicity of this has me sold.

buffcleb: yeah... I could do something like that... but I think the addition will get done in a year or two... I might just put it on the back so I have storage space and access to the bathroom without taking my boots off... only draw back is I would have to remove a couple more trees... give me year and we will see :)

champagne5552000: I'm going off the grid next month. How do you get water?

empie45: How 'bout just building a breezway from the house to the shed ? I wouldn't mind bad weather then. :} I'm an old broad.

buffcleb: We have an artesian well in town that I get water from... my long term plan to to harvest and filter rain water... good luck...

girlwalkswithgoats: *.* i am in love with your toilet! handsome handywork! i really love the bin on the back for sawdust too! if you put a wooden lid on that as well it would look like a nicely built around regular toilet IMO. i'm hopin to get my own sawdust set up soon. though i will probably be the only one to use mine. do you have anything you would do differently if you were to do it again? things you really did or didnt like about it? :D loved this video!

Annunaki11: How is it possible for the worms to live in the sealed buckets ? Surely the gases and the lack of air , would kill them.

NYCamper62: Good info on the composting toilet set up. Very nice spread you have there. Noticed a few panels in the background, I have 150 watts amorphous & hook up a crystaline when I need it at my camp.

buffcleb: thanks. things I would change. putting a lid on it would be advisable as I find mice in the bucket. Also when I built it the box that contains the orange deposit bucket I lined that up with the front of the toilet seat opening I would have inched that a bit forward... little girls tend to inch to the front and I had to staple a little tin splash guard to keep it in the bucket... I need to build a new one for my guest cabin. maybe over the winter I can do a video update...

ouivalerie: Why do you need a toilet when you can just squat over a hole in the ground or even in the woods there?

whitewaterider: One person doesn't like seeing poop... ;) I think this is great! Thanks!

bfinfinity: Thanks for showing and telling, looks like you have it down nearly to a science. I was glad to see how yours works, there are so many good ideas out there now. Funny how everyone is returning to the "good old days" and not wasting so much water and other resources the planet cannot afford. This IS the best solution.

AnnBearForFreedom: I have much the same setup, but mine is on standby duty for emergencies.. Mine isn't as pretty as yours, cuz I used my old hospital-styled bedside commode (I'm disabled), but it works just as well. I feel better knowing I have something in place for earthquakes (I'm in Calif), or any other extended disaster. Thanks!

TheRebel1974: Great video and idea. I am building a hunt cabin at th top of our mountain for use during hunting season. I plan on spending the night up there so I can have an advantage for the next morning hunt and needed a way to g to the bathroom without ruining our hunt with ourunwanted odors.

Berry Love: pee as fertilizer :0.this is the first time i hear this.it is more worst than using cow or human waste compose because it goes in the ground.i won't want to touch plants with pee on them :0.

buffcleb: yeah I have 2 180 watt panels... if you hunt through my videos I ddid one one solar power setup...

buffcleb: @heartlandcountrygirl thanks... I designed it myself... I just put the 5 gallon home depot bucket and waste paper bucket about where I thought they needed to be and measured everything... the whole project took one sheet of half inch plywood and some 2 inch wide poplar trim... took about a hour to build... smell is none existant when people cover things up... my kids are less then perfect in this respect... but even with things uncovered the smell is not to bad... but covered is best...

Annunaki11: Humanure...so many possibilities! Phosphate , methane, anti I.R.S. missiles , burning bags , full of it , on unsuspecting dorm residence . The list is endless .

Bonita Wilson: Yes,$10,000 is too much.If you have access to a long hose or 2,on you tube is a guy who in a weekend drilled his own well with some simple pvc pipe fittings.He show you how.Then put in 5 to 6 - plastic 55 gallon drums connected for the septic.When the 1st gets full,it goes into the 2nd,and so on.With the last one with holes everywhere to drain.That would last 10 yrs.Or out here some dig a bury a bathtub or whatever underground to pipe the waste into.These idea don't cost much using used stuff.

BRUCE LEE: Ladies like to have a area with wipes or alcohol hand disinfectant. I did this at my brothers waterless cabin.

buffcleb: @FloatFishnConnection glad you enjoyed it... I hope to get the composting area setup in the next couple of weeks... I'll be sure to get a video of that once it's setup...

buffcleb: thanks... I guess my tone is geared towards "city folks". Many never used an outhouse in their lives...I figure if you only have used a flush toilet this will seem fairly unusual... I will be building another one soon for my guest cabin project... there people wont have to go to another building to use it... that'll be a real treat :)

yummydeliciousmagic: nice.

Berry Love: cool that you made your own.if i had one i also would rather throw it into the woods or in garbage instead of using it to grow veges.are you going to use an alternative method to make a shower ?.for example filling up tank with water that is used for sink and shower instead of using the plumbing stuff or whatever it is called?.sorry im not a builder so i hope that i make sense lol. i want to build my own eco friendly tiny house under 6k in near future.

FloatFishnConnection: Exactly how we plan to do things up at camp. Thanks for another great viewing FYI! Dj

Anthony Rizzo: You sound almost apologetic about your composting toilet. DON’T! It is a handsome, well crafted, utilitarian and inexpensive human waste disposal system. It’s true that you have to see what’s going on up close but this is natural, much like killing an animal to eat we should not exempt ourselves from witnessing the whole process. Surf YouTube if you haven’t already. There’s quite a bit of information on different approaches to this subject. BTW: Yours is great.

buffcleb: as long as you keep thing covered there should be no odors... anything organic can be used as a covering... I use sawdust because there are lots of sawmills in my area... uncovered it would smell...

Anthony Rizzo: I worked as a janitor when I lived in Chicago and I’ll tell you from personal experience that a flushable toilet does not a clean and odorless bathroom make, besides an outhouse is not that dissimilar from a portta-potty. Of course an outhouse is much more hygienic. I'm sure your guest will love your new indoor toilet once it's installed! I wish you the best!

Heartland Country Girl: I really like the box you built for this with the trash bin in the back. Did you design this yourself or get the plan somewhere? I was discussing putting one of these in my basement so I don't have to dig up the floor. How does this do with smells?
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