Is a C-Head Legal in Utah!

A short while back someone sent me this link (without comment) on a YouTube video about how composting toilets are “illegal” in Utah. I dutifully watched the video and I must say that this is some serious Goober Pyle stuff and is worth watching for the entertainment value alone. Here is the link if you want to watch it but basically it is a pissing contest between Gomer and Goober disguised as a informative discussion about the legality of composting toilets in Utah. No doubt this video has elicited the desired ennui among RV and travel trailer owners that use composting toilets. I had to comment . . .

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Corner Installation Considerations

Things you should consider if you have a corner installation.

If you are wanting to install a C-Head in a corner, there are some things that are important to consider. There are basically three kinds of corner installations.

Common corner installation

The first is simply installing the toilet in a corner facing out at an angle into the room. This is common with RVs and travel trailers. It can give the room the appearance of more usable foot space or standing room or it may have some other practical reason. In this type of installation the walls are at 90 degrees and extend all the way up perpendicular to the floor. Usually a wedged back or shorty model is used because of the angled back, but a basic model will work just as well if there is plenty of room in the bathroom it will simply stand out two inches further into the room.

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Gee Whiz! Why Separate the Pee from the Poo? – aka Urine Diversion

Courtesy Joe Jenkins’
Humanure Handbook

There is something of a battle going on between the “bucket and chuck it” composting toilet crowd and the urine diverting composting toilet bunch. The bucket and chuck it followers see the urine diversion as an unnecessary step to what should be a simple process and they have a point in some respects. If you own a large piece of land with tons of compostable material so that you can create a composting mound large enough to create thermophilic composting through the winter and one that can absorb all the urine, then it could make sense to go the easier route. But the bucket and chuck it method can still be a nasty process. Sure, the toilet may not stink in your house, but when you empty it onto the composting mound it is a gloppy, stinky mess that must be washed out of the holding container. In addition, this requires the use of water to rinse out the container. This can sometimes be collected from rainwater as Jenkins system does but it still requires water which makes it less desirable in situations where water is scarce or composting material is scarce. But it is the best system in many circumstances.

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Taking the “No-plunger” Plunge.

The Case for the Marine Composting Toilet.

There are three ways to suddenly get a lot of water in the bilge. Being holed, being rolled and having the large bore thru-hull to the head fail. All three have the potential of sinking your boat. But sinking your boat is a long shot. Much more likely are the other negative aspects of the marine head. Few things can cause more distress or potential havoc on board a boat than the head.  There are more than enough discouraging and disgusting events caused by a marine head to give it the bad reputation it so richly deserves. Being filled with poop makes these problems exponentially worse.

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Coco Coir, Peat Moss? Which Medium

After experimenting with numerous mediums, it has become clear that the ideal medium (sawdust, peat moss, coco coir, etc.) for processing your waste into compost depends on how you plan on using your C-Head toilet. Boaters and RV owners are going to want something that stores easily and doesn’t take up space. They may also consider the ecological impact of disposing of the waste be it in the trash or in the woods. Homesteaders and permaculturists are more concerned with which mediums compost the fastest and best and are compatible with their gardening philosophy. The C-Head can accommodate a variety of mediums in processing solid waste.

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A Peculiar Business

I’ve been a soldier, a sailor, a boat builder, a roughneck, a photographer, a permaculture gardener, a firefighter and an inventor. I had a cabinet shop for ten years, worked in various and sundry interesting occupations, and I retired at 60 from a 17-year career as a firefighter and paramedic. If you had told me fifty years ago that the culmination of all those skills would result in a business that builds and sells toilets, I’m not sure what my reaction would have been. My guess is that I would laughed at you and dismissed it as a joke. But alas, here we are and I find myself pulled out of retirement and back into the hectic world of being a self-employed businessman, hair on fire and all! And all about a toilet!

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