Thursday, September 24, 2009

Best toilet around.

That's right everyone, it's true; it is the best toilet around. And it's a composting toilet to boot. I heard on Living on Earth a couple podcasts ago that in Sweden they call it the 'utedass' or dry compost toilet and it sounds like everyone over there has one. Maybe soon enough more people will have them here in the states. This is Gerard, the architect behind this beauty of a building. He took apart an old meat curing salt shed we had on the property and used that wood for all of the siding and the awesome dutch doors (we're going to have some dutch doors in our house proper, love them).
Because of the old recycled wood the little shack has a great feel to it. In the first picture the plexiglass hasn't been put on, but it's there now and works to heat the composting pile of s*#$. Pretty cool huh? The urine is diverted outside via the pvc pipe. The black pipe supposedly works like a vacuum and draws out the odors. We use leaf mulch and wood ash to cover what we leave behind. This has been a great addition to the farm. What next you ask? Solar powered irrigation? solar power for the house?? a wetland water run-off purification system? what else? the sky is the limit.


Randy Emmitt said...

Bet it'll be cold on a windy winter night. better insulate it well. Meg had a composting toilet installed in their addition about 20 years ago. The county had a fit trying to figure out how it'll pass building code. They did get it to pass code.

Looking for house photos???

Kevin LaVoy said...

I like the his and hers toilet seats. With room in between to set the Sunday Times for a long session.

Alix said...

maybe next Mule article is about the best composting toilets around... perhaps not a portrait section this time! Have just spent 5 days at my uncle's farm in Mendocino for harvest festival-- two days of apple harvesting to make 150 apple pies of seven different heirloom apples. Wish I could share the pies with you!

Gigi Lee said...

Ditto on the his and hers toilet seats. That'll be good for parties on the farm too. And the Dutch doors can let you decide how much privacy you want while, ahem, reading the Sunday Times.