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    For about 40 years, my family has had a remote log cabin that is only accessible in the summer. During the winter, the cabin is under 20ft of snow. We are only able to visit the cabin about 1 month each year. There is no septic system for a toilet.

    Back in the 70's when they built it, they went with a basic outhouse for a toilet. It's an enclosed building with a homemade wood bench-type of toilet that is just a deep hole in the ground (at least it used to be deep...) ;-)

    Anyways, I grew up going to this cabin every summer and I'm getting to the age where I am going to be taking over the responsibility of the cabin and it's maintenance. In my opinion the outhouse is past it's prime and a better solution needs to be found.

    I've been researching it and I've found 2 other options:

    1. The Humanure Toilet - http://humanurehandbook.com/humanure_toilet.html
    I'm not sure how well this will work with a family of 10 people visiting for a month. It will have to be emptied constantly...

    2. Chemical Compost Toilets -
    http://www.envirolet.com/
    http://www.biolet.com/
    http://www.sun-mar.com/
    It seems like a compost toilet would work well, but there is one problem. Lets say it's the last day of our visit. We are going to leave that day and not return for almost a year. If someone goes to the bathroom in the compost toilet, we obviously just can't leave it in there when we leave because no one will be there to rotate the compost bin on a regular basis. Not sure how to deal with this...

    So I'm looking for any types of solutions that others have come across and have had any types of experiences with. Something that is safe, family-friendly and easy to maintain is important. Any ideas or opinions about products and what would work best for our situation? Thanks

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    http://www.propaneproducts.com/ecojohn.html

    Not sure on budget but here is another option. will need to shop around.

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    Dig another hole and move the structure or build a bigger new one. For 1 month summer use this is the most logical.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Music Man View Post
    Dig another hole and move the structure or build a bigger new one. For 1 month summer use this is the most logical.
    I agree.

    The dollar per turd would be too high purchasing any kind of system rather than just digging another hole.

    1 new hole (approximately 1-8 hours) / another 40 years = super cheap and practical for intended use

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    If you decide to go with a composting toilet get SunMar. I have had the stand alone one for years and it works great for my wife and I. I did have it in the lodge for the first year and it worked fine it was too small and needed weekly removal of material. For your case I would dig an outhouse hole behind the cabin 30 feet or so and install a toilet in the house piping to the outhouse, have the male types pee outside. After you have prepped the toilet to leave and folks need to do thier business use the out house. Lime is a good friend of outhouse usage.. Just my thoughts for women that don't like the trip to the outhouse...

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    Yes, just build another one over a deeper hole. Have a bag of lime handy to sprinkle in......

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    http://storburn.ca/

    We have been using one of the 60K series at our place for about 8 years and it works great. Not a cheap option, especially with the propane required to burn it off but no odors and when we leave, we can just light the pilot, set the timer and next time we get out there there is only a small pile of ash to clean out. My wife will never return to the outhouse again..........

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    took some time and measurments..but it is in place. Toliet goes in next along with a few pieces of 3in PVC and we are G2G. Gravity at its best.

    Going to put another 150gal stored under it...pick it up and put in truck...hook up flex hose, turn valve and presto..drained..lol

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