I have ordered a toilet! I have gone with the Sun-Mar Centrex 2000, non-electric. It costs WAY too much and really is more than what I ‘need’, system wise, but I there are several conclusions I have drawn through my research that have lead me this direction:
- The mechanism that the Sun-Mar products use is a manual crank device as opposed to that of some other companies that use a grating system. As I understand the grating system has a tenancy to dry out and ‘clog’, requiring a manual disassemble and cleaning. Though I was told this was rare it is not something I want to deal with.
- The unit itself is longer and more spread out and therefore allows better waste management because of the design (more surface area for ‘liquids’ to evaporate and a longer waste storage area for solids to go through, there is a drawer at the end of the process where wastes will be removed and no one will be the wiser! Or so I am told, we shall see…)
- I like the way this company is run, really there were two units in the running for my usage needs, the other being a Sancor model. Both companies have made in the USA products, Sancor is a factory direct sale and as such they were able to drop the price a bit more than Sun-Mar could… I however like the fact that Sun-Mar takes it a step further and supports local economies, providing more jobs throughout the US. My Sun-Mar dealer is located about 8 miles from my project site and was able to cut off a few hundred bucks from the ‘retail price’ for me.
- I went with a remote toilet as opposed to the self contained so the waste is not actually kept in my house, it will be in a tank below the trailer, accessible/cleanable from outside.
- I went with a waterless option so that I do not have to worry about draining extra water or hooking water up to the toilet.
- Really, what I was looking for was the most ‘conventional’ looking composting toilet, I want people to feel comfortable using the bathroom at my place and I don’t want to have to leave a book of instructions for them to be able to do so. It did end up costing me a bit more but I felt like it was worth it, and it’s all about priorities… the potty is one of those for me. 🙂