There are several different types of off grid toilets. Each one has its pros and cons and specific requirements for installation.
IMPORTANT: There is much more flexibility if you are installing your off grid toilet during the initial build phase of your home. Retrofitting a toilet after the walls and floor are closed up is much more work so making the decision on a system that is right for your needs is best done during the planning stages and before you build. Here are some considerations BEFORE you build:
If you’re planning to buy or build an off grid toilet system, it’s important to note that local rules and regulations may vary depending on your location. Additionally, you should consider the distance from the nearest house connected to the centralized sewer, energy costs, and average temperatures throughout the year.
It’s worth noting that not all off grid toilets are designed to function in all climates. Some are better suited for warm areas, while others are better for four-season solutions. Some systems do not output anything at all into the environment while others eject only the sterile liquid and not the solid waste. It’s only when you combine the liquid and the solids of human waste together that you create “sewage”. Separated they can be handled quite differently as you’ll learn.
When deciding which off grid toilet system to buy, it’s important to consider the size of the system based on your usage. A small off grid toilet is ideal for an RV or a small off grid cabin, cottage or home where you only spend a few weekends a year. However, if the off grid toilet serves a family of several adults plus children every day, you’ll want a system that’s big enough to keep up with everyone’s needs.
This element is vital, especially when you pick a solution that needs to be emptied regularly or when you live in a cold climate and need to exit a warm cabin in the middle of the night to run outside to an outhouse. Yes, folks still have and use those!
Aside from choosing which system to buy, the installation process is the next most critical factor that can make or break even the best off grid toilet solution. Therefore, it’s essential to consider the complexity of the installation process when you consider the best off grid toilet for your homestead or cabin.
Anyone with average DIY skills can install an off grid toilet and chances are if you’re building an off grid home you can easily install one of these systems. However, if you’re not confident in your DIY skills and have any doubt about making messy mistakes, you might want to opt for a fully assembled product or find a company that can install the toilet for you.
Alternatively, you can always hire a third party to get the help you need. In this scenario, it’s crucial to ensure that the contractor has prior experience installing the type of toilet you’re purchasing. You can live with a shoddy bathroom paint job but an improperly plumbed urine drain line is nothing to laugh at.
Off grid toilets are not created equal. Some systems are complex and self-sustainable, which means they require low maintenance. However, if you don’t want to invest too much in such a system, you can opt for an eco-toilet that requires you to carry a bucket of waste to a predetermined disposal point several times a week.
It’s important to know where and how you’ll dispose of the waste before picking the right system. Analyzing the implications of having a specific type of off grid toilet can help you make a better decision. Our system separates the liquids from the solids and after a period of “dehydration” the solids become odorless, dried up and can be discarded as regular household waste.
When considering the cost of an off grid toilet, it’s important to keep in mind that the price can vary depending on the type of system you choose. For instance, a simple bucket toilet can cost as little as $20, while a high-end composting toilet can cost upwards of $2,000. Other factors that can affect the cost include the frequency of use, maintenance requirements, and installation complexity. It’s also worth noting that some off grid toilets require additional components such as ventilation systems or urine diverters, which can also add to the overall cost. It’s essential to assess your budget and requirements before making a purchase decision.