The shizzer shack:
Step One

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The needs behind the house of need to

Perhaps the biggest headache of living off grid for any time is the, er, waste management situation.

When quizzed I think most folks would say its gotta be

  • safe
  • clean
  • easy to access
  • not stinky
  • have wash up water
  • involve sitting
  • be warm in the winter time

As I’m off grid full time, I would add
  • shower with hot water
  • laundry facility
At 8 x 16 it's a work in progress. Still. Composting toilet, check. Hot water shower, check. Laundry facilities, check.
At 8 x 16 it’s a work in progress. Still. Composting toilet, check. Hot water shower, check. Laundry facilities, check.
The Shizzer Shack is almost done. But I still have some finishing to do-o-o.
The Shizzer Shack is almost done. But I still have some finishing to do-o-o.
The Shizzer Shack

My solution to this problem was something my friends quickly began to call the “shizzer shack.” Poo palace, House of shitzen, they all made a run (blush) for top title.

My version is an off grid, composting toilet, heated room that offers a place for waste, a way to wash/shower with hot water, and even has a clothes washing machine.

Specifically
  • It’s an envirolet composting toilet. Kind of a pre-fab Muldrum moldering toilet design. I got mine 3rd hand at about a 70% discount. It’s in year 3 of full time operation and it works pretty well. Remember tho, I’m one guy with only occasional visitors.
  • The shower is 40×60. The shower pan was found on blow out discount at a big box. For the shower “glass wall” I used a piece of “OPTIX 6-ft x 3-ft x .118-in Clear Acrylic Sheet” from Lowes. It was $70 bucks. A lot cheaper and easier to install than glass.
  • A Haier mini washing machine. Which for one guy has already paid for itself in not having to drive to town to do laundry.
    • It uses quite a bit of water though. Almost 40 gallons on a “large” load. So I tend to do “medium loads” more frequently. About 20 gallons per load.
    • They say it’s not “energy star” but as I dry my laundry on a clothes line, I do laundry on sunny days and have had no trouble with the energy consumption.
The Haier Hlp23e works great for this off grid guy.
The Haier Hlp23e works great for this off grid guy.

Follow through the Shizzer Shack posts to learn more … and, as always, comments appreciated.

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Step One”

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