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