I have an appointment to pick up a new toilet on Saturday!
Regular readers may recall that a composting toilet has been on my wish list for the Cabin. I have done my homework and decided that Nature’s Head (http://www.natureshead.net) is the best – cleanest – easiest, but have hesitated to order it due to the likely hassle and expense of having it shipped to Alaska.
(For those of you who live “outside” I should explain that shipping is something Alaskans NEVER take for granted! There are few cheap options, especially for larger items, and we frequently come up against uneducated folks who insist they can’t ship internationally! Once we convince them that Alaska is actually part of their United States they often tell us that the shipping costs are double whatever the website claims. And “free” shipping? Forget it!)
The Nature’s Head weighs about 28 lbs so I figured freight could be as much as $100 or even more depending on the packaging and the preferred shipping method of the company. I was therefore delighted to find that there is a local dealer who loves them so much she sells them out of her garage and at the website’s advertised retail price of $875 (no shipping costs!)
Through the years we have had a couple of outhouses at the Cabin. The first one that I remember was quite a ways back in the woods and was basically an open A-frame over a log that was propped up over a hole. Dad nailed a tarp over the A-frame for protection from the rain, but you had to trust the geography of the location to shield you from sight. Potty trips were mostly done in pairs by gender!
The current one is quite nice with a door that latches, a roof of corrugated plastic that lets in light but sheds snow and rain, and a real toilet seat. But the hole is nearly full and no amount of ashes from the woodstove completely kills the smell anymore. (Oddly I don’t have pictures of either of these backwoods bathrooms!) The new toilet will live in the old outhouse, but Dad and I plan to move the little building itself closer to the Cabin first and then bury the existing hole.
I can’t wait to … well … to try it out! Let’s be honest after all!