Frequently Asked Questions About The Nature's Head Dry Composting Toilet
Does The Nature's Head Toilet Smell Bad?
When properly taken care of, there's no reason for the Nature's Head toilet to smell bad. Separation of urine from solid waste is built into the design, guaranteeing a lack of foul odor. As long as the toilet is well cared for, the only odor you should detect is a slightly earthy scent that will vary depending on the composting material.
It doesn't end there however. When your Nature's Head toilet fan and head vent are in proper working order, you'll have even more protection against odor. These components work in tandem to remove any extraneous liquid from the solid waste bin.
If you happen to detect an unpleasant smell, there are a few potential causes that should be incredibly simple to fix. The most common is a small malfunction of the fan. All you'll usually need to do in this instance is to assure the fan is plugged in and operational. If the fan isn't working, the liquids will evaporate at a far slower rate than required to avoid bad odors.
The toilet's liquids bottle might also have a poor seal. Take notice of the nature of the smell. If all you really pick up on is urine, the Nature's Head liquids bottle is surely the cause. The seal should be tight whenever the toilet's top lid is down and in a latched position.
Disposing of the Waste From The Nature's Head Toilet?
This toilet is designed as a self contained, waterless unit that can separate urine from dry waste. As a composting toilet, it helps break down waste. As the waste sits over time, the composting process should take care of itself naturally.
However, leaving waste within the solid bin to compost fully isn't always practical. An external compost pile is an ideal location for waste disposal. Everything can finish breaking down naturally from there.
Note that the longer you can hold off before emptying the toilet however, the easier it's going to be. Many existing Nature's Head toilet owners have found success in allowing solid waste to accumulate throughout the winter months before emptying in the spring. That won't be possible for everyone, but even waiting one week can often provide enough composting to make the emptying process cleaner.
It's for the best if you can remove the liquid waste a bit more regularly. Urine will naturally begin to smell if allowed to sit for an extended period of time. Emptying the liquids bottle is quite simple however.
How Should The Nature's Head Toilet Be Emptied?Two different parts of the Nature's Head toilet must be emptied: the liquids bottle and the solid waste bin. The liquid waste bottle can carry just over 2 gallons, meaning it has to be emptied more regularly for typical installations. Fortunately, urine works as a great fertilizer for trees, and it can even be diluted for use with plants. Dilute liquid waste with eight times as much water and you'll have a wonderful fertilizer. The odor shouldn't be an issue at that point.
The solid waste compost bin has to be handled a bit differently. The compost needs to be emptied into a compost pile if you have one. A bin will also work. You can also dispose of the waste into a bag that can be thrown out with the rest of the trash or buried. Getting used to this routine might take a while, but maintaining your Natures Head Waterless Toilet will eventually become second nature.