What is the difference between the C-Head and the BoonJon? - The only difference between the C-Head and the BoonJon is
that the C-Head comes with the "vent hood adaptor" for storing waste on-site or on-board and the BoonJon doesn't (Except for the
Bunker BoonJon) Both are marine grade construction and otherwise identical.

BoonJon is designed for "off-the-grid" living accommodations where on-site composting is possible. The ventilation hood is not
included but may be useful and should be considered.
BoonJon uses includes homesteads, hunting cabins, storm shelters, survival
bunkers, tree houses, Boondocking RVs and campers that use sites where dumping the waste is practical and legal.
Why is a BoonJon better than an outhouse? - For homesteaders and cabin dwellers, outhouses may be quaint and it may seem
simple in remote areas to just dig a hole in the ground, cover it with a small outhouse building and then cover the hole and move
the building when it gets full in a year or so, but consider the outhouse for a minute. It stinks, it wastes a valuable resource, it
pollutes the ground around it and worst of all, it is outside exposing you to the elements and wildlife. A BoonJon can easily be
installed inside your home or cabin. It is much less expensive and labor intensive to install; there is usually no ventilation needed;
there is no sewage smell; insects are easily controlled; the waste is available for use as valuable fertilizer in liquid and solid form; and
you can use it without having to go out into the night or bad weather. This is a no-brainer.
What is the difference between the "Box" model, the "Bucket" model and the "Angled Back" and "Cut Away Base"
modifications with the C-Head version? -

The Box model is the standard model and is rectangular along the back side. It is more stable when standing unanchored and offers
more options with ventilation in that it can be vented from the side, The
Bucket model is tapered in the back to fit into smaller
spaces like a corner or the bow of a boat or you may choose it for esthetic purposes if you want the head to resemble a bucket, the
traditional toilet for cruising boats in the past. The
Angled Back footprint is angled at the bottom back side to allow it to slide back
against a sloping hull side so that it does not intrude into the standing area. And the
Cut Away Base footprint is designed for short
pedestals found on numerous boats and RVs.
Is the C-Head a legal marine toilet? - Yes, the C-Head falls in the Type III MSD classification. C-Head meets and exceeds all the
criteria for a "portable" or "installed" toilet. As a portable unit, the entire unit and/or the collection containers are designed to be
easily carried on and off the boat. The waste can be removed using an attached or integrated portable rigid container and disposed
of using onshore facilities, and it does not require water or electricity from the boat. "Portable" and Type III MSD toilets do not
require certification by the USCG on pleasure craft. (
click here to read USCG reg) This allows us to customize our products for the
buyer. Portable toilets are accepted on virtually all bodies of water in the United States. They are the simplest, easiest and cheapest
method of responsible waste control and by their simplicity they encourage good environmental stewardship. (Note: Even though
the C-Head is classified as portable, it is required by regulation, to be secured to the boat using one of several
quick release methods
laid out in the instructions to prevent spills in rough seas or collision.) The C-Head can be "installed" and used in conjunction with a
Type III MSD holding tank using an EUD.
Click here.
What is the best way to get rid of the urine? - Mixing urine with solid waste is what creates that horrible head odor smell that
cruising boaters RV owners are familiar with. To prevent this, separating the urine is critical, so disposing of the urine is a necessary
issue. With the C-Head you have several options that are not available with other systems. Because the C-Head uses inexpensive and
easily available one-gallon water jugs, you can first, simply fill and store gallon jugs of urine. Having them in one gallon jugs allows
you to place them in small, out-of-the-way spaces until you can empty them. A cloth grocery bag is designed to hold two one-gallon
water jugs and is a discreet way of carrying them ashore. Adding a squirt of diluted Campa-chem deodorizer to your gallon jugs,
after each use of the toilet, will eliminate all the smell completely. Pour them out in the restroom or overboard offshore. You may
also opt to use an external urine diverter (EUD). Managing urine this way is a little more work but it is worth the trade off for total
control of head odor and the convenience of not having to find a pump out station. Making it part of your daily routine will
prevent overflow, which can be a problem with the other composting toilet systems. And finally, if you are using your C-Head for
weekend forays or week long cruises, you can take the urine home and dilute it half and half with water and pour it in your flower
beds or around your trees as a great fertilizer.
Can you put toilet paper inside the toilet? - You can put toilet paper inside the toilet, however, it will fill up the toilet faster,
especially if women are using it for urinating which would be expected. This is, of course, less of an issue if you are only using your
toilet for a few days at a time, like weekends. You cannot control how much paper the users are going to use. I recommend using a
small 2-gal waste basket with a lid (lined with removable, small plastic grocery bags) for the toilet paper, if only for toilet paper used
after urinating. Using a waste basket for toilet paper is a common practice for people cruising and living aboard boats and is a
cultural or modesty issue rather than a health or sanitation issue. It also does not produce any noticeable odors contrary to what one
would think. I also suggest that you use paper towels instead of toilet paper if you are going to put it inside the toilet as it will cause
you to use significantly less paper overall. Simply tear the sheets into convenient, usable sizes.

What is an EUD and how does it work? - An EUD or external urine diverter is an accessory that you can purchase as an accessory
that allows you to divert the flow of the urine outside the toilet to a larger collection container. This is very useful in applications like
bunkers, cabins, homesteads, other OTG situations with a drain field or septic field. It is also a good solution for boaters, campers,
RVs and trailers with holding tanks. Using an EUD in conjunction with a holding tank allows you to extend the use of the holding
tank between pump outs significantly. Using a well designed hybrid system of a portable toilet for solid waste and a holding tank
system for urine collection is probably the best solution to waste storage aboard a vessel, prevention of illegal waste dumping, and
for odor control and increased range of use.
Is a BoonJon legal in my home? - With respect to permanent residences, codes vary, but in general, you can use a C-Head or
BoonJon for temporary or emergency use and anywhere you are allowed to use a cassette type portable toilet. This might include,
use by bedridden patients, homes with overflowing septic fields, prepper bunkers, hurricanes, storms or other failed utility incidents,
etc. Using a C-Head or BoonJon portable composting toilet in your home is dictated by local codes. Contact your county or city
authority for information regarding the use of composting or dehydrating toilets in your area. Always dispose of waste responsibly
and remain conscious of the effects that composting of waste have on the surrounding environment. Congested or environmentally
sensitive areas are more likely to restrict the use of composting toilets.
So what are the advantages of a composting toilet over other systems? - There are several. Managing waste using the C-Head
system is cleaner than other waste management systems (including other available composting systems). Dividing the waste helps
eliminate the odor common to other systems that mix the liquid and solid waste (your local waste treatment facility is a case in
point). For boats, travel trailers and RVs, the C-Head system eliminates the use of water and frees you from the restrictions of having
to find a pump-out facility or pay pump-out fees. This allows you to travel to sensitive areas on land as well as on the water, areas
like the Keys, the ICW and the nation's lakes, bays and rivers, or go "boondocking" in the national forests, uninterrupted for extended
periods of time. The C-Head is considerably less expensive to install, retrofit, repair and maintain, and it adds a beautiful and novel
feature to you boat, camper, or cabin.  
How are the BoonJon and C-Head different from the other compact composting toilets? - It is smaller, lighter, and the seat is
larger and positioned lower and is more comfortable. It is easier to empty, clean, maintain and operate. The waste it produces is
more safely and securely removed because it pours out easily and completely and uses inexpensive rigid disposal containers for
disposal rather than plastic bags. It is far more attractive and it can be custom finished to suit your wishes. It uses non-proprietary
containers and components that are inexpensive and easily replaced. The C-Head has a double containment system to protect against
spills. It is easy to repair with minimal skills. It is more versatile in its waste storage capabilities and it is much less expensive than its
competitors. See the "C-Head
How is the C-Head portable toilet different from a so-called Porta-Potty? - The biggest difference between a C-Head and
other portable cassette type flushing and non-flushing toilets is the separation of the liquid and solid waste. Mixing the two can create
a strong odor or require the (often unsuccessful) use of strong chemicals which add to the overall cost and hazard of use. Mixing
waste also creates "effluent", a slurry of sewage that can be a disgusting chore to dispose of. A Porta-Potty will also fill up quickly
which severely limits the time it can be used and it is generally impractical for use on a cruising boat or camper for extended periods
of time.
How is it made and is the construction strong? - The C-Head and BoonJon toilets
are manufactured from a composite of plastics, including PVC, phenolic plastic, epoxy
glass and HDPE. The toilet seat is a modified household toilet seat with heavy duty
plastic hinges. The toilet hardware and fasteners are stainless steel. The designs are
capable of supporting more than a 300 pound person.
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Don't composting toilets attract pests? - An occasional problem with composting toilets is fruit flies, sewer flies and house flies.
Here again, the C-Head excels over it's competitors in eliminating this problem. All of these pests develop because they need moist
fermenting waste to lay their eggs in. Once they become established, the source must be thoroughly cleaned. This problem is avoided
with the C-Head for several reasons. One, the C-Head is emptied more often, removing the waste from the home and any eggs and
larva before they can hatch. Two, The C-Head is a dehydrating system removing the moisture needed to support the eggs and which
facilitates the removal of almost all of the medium when emptied. Three, the C-Head housing will accommodate a "No-Pest" strip
that kill any insects that enter the toilet.
What comes standard with every C-Head? -

The following items come standard with the C-Head.
  1. Stock or Custom portable toilet housing (primary container)
  2. Five gallon solid waste collection container with a built in churn
  3. Churn handle
  4. Secondary composting disposable container ventilation hood (not included with the Boondocks Johnny version)
  5. Ventilation hose and attachments
  6. Sealing lid - covers and seals the urine diverter (not shown)
Is the C-Head difficult to install? - No, it is not difficult. While the C-Head is both a portable or installed type toilet, the USCG
requires that all toilets be anchored to the boat in some fashion, so that they will be secure in heavy seas or collision. Common sense
would dictate that this applies to travel trailers, campers and RVs as well. There are several unique and novel ways to anchor a C-
Head toilet shown in the manual. You may or may not need to vent the housing if you are planning on using the toilet on a daily
basis. Venting requires running a vent hose either outside or else into a vented locker or using passive or active ventilation. Some
modification is required for installation in a shower stall where you will be sitting on the toilet to shower. However, you can use any
C-Head in a shower stall if you cover the toilet with a Sunbrella or vinyl cover while showering. In other applications, such as travel
trailers, RVs, cabins, etc., installation is simplicity itself. Routing the vent hose will be the most challenging aspect if needed at all. For
a better understanding of venting,
go to this page.
Are the C-Head or BoonJon hard to use? - Not at all! It is important that the liquid and solid waste be separated as much as
possible, but it takes only one or two uses to get the "feel" of where to position yourself. Most people can just sit down and go. The
C-Head and BoonJon have a comfortable but unique seat that is designed to give you a better "feel" for correct positioning. It
requires no adaptor seat for children to use. It requires no coffee filter paper barriers to keep it clean. You can also discard toilet
paper inside with the waste, however, this will cause the toilet to fill up faster, but some people will consider this a good trade off.
Detailed instructions for use are included with each C-Head and BoonJon.
How do you install a BoonJon? - The BoonJon is usually stabilized by docking it into a wall cabinet. The wall cabinet holds
individual charges of composting medium, cleaners, toilet tissue, hand wipes, candles, etc. and the ventilation system.
Can I buy a C-Head without the ventilation hood? - Yes, for a $40 reduction in the overall price of your C-Head. Ventilation
hoods do not come standard with a BoonJon. For an additional $40 at the time of sale, we will include the ventilation hood with
your BoonJon order.
I'm pretty handy and I would like to build my own C-Head type composting toilet. Do you sell parts? - No, sorry but we
don't sell parts. Honestly, Building your own marine toilet is a bad idea and I try to discourage DIY projects when it comes to waste
management. There is a lot of confusion, misinformation and lack of information in the ranks of local law enforcement as to what is
legal and what isn't. The head should look factory made with a serial number and instructions for use on a label affixed to the toilet
and it should be product that is commonly seen. I don't want to get the government regulating composting toilets because it only
increases paperwork, cost and problems for everybody. There is no shortage of projects on a boat for the handy sailor, so do
yourself a favor and buy the toilet.

How long does it take to get one after you order it and is there a warranty? - A stock white plastic toilet usually ship within a
day or two and arrives within a few days. Woodgrain finishes usually within 3-5 days. S&H is included for all 50 states. Florida
residents and delivery addresses pay sales tax. You can pay with a check, money order or with a credit or debit card. A full refund is
available for unused, stock white toilets for thirty days from the day the unit ships unless you have used or modified the toilet by
cutting holes for anchoring or ventilation. The cost of the original shipping will be deducted from the refund. The owner is
responsible for return shipping costs, including insurance. Custom toilets (any toilet not shown with a "buy now" button) are non-
Do you ship outside the United States? - Yes, we ship internationally, specifically countries where mail can be insured. Contact us
for a price quote. Please remember that the C-Head and BoonJon use non-proprietary containers for waste disposal that are
common to the USA and Canada. You may have to order these products online if they are not available in your country. Other
containers may not fit the space allotted. Consider using an EUD (external urine diverter) if legal in your country. Contact us for a
case by case analysis.  

                                 Online Forum Questions

Won't installing a C-Head make the value of my boat go down? - People are still learning about the advantages of composting
toilets over holding tank systems. It is a new paradigm. Head odor from existing holding tanks can be a serious problem when it
comes time to sell your boat. Head odor is the primary reason people buy a C-Head. The only person who is likely to buy a stinky
boat at the seller's price, is someone who is going to replace the current system with a composting toilet (which you could easily
suggest). If you do have a "composting" toilet at the time of the sale, you can reinstall a conventional holding tank system if you need
to, to satisfy the new owner, without having to tear out the old system or pay someone a healthy sum to do it for you.

How do you get rid of the waste? Isn't dumping bags of poop in the trash illegal? - Many, if not most local laws do allow for
the discarding of "feces contaminated waste" in the trash as long as it is sealed in some kind of plastic bag or container. This
accommodates people who discard child and adult diapers, colostomy bags, pet waste and other bodily waste of that type. The C-
Head system advocates using a 5-gal plastic bucket with a locking lid if you are going to discard it. Treat the waste with chlorine
bleach and seal it from public contact using a durable rigid 5 gallon container. (One could argue that contrary to what many people
say, placing non-biodegradable plastic buckets in the landfill is a valid and effective way to "sequester" carbon, keeping it out of the
atmosphere. If the carbon molecules it is made from are still there in a thousand years, so much the better). Treating the waste with
liquid chlorine bleach should meet and exceed the spirit of the law, since all pathogens and parasites will be killed and the waste
rendered harmless. For those owners who have the great option of storing the waste until they can compost it or manage it at home
can refer to the
BoonJon System. There are several good ways to manage your waste, either by composting, using insects to reduce
the volume, dehydrating or converting waste to bio-char.   

Aren't most of the composting toilet owners just dumping their waste overboard and polluting the environment? - Well
first, dumping your waste overboard 3 miles offshore is legal in the USA and for many people, a good way to get rid of the waste.
You risk losing half of your toilet doing that with the other composting toilets (if you accidentally drop the bottom half in the
water), but it is a reasonable solution. If however you are opposed to dumping your waste in the ocean, the beauty of the C-Head
system is that it allows you to conveniently store your waste until you can dispose of it in a way that you feel is responsible. Unlike
the holding tank systems that become unusable when full, you can literally carry months of waste, securely stored in 5-gallon
containers, in a space smaller than your existing holding tank takes up.

With respect to illegally dumping waste, a surprisingly large number of boat owners with holding tanks dump their holding tanks
illegally, and holding tank systems are without a doubt the greatest polluters in the pleasure boating world. Some owners dump
regularly without compunction, some only in emergencies. Sometimes you arrive with an overflowing holding tank at that lone
outpost marina, just to find out that their pump-out service is "out of service" making it easy to justify a midnight dump in the minds
of many. A single illegal holding tank dump creates more bacterial pollution in 15 minutes than a C-Head owner would by pouring
just their pee overboard during the entire life of the product. But the beauty of the C-Head system is that there is no reason or
incentive for anyone to dump any of their waste. A C-Head owner can't dump solid waste material overboard without incriminating
himself, since most of the waste will float for some time creating a trail of evidence. With holding tanks, it is much easier just to sneak
below and open the Y-valve for a few minutes. The fact that there is
no emergent need to empty your waste with the C-Head
system, gives the owners little reason to break the law or pollute the environment.
The C-Head
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Portable Composting Toilet
Portable Composting Toilet
Georgetown, South Carolina
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About me - My name is Sandy Graves (my grandkids call me Popeye) and I am the designer
and builder of the C-Head and BoonJon portable composting toilets. I am a retired
Firefighter/Paramedic and ex-Army Special Forces Medic with experience in emergency
medicine, preventive medicine and field sanitary waste management. I owned a cabinet shop
business for ten years and I have built from scratch and rehabbed several boats. My wife
Nancy and I lived aboard our Gemini catamaran full time from 2006 to 2011 and cruised the
East Coast and Gulf Coast of the United States and the Bahamas. We currently live in Astor,
Florida on the edge of the Ocala National Forest on the St Johns River. If you are in the
neighborhood, either on your boat or driving through, and want to talk shop, stop on by.
Camper, van, travel trailer without a holding tank.
BoonJon or C-Head with
appropriate footprint.
Discard urine in a public restroom, Treat and
discard solid waste using a sealed 5-gal
disposable bucket or compost waste using a
composting bin.
Camper, RV, travel trailer with holding tank
C-Head with an EUD.
Shunt urine into the holding tank for pumpout.
Treat and discard solid waste using a sealed
5-gal disposable bucket or compost using a
composting bin.
Cruising boat - Click here and read expanded explanation
C-Head with appropriate footprint
and vent hood adaptor.

C-Head with appropriate footprint
using the EUD and vent hood
Discard urine in a public restroom. Discard urine
and solid waste overboard when offshore. Treat,
store and discard solid waste using a sealed 5-gal
disposable bucket or compost solid waste ashore
using a composting bin.
Homestead with on site composting
BoonJon with EUD or Jug system
Compost solid waste and discard urine in a drain
field or collect to use in gardening.
Bunkers and storm shelters.
BoonJon with EUD and vent hood
adaptor - called a Bunker BoonJon
Discard urine in a drain field under the bunker.
Store waste in 5-gallon buckets until it can be
moved safely to a composting bin.
BoonJon with or without EUD
Compost solid waste and discard urine in a drain
field or collect to use in gardening.
350 pounds of
concrete mix

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