The C-Head and BoonJon systems are simpler to install, maintain, clean and use:
A description of the process will best demonstrate how the system works. As with other urine diverting composting systems, the liquid and solid
waste are divided initially and diverted into separate containers. The basic C-Head and BoonJon toilets uses common one gallon drinking water
jugs to collect urine and a five gallon bucket to collect the solid waste.
Urine - With the C-Head, you have the option of using a simple gallon water jug to collect the urine or you can opt for the EUD (external urine
diverter) which shunts the urine outside the toilet and into a holding tank, other portable container or into a drain field. You may also opt for the
larger urine tank. Once the urine has been collected in the gallon jug inside the toilet, it can then be easily transferred to a larger five gallon
container for storage or capped and stored away as is and replaced with a new empty one gallon jug, or used immediately as fertilizer with a
land based application. On a boat, camper or travel trailer, it can be disposed of in a public restroom facility or poured overboard offshore.
Always comply with local laws.
With every compact composting or portable toilet on the market today, one thing is certain; when the integrated urine container is full, it must be
emptied in order to continue using the toilet. With other compact systems (composting and porta-potty type units) you have the option of buying
additional collection containers which can run from $40 to $100 dollars per container. C-Head's non-proprietary containers (common water/milk
jugs) are cheap, easy to obtain, easy to discard or store away.
Solid Waste - Solid waste is initially collected in a modified plastic bucket located inside the toilet housing. It is a straight, open drop system, so
it is not necessary to use any paper coffee filters or open any trap doors. As with other composting systems, a carbon based medium is used,
such as peat moss or sawdust to create the composting environment. C-Head uses a churn handle that is inserted in the top of the unit and that
is easy to access with plenty of elbow room. The churn "rolls" the waste (rather than kneads it) into the peat moss, coating the waste and turning it
into rounded clods which make it easier to pour out completely. Surface dehydration and odor elimination are instantaneous.
The solid waste collection container will hold on average about 10-12 uses which will require emptying about once a week for a couple using it
daily. While the C-Head must be emptied more often than its competitors, the process is vastly easier and cleaner. Disposing of the solid waste
is much more conscience of public sanitation. The collection container is easily removed from the housing and then the contents can be: (1)
poured into a disposable common 5-gallon bucket, which once full is treated with chlorine and sealed and disposed of, or (2) the contents are
transferred to an outdoor composting system for further composting, or (3) the contents are poured overboard off shore.
The C-Head comes with a special adapter with a screw on lid that fits on almost any common 5-gallon bucket. This serves as a funnel, allowing
the 5 gallon bucket to be filled to the top without spillage. It also facilitates opening the container by means of a screw on lid. The contents pour
easily from one to the other due to the dry spherical form of the composting material. Simply replace the collection container in the unit after
emptying and refill it with peat moss or some other medium. Because the C-Head is emptied easily and often and because it is easy to clean
(simply rinse with water), pests, such as flies don't get a chance to develop, an occasional problem with other systems.
If you intend to dispose of the solid waste, a disposable 5-gallon bucket will hold approximately 4-6 transfers from the collection container, about
a month of continuous use by two people. When full, the ventilation hood adapter is removed from the top of the 5 gallon bucket and placed in a
new bucket and the full bucket is capped off with a locking plastic lid, then set aside to molder further for as long as you choose, or you can treat
the contents with chlorine bleach and place it immediately in a trash receptacle where legal. Most municipalities allow for the disposal of "feces
contaminated waste" if placed in a plastic bag or container. Using the plastic bucket system, the end product is securely sealed from exposure to
others and is pathogen free.
Other compact composting toilet systems require an additional detached container for several hundred dollars more to allow the waste to
compost more full and buyers often choose not purchase it. In all compact composting toilets, the waste is not fully composted. Owners and users
are instructed to dispose of the composted waste in a plastic bag. The process of emptying the container can be a strenuous, laborious and
messy and leads to the disposing of untreated, poorly secured waste.
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Consider the other cost saving aspects of the C-Head or BoonJon:
- Initial cost - At a base price of $589.00 (which included shipping and handling), the C-Head
costs about half that of other composting toilets on the market today and a fraction of the cost of
a flushing/holding tank system or household composting system. Even with your own custom built
C-Head, the cost of a complete system is rarely much over half the cost of our composting toilet
- Operating costs - The disposable containers and peat moss that C-Head uses will cost you
about five dollars a month compared to weekly pump-outs on boats and system chemicals. But
even more importantly, no costly or nasty repairs. Replacement parts are available at a very
reasonable cost and the C-Head and BoonJon are very durable, and easy and inexpensive to
maintain and repair.