Ode to the Outhouse

Could an outhouse be in your future? I realize for most folks this isn’t a pleasant thought but with the right design & finish it might be a good option in some circumstances. Alternatives to outhouses are composting toilets and loveable loos. At the very least knowing what to do with the poo when the water doesn’t flow is a good thing to know.

“Outhouses work every simply: a seating area inside is open to a pit dug into the ground. When solid and liquid wastes are introduced to the pit, natural organisms in the soil, bacteria and insects consume nutrients in the waste material. This helps the waste decompose and form compost inside the pit. As long as the input of waste does not exceed the rate of decomposition, the material will be composted and will not contaminate any local groundwater. According to a Science Daily article written a few years ago, outhouses may be a more sanitary way of eliminating waste in developing countries rather than a installed flush toilet.”

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  1. When I was a child, my family had an outhouse. It never had a bad odor. The trick to preventing odor is to get fresh sawdust from a sawmill. Keep it in a plastic container so it doesn’t dry out. After you take care of your business in the outhouse, drop a couple big scoops of sawdust into the hole. The sawdust also adds more organic material to help with decomposition.

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