Poo Payback?

Initially when I conceived the original requirements for my tiny free house I was thinking I’d build it as a ‘park model’ house which simply means it would have a normal flush toilet, water and electric hookups. Then someone posted a comment on my tiny pallet house blog suggesting I look into humanure.

Don’t worry the correct initial response is “WHAT IS HUMANURE!!!”. But after a little investigation I believe you might be overcome by the the idea… no no not the smell. You see there is an ebook you can download right now (yes for free) that explains exactly how to build yourself a $25 sawdust toilet.

The book is by a very funny guy by the name of Joseph Jenkins. I actually have never spoken to him but I have to say his book, The Humanure Handbook is actually a pretty funny read filled with great cartoons so I have to assume the guy behind it has a good sense of humor. I mean… what guy that writes poo books wouldn’t be funny… but I digress.

I haven’t told my wife yet but I think I may want to consider this for the tiny free house. I bet I can even build one of these little jobs for free. I mean its just a 5 gallon bucket, a wood box, a toilet seat, sawdust, and some poo right? There’s always a free toilet on craigslist but the idea of having a free composting toilet that is also great for the environment just seems like a great win-win (and you get to keep the poo!)

Well at least it’s worth some serious investigation as long as I wash my hands with warm soapy water right? Photo credit to Joseph Jenkins and Tom Griffin.

5 thoughts on “Poo Payback?

  1. Hey Michael,

    You beat me to it again :-) I was planning and still may write a report on this one on my blog. Jay Shafer actually uses this composting toilet in his tiny house. At his workshop he explained it to us and highly recommended it. You wouldn’t know he uses it because he put in a real toilet that has a wide opening for the bucket. Since so many people view his house and ask if you can have real plumbing etc. He thought it should be presented that way.


  2. Thanks Kent. You know I had a bit of gross fun with this post… I bet everone would appreciate a post with a bit more or a serious tone :-) Have at it my friend!

    And with all seriousness… I think this sawdust toilet idea is great. It would take some getting used to but it sure makes a lot of sense especially in circumstances where other options are just not available or easy.

  3. Uhhh Sorry honey I saw the post and I don’t think so. :) I don’t want a bucket of poop sitting anywhere near where I eat or sleep. Gross What’s next a bucket on the roof that you pour in water to shower with? Forget I said that.

  4. Julia (most excellent wife) excellent feedback! :-) A plumbed flush toilet it is then.

    Hey… would you go for keeping a bucket out back? You know like a second bathroom? JK

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