I wonder if any of us ever outgrow the giggles over bathroom matters? Yesterday’s guilty chuckle came to me in an email from Stevarino of the highly irreverent Your Takeoff Hat, adding to the alternative toilet discussion:
I saw your recent post about peeing. Have you ever heard of a gas fired toilet? It has a gas valve, pilot, and burner ports just like a gas furnace. It disposes of waste by incinerating it. Gas fired toilets are sometimes used in remote places where there is no municipal water supply. They are subject to national gas code standards.
Now, I don’t know if they are an environmentally friendly and economically sustainable alternative to standard sewage systems, but hey, come on, gas fired toilets! How cool is that?
“Gas-fired toilet” snorfsnorf! Cool indeed, if only for the bathroom humour! So, of course, I went and looked it up.
The Wilderness Comfort Station
Retire that smelly old outhouse! Storburn offers a “pollution-free” propane gas-powered incinerating toilet for a modest $3000, which they say is designed for rugged use in remote areas. (You know, like party night in cottage country!)
Apparently it stores up the waste for 40 – 60 uses, then you fire it up and it “reduces untreated human waste to sterile mineral ash and harmless water vapor. Because each incinerator cycle sterilizes the entire storage chamber destroying all odor causing bacteria, the chamber never requires washing.”
The unit is entirely self-contained with no plumbing or water supply required, no electricity, no holding tanks, no moving parts so little to break and nothing to freeze up if winter comes on quickly at the cottage.
And I’m absolutely delighted — you might even say, relieved —to learn that it’s designed so that no one can accidentally fire up the propane burner while the toilet is in use!