Second Step – Sewage system.

It’s a fact of life, isn’t it?  that we create waste?  Well, in planning out this Tiny House I just wasn’t super excited about hauling around 55 gallons of septic waste, and then finding somewhere to put that ____…  “Say, is that your sewer clean-out there?  Would you mind if we just connected this hose?  Or worse, somehow filling a bucket with waste and then manually transporting it somewhere.  True, if we stayed in RV parks it’d be no problem, just plug in and forget about it, like we’ve always done.  But we’re in our thirties, not our sixties, so we’re planning to try to stay on someone’s land or in someone’s large yard, rather than a commercialized park.  I also feel a bit of a cringe when I think about traditional sewer systems – contaminating our drinking water.  doesn’t seem brilliant.  but it is so clean and so odorless.

So, the options:

– a 5 gallon home depot bucket with a toilet seat and some sawdust inside.  (which poses the same problem of asking our hosts if they’d mind if we just started a little human waste pile out back by their kids’ playground.  “don’t worry, it just takes a year!”)  I would totally do this if I had my own land, because it’s free, and it creates compost.

– a Clivus Multrum or other similar composting toilet

– or an Incinolet incinerating toilet

we ended up finding this beauty only a mile away here in Prescott:

It’s an Incinolet incinerating toilet, which are normally $1800 or so (what?!) but we got this for less than half price.  So, no sewer system required, no tanks, no fresh water needed to process our sewage.  It turns it into ash.


























we’ll let you know how it goes…  😉

















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12 thoughts on “Second Step – Sewage system.

  1. george mauro

    Agreed. Either an incinerator or composting. Power consumption could be a consideration if you’re going solar/wind.

    • Planning a Tumbleweed Tiny home build soon and like the incenerating toilet but did want to have a portable solar array. Have you met anyone who has sized same to include this type of toilet?

      • Well yes can run it on solar, I have installed one on a client’s house before. But you need to calculate your energy loads and size from that point. I do think there is a propane model out their that could be easier for your application. FYI: not so happy with this model, so do your research. Shane.

  2. Great idea! Can’t say I have seen this yet from the tiny house community!

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  4. Carrie, Lee here from Boneyard Studios. I’m getting ready to buy a used Incinolet. Yours looks like a much older model. I’m going to see mine in person and it was a 2008 model, so the folks at Incinolet thought it would be fine (also half the cost of a new one). The guy only used it one year and supposedly followed the maintenance procedures. Incinolet rep says you need to clean out inside of unit every 3-6 months otherwise soot starts to build up on the blower wheel. So, other than asking for pictures / looking at the blower wheel and fan is there anything else you think I should ask about? I have pictures of the bowl, exterior, pan, etc and all looks good. Thanks and I hope you guys got yours running! I’d be interested to hear how it’s working out for you.

    • hi Lee, hopefully I’m not too late with advice on buying a used Incinolet… my advice would be to make sure you use it prior to purchasing… or test it out somehow, because our fan motor actually didn’t work at all, which could have been determined prior to purchasing. 1. so the fan motor needs to run, and it should run relatively quietly (sounds like a bathroom exhaust fan) or something is wrong and you may need to replace the motor or clean the blower wheel, or replace the blower wheel. 2. while you’re burning something, check for smoke escaping anywhere other than the vent on the back. and check for a bad odor from the vent – could be a non-functioning catalyst. 3. you might want to bring a screwdriver and take off the top cover so you can see the fan motor and blower wheel and the catalyst (little white round balls that are supposed to control exhaust odor). 4. check and make sure the flush pedal moves the top plate off and on the bowl smoothly and firmly. Incinolet has the manuals available online in pdf format so you can get a good diagram of it.

      I hope that helps, that’s all I could think of right now. good luck! Carrie

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  6. Mike

    These are great units. We have used one on our boat house for several years. They do require maintenance and the unit will run about 1 1/2 hour.
    The folks at the factory in Dallas are great to deal with.
    About Time

  7. Julia

    I am just starting to look at tiny houses (or small cottages since no matter what it will be my son and I at least for the at least 13 more years) and this fascinates me. I am going to have to research more about Incinolet.

  8. William

    You said ” I also feel a bit of a cringe when I think about traditional sewer systems – contaminating our drinking water.”

    Not so fast! 😉

    A modern Septic system with a well maintained and designed leach field absolutely WONT contaminate the water table.

    And a city treatment plant will deliver drinkable water back to the rivers and lakes….

    Just thought I’d pass it on. God bless the History Chanel! 😉

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