November 5, 2011 Astor, Florida – C-Head owners now in four states, Florida, Arizona, California and Washington State

______________________________ I am introducing this newsletter as a way to communicate with C-Head owners and potential owners, to keep them up-to-date on recent developments and innovations. As you know the CHead portable composting toilet is a work in progress, and I invite suggestions on how to make it a better product. I am constantly experimenting with new things which currently include the use of a sealing lid instead of putting a gasket around both the seat and the lid. While the gasket around the lid works fine, it is more exposed to damage than the sealing lid. The sealing lid removes this danger but adds another step to preparing the toilet for use (by having to remove it). I will be offering the sealing lid as standard with the option of having a gasketed lid and seat instead, if the new owner chooses.

______________________________ I have installed a C-Head in our bathroom for R&D purposes. I had been using the boat, but my morning trips were becoming a little obvious to the neighborhood. What could I be doing every morning after breakfast that only lasted five minutes or so? The newspaper under my arm didn’t help. Anyway, it is making things easier for me but the environment is more controlled than I would like. I would rather have it “real world” with hot and cold and whatever else one experiences while cruising. The temperature range in our home is between 80 degrees and 69

degrees so there is some variation. I will be putting a new C-Head in our boat soon and will be using it too, and that should give me a wider range. I have been experimenting with pine shavings as a medium, which is available at any tack store, albeit in rather large bags. It is designed to be used in horse stalls to absorb liquids and dehydrate solid waste, and also the pine scent should mitigate odors to some extent. The problem is that it is made from kiln dried wood or heat dried by itself which probably sterilizes the product. This of course means that it has no fungus or bacteria needed to activate the composting process. For it to be successful, the drying effect will have to be sufficient to reduce the odor. So far, I am not impressed. It does work well in removing the “sewer” odor but it replaces it with a sour woody smell that is less pleasant than the musty smell you get using peat moss or coconut husks. The C-Head in our home is not ventilated yet and odor has not been a problem after five days, except the brief sour smell I mentioned when you first open the lid. I am using the sealing lid and it seems to be working very well. Also, I have attached a boathook hook on the side to hold the churn handle and it is working great and looks nice. In the coming weeks I will be using pine pellets (which turns to sawdust when it comes into contact with moisture), cypress shavings and cypress sawdust. I will release the results when I am sure how they work.

_____________________________ You may have noticed that I have changed the website home page and the “In Stock” page. I have added a video that shows how to make an inexpensive in-line 12-volt ventilator. I have moved the links to the C-Head group site. I have also created several photo albums that you may find interesting, and created an owner installation database where you can enter information about your C-Head installation if you want. It describes your application and could help others who are facing a similar situation. I am hoping that some you will add some photos of your installations in the photo album section. __________________________________

A gentleman brought a product by today that is designed to be used in waterless urinal systems. It is called Ernie’s Water Saver Urinal Pad. It is designed to eliminate odor and kills bacteria and controls scale. It comes with a basket that can be easily detached from the pad, inverted and set in the bottom of the urine diverter. Here is the website: (he must be German) if you are interested in such a device. For the most part, urine odor is not a problem with the C-Head except when you pour out the gallon jugs. Then you will get hit with a strong smell if you haven’t been treating it. If you are using a public restroom to dispose of your urine, then others outside the stall may wonder if you are sick or something. We use a squirt bottle (dish soap) and shoot a small shot of diluted holding tank treatment in the urine diverter every so often and that treats the contents of the gallon jug as well as the diverter itself. I prefer a spray bottle, but Nancy is in charge of the household, so a squirt bottle it is. Just FYI, I make no claims or commission on his products. I am experimenting with one they gave me and I will let you know how that works out too. ________________________________ On January 27th, the C-Head will be on display at two seminars at the Seattle boat show. Juli Tallino will be talking about composting toilets for marine use. If anybody is in the neighborhood or knows someone who will be, please pass this information on. ________________________________ The C-Head Newsletter will be coming out once a month. If you know someone who might be interested in it, please forward the email to them. And thanks! If you would prefer not receiving this newsletter, please reply to the email or click here and send the word “unsubscribe” and I will not send any more editions. Also, if you have something that you would like to add to the newsletter, just send me a copy and I will consider it for inclusion in the next edition. Questions too. Happy cruising, camping, traveling, riding, boondocking, etc. Sandy Graves

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