There are some fairly simple choices to make when choosing your Kildwick Kabin toilet.
Option 1 – Urine Capture/Divert
Internal Urine Capture
If you answer ‘Internal’ we’ll include on of our antibacterial 10L ‘D’ bottles which fit inside the toilet. These will last 2-5 days depending on how many people are using it. They empty quickly and without ‘plugs’ and are very easy to carry.
If you are in a moving vehicle such as a boat or van then the chances are you’ll need to have an internal bottle due to most national regulations preventing discharge ‘over the side’. You may be tempted to use a larger ‘blackwater’ tank but you will get little benefit from your compost toilet over a pump-out or cassette toilet as most of the waste is urine and you’ll still have to pump it ut/empty it somewhere suitable.
External Urine Disposal/Capture
If you answer ‘External’, we’ll include a special fixture which diverts the urine to a plumbing ‘stub’ at the rear into which you can fix a 32mm hose, compression or solvent-weld component. If, in future, you need to switch to using a bottle, this fixture can be easily removed and one of our ‘D’ bottles put in.
The ‘External’ option is normally used if you are in a ‘fixed’ location and on land. In this case you usually have the option to divert the urine to an external ‘soak-pit’ which is gravel filled (total size usually 1/2m on all sides) in which microbes grow to consume the nutrients in the urine and disperse water back into the soil. You cannot use a soak-pit in th eUK if you are within 10m of a ‘water course’.
Option 2: Base Style
Kildwick offer two base styles – enabling you to match your toilet to the style of your bathroom.
By ‘Fluted’ we mean grooves in the base structure – this isn’t ‘tongue and groove’ but gives a similar appearance and fits with many more traditional bathroom styles.
With the fluted base we can offer a painted or stained finish – the most popular stain being ‘mid oak’ and most popular paint being ‘willow’. You can, in fact choose different paint or stain for the base, lid and seat – please use the box below to suggest how you’d like it and we can chat further about the possibilities
A flat style is exactly what it says – a flat surface with a range of paint finishes. This flat style can have a more modern look but how it well it fits in your bathroom will depend on many aspects.
With the flat base we can only offer a painted finish – the most popular paint being ‘white’ with a mid-oak lid & seat. You can, in fact choose different paint for the base, lid and seat – please use the box below to suggest how you’d like it and we can chat further about the possibilities
In this box you can explain what colour’s or stains you would like for your toilet. We will sometimes call you to discuss your options – or you call us before ordering to discuss your requirements.
Option 3: Separator Colour
All Kildwick Kabin separators use the same high-quality anti-bacterial gelcoat to provide a durable, easy-clean ultra-hygienic surface. We offer two styles – the simple ‘bathroom’ white and a more glamorous ‘glitter’ finish. The glitter is hand-blended to produce some stunning finishes that will add delight to you and your guests when you open the toilet seta lid.
If you chose the default, white, option your toilet will include the Kildwick ‘Klassic’ separator – a product which has proven itself in thousands of toilets around the world – both in domestic and commercial situations. The Klassic is made from high quality resins and gelcoats with added antibacterial properties designed to make the separator both hygienic and prevent it from long term staining.
White looks good in any situation – it not only looks clean but really is clean due to the quality non-plastic materials used. A quick spray with water and wipe with tissue is all you need to do periodically. The separator comes with a specially developed stainless strainer to help prevent large items dropping into the urine bottle or pipework and allows you to insert ‘urinal’ blocks to keep pipes clear.
Kildwick’s glitter separators use a proprietary process to add an element of fun and glamour to your toilet. Each one is hand-made with a mix of glitters to achieve an overall colour that has plenty of sparkle! Let is know what you’d like – Maria will take you through the options and pick (or even design a new) mix for you. Use the following box to say what colour you’d like:
Option 4: Ventilation
Whilst you can use a composting toilet without ventilation and with minimal smell, there is an increased chance you will suffer from increased levels of humidity inside the box. This is because the box is designed to control both airflow for maximum effect and to limit access to flies our other ‘critters’ that may like the warm, damp environment. We strongly advise you have some form of ventilation to improve the effectiveness of your toilet and Kildwick offers a range of fan options along with the most versatile ducting system available for compost toilets the world.
Single Speed Fan
With this option (default), your toilet will be fitted with a single speed fan unit which is compatible with the whole Vesavent II range of ducting components. The fan includes a stainless-steel fly-screen.
The high-quality fan is very quiet and moves the air at a steady rate – with little airflow degradation at smaller (32,mm) duct sizes. The fan runs of 12V DC (1W) and includes a standard 2.1mm socket (we include a screw-in plug for your to use). We can also provide a 24V DC or 100-240C AC converter.
3 Speed Fan
This option upgrades the fan to a high-flow version and includes a 4-position switch (off, low, medium, high) in addition to the DC input connector. The fan includes a stainless-steel fly-screen.
The slow setting is quiet and a similar flow rate to the single speed fan and will normally be in the position for day to day ventilation. If your bathroom is extra steamy or ‘smelly’ after a visit, then turn the fan up to ‘mid’ or ‘high’ positions to vent the air mixer quickly. The mid and high settings are more audible than the low setting but will not be in that position for long.
Wall Speed Controller
By default, the rotary speed-select switch is on the fan unit at the side or rear of the toilet. In some cases this may be inconvenient, in which case switch the default to ‘On Wall’ and you’ll get a separate wall-mounted speed control box to control the speed.
The wall switch is easy to mount and you can even take out the switch components and put into your own flush-mount fitting.
The carbon filter is a unique development by Kildwick to offer toielt ventilation without external ducting or any components external to the toilet.
The Kildwick ‘Interceptor’ sits inside the toilet with its own speed-matched fan which slowly removes excess humidity back into the room without bringing extra smell into the space. The carbon granules are specially developed for this task and are easily replaced periodically.
Several toilets in the market have flaps which cover the solids tank until it needs to be opened. We looked at automatic options but felt that the simplicity of a manual flap was crucial to long-term reliability.
Furthermore, when we looked at the other flaps we found that they almost all got dirty and faeces and were hard/impossible to clean. We therefore set about developing the first modesty flap with a flexible /disposable/ flap that can be easily change by the customer. You can even print off your own message (for fun!) to show when someone first opens the toilet seat lid. Being disposable means that if someone forgets to open the flap (children, guests etc) then the flap can be easily removed and popped into the solids tank without having to get ‘down and dirty’! This is especially useful for commercial sites (such as Glamping sites) where changing the flap for every guest stay is the most hygienic solution. Replacement flaps can be made out of any A4/Letter sides paper – templates are available online in both Windows and Mac versions.
The mixer bucket is a version of our standard 23L ‘Kube’ solids container which includes a stainless-steel mixer blade and mechanism which helps the blend the solids with whatever carbon material you are using. The mixer is designed to be effective at mixing whilst now allowing any ‘leakage’ of the contents out of the mechanism – a problem we’d heard solids mixers for other toilets suffer from.
There are several key benefits to having the mixer:
- It blends the solids with the added carbon (such as sawdust) which effectively ‘kick-starts’ the compost process. Composting only really happens effectively with added carbon to get the right balance. Without mixing (with a stick or this bucket) composting will occur but much more slowly.
- It ‘hides’ the last ‘deposit’ in the tank so people needn’t be concerned about others seeing it. Normally sawdust will cover the last ‘poo’ but some people are more sensitive to this and so, in combination with the modesty flap, the solids can be mixed and sawdust added without anyone seeing what has ‘gone before’
- If your visits are not daily, mixing exposes more surface area to the airflow created by the fan so that the contents can dry-out which will allow the bucket to last longer between empties. This benefit won’t generally be seen if you are living with the toilet as there will not be enough time for drying but if you use this toielt just at weekends (for example), then it will have a week to help to dry out the contents.