Toilets That Burn Waste

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Toilets That Burn Waste
Incinerating toilets may not be the best option for everyone. (good-ole-days toilet image by Joyce Wilkes from

Incinerating toilets, toilets that use heat to burn waste, create a small amount of germfree ash from the waste normally flushed down a conventional toilet. Advantages include simplified installation requiring no connection to a municipal sewer or home septic system. Disadvantages include high costs associated with high energy use. Several manufacturers produce incinerating toilets in models that use propane, natural gas or electricity.


The Incinolet Incinerating Toilet requires no water for operation. A paper bowl liner rests in a receptacle below the toilet seat. Depressing a foot pedal causes the receptacle to open allowing the paper liner and waste to fall into a holding and burning container. The holding and container holds up to four dumpings from the receptacle. Pressing the start button causes a heater to increase the temperature in the holding and burning container to about 760 degrees Celsius for up to one hour. This reduces the paper and waste to ash while generating a waste gas vented through the Incinolet's ventilation system. As of 2010, average cost of operation for the Incinolet was 28 cents per burning cycle.

Storburn Gas Fired Incinerating Propane Toilet

The Storburn Gas Fired Incinerating Propane toilet has a larger storage and combustion chamber allowing the accumulation of up to 50 flushings from the waste receptacle. Once the combustion chamber is full, an anti-foaming chemical is added and a cover is placed over the combustion chamber. The Storburn incinerating toilet uses propane to heat the combustion chamber for approximately four hours, resulting in ashes that can be vacuumed up for disposal. Install a 6-inch flue for ventilation.

EcoJohn Sr.

The EcoJohn Sr. features two separate cycles depending on whether solid or liquid waste is present. An auger moves either liquid or solid waste into the burn chamber. If the button for liquid waste is pressed, a burn cycle of about 10 minutes occurs. If the button for solid waste is pressed, the burn cycle lasts up to 30 minutes. The EcoJohn Sr. operates a burn cycle after each use of the toilet, making it different than the other models that store waste to burn at intervals. The EcoJohn Sr. uses propane as its primary energy source for the incineration. The auger system is powered by wall current or battery power.

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