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Here is a description of the Incinolet electrically-operated incinerating toilet. We describe the Incinolet features, sources, and we report on its field performance, including some exciting fires in the toilet that an occur with this and other incinerator type toilet brands.

This article series describes the brands, properties, installation, and maintenance of incinerating toilets - a waterless system for onsite waste disposal where a septic system cannot be installed. Incinerating toilets use electricity or gas to produce heat which literally incinerates the waste. Here we list suppliers of incinerating toilets and compare models, features, and prices.

We add advice on choosing among incinerating toilets and on how to use incinerating toilets.

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Guide to the Incinolet Electric Incinerating Toilet: where to buy, how to install, how to use, how to maintain

The Incinolet Electric Incinerating Toilet

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* Incinolet™ Electric incinerating toilet products, operate at 120V on a 15A circuit or at 204V for some models. This toilet line "... uses electric heat to reduce human waste (urine, solids, paper) to a small amount of clean ash, which is dumped periodically into the garbage.

A toilet bowl liner, dropped into the bowl prior to use, captures the waste, then both liner and its content drop into the incinerator chamber when the foot pedal is pushed
." - $1800.-$2100. U.S.

The manufacturer says the unit is odor free "A platinum type catalyst, similar to that used in automobile emission systems, controls smoke and odor." The length of the incineration cycle was not specified but the manufacturer says that several people may use the toilet in rapid succession and that the toilet can be used while it is in its incineration cycle.

When you push the start button, heater and blower both come on. The toilet's incinerating heater alternates on and off for an hour. The blower stays on for an additional 30 to 55 minutes. The ash pan is emptied weekly, more often under condtions of heavy use.

This toilet may be a key choice for use in cold and freezing climates as the Incinolet toilet "can be used in any climate and can be left in an unheated environment for long periods of time." Electrical energy use is about 1.5 KWH per incinerating cycle. The incinerating toilet unit uses no water and no additives.

Incinolet toilets draw electricity (120V or 240V for some models) only when the toilet is in use, unlike some composting toilets where electricity may be needed at all times, even during "off seasons" since the composting toilet unit includes a heater and ventilation fan. Electrical consumption for these components, as we are just running a small vent fan or small heater, will of generally be much less than that the current used by an incinerating toilet (for the combined incinerator heater and vent fan features) used during an incineration cycle.

Incinolet WB marine use incinerating toilet (C) InspectApedia

Incinolet model specifiations are not readily accessible on the company's website.

We have also found advertisements for a Marine version of this incinerating toilet, the Incinolet Model WB / TR-III listed as a Type III MSD Certified toilet for use on inspected & uninspected vessels.

Details are at MARINE TOILETS.

Incinolet Toilet Safety - some exciting photographs courtesy of WombatNation

Ininolet incinerating toilet front view (C) used with permissionThe Incinolet product specification [] includes this safety information:

"We equip INCINOLET with the highest quality temperature controllers, thermostats, and time limiters to assure you years of safe operation. INCINOLET is an appliance and, as with any other appliance, it must be used carefully in accordance with manufacturer's recommendations.

Young children, when using the INCINOLET toilet, must be supervised by a responsible adult. INCINOLET is intended for use by persons familiar with its operation and responsible for its proper use. Not recommended for use by general public or in rental property.

Thanks to reader Paul McClelland for technical editing 02/20/2010

Really? Robert Stewart at WombatNation [ ] has provided a lengthy, detailed and critical description of installation, testing, and use of the Incinolet at from which we include these stunning excerpts (used with permission):

Mr. Stewart explains the Incinolet's operation and has generously shared his remarkable photographs of the Incinolet in action or perhaps, dis-action:

The toilet is actually kind of cool. You first press a button to start the heating system and then put a special purpose coated paper bowl liner [photo at below left] down between two sloping pieces of steel. ... You then poop or pee into the paper filter, step onto a lever, and wave goodbye to your human by-products and any toilet paper.

An important feature is the lever sticking out to the right near the bottom of the toilet [blue arrow, photo above]. This activates the trap door which provides access to the incineration compartment. The lever is shielded by a slanted metal plate so you don't accidentally open the steel doors before you are ready to [use the toilet] ...

The gateway to Hades opens up and everything within a couple inches is sucked into its gaping maw. The toilet then incinerates your thoughtful gifts at a very high temperature. ... The manual says 1,200 degrees F. For those of you recipe freaks, that's 1,200 degrees for one hour, then cooled to 130 degrees over the next 45 minutes.

Photo of the Incinolet waterless incinerating toilet

... Side note to those of a litigious bent - I have never, not even once, felt a tingly sensation while using the incinerating toilet. ...

When it comes time to pay the toilet a visit, the first thing you want to do is press the Start button, which does two very important things.

1. Begins to heat the incinerator compartment [and]

2. Starts the ventilation fan.

Watch out: The ... instructions tell you not to press the Start button until you have ... [used the toilet]. But, hey, I'll gladly trade off a reduction in odor for the slightly increased danger of sitting on a metal toilet while it heats up internally to 1200 degrees F.

Now, it's time to lift the lid and insert a bowl liner, just like the instructions on the inside of the top lid call out to you. [Photo at left]

Since it is quite possible that small children and dim witted, yet overly sensitive, heads of recording industry associations may have continued to read this shocking tale of wonder and woe, I decided not to photograph an actual inicineration event, whether it involved fecal matter or ...[other material]. ...

If this had been a real visit to the incinerator toilet, I would have followed up the standard deposit and self cleaning process by stepping on this same lever. The now weighted down bowl liner would be overcome by the force of gravity and plummet into the maw of the incineration compartment, which doubles as an ash pan.

Melted copper rod dropped into incinerating toilet (C) used with permission

... what would happen if a non-human by-product were to go through the trap door during a burn cycle? ... Well, the [Robert Stewart] scientific research staff at the cabin have conducted this experiment for you.

Note: the manufacturer indicates that "You can use INCINOLET at any time-even while it is in cycle." making Stewart's test reasonable - Ed.

... The purpose of the [copper] rod is to ensure that the bowl liner drops completely through the steel doors. If not, you poke the paper with the rod until it does.

When our researcher stepped on the lever to aid the process, the flames that were consuming the bottom part of the bowl liner raced upwards.

In a snap decision of selfishly choosing hand safety over tool protection, our researcher promptly released the rod.

The rod vanished into Hades and the steel doors slammed shut.

Incinolet incinerating toilet in action - abnormal condition with fire and flame exposed (C) used with permission

Four hours later, a HazMat team retrieved the remains of the rod and its former metal attachments. [Photo, above left]

Learning from this experience, we constructed "Copper Rod Number 2" from a much longer length of copper rod and without any frivolous attachments of unknown composition.

As my wife ignored me safely from the living room, I managed to capture this rare photo [ at left of the incinerating toilet at work, flames in view].

Watch out: ... well I'm just not sure what to write here. Somehow, just warning to follow the manufacturer's instructions doesn't seem to do justice to Mr. Stewart's research. - Editor.

Thanks again to Rob Stewart, a software architect and eclectic invesitative blogger whose notes appear at his website: for sharing text and phtographs of the incinerating toilet undergoing this exciting field test.

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