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Model: Centrex NE (Current Equivalent Centrex 1000 NE), installed 1996
Location: Installed in cabin in Muscoda, WI
Reviewed By: Mr & Mrs. Korbas

Bob Korbas had a unique cabin with a plumbing problem. He still has a unique cabin, but we are delighted that he was able to solve the plumbing problem with a Centrex-NE.
The Korbas' think that life at the cabin is greatly improved by eliminating the 50 yard walk out back. They found installation to be easy, and like the fact that "we do not have any odor problems". They say "we love our new composting toilet".


Composting toilet review of Sun-Mar Centrex 1000 NE installed in a cabin in Muscoda, WI


Model: Centrex 1000 NE,  installed 2001
Location: Installed at lakeside cottage, Canada
Reviewed By: John Forrest

Operates even better than expected. No smell, easy maintenance, and easy to install.

Composting toilet review of Sun-Mar Centrex 1000 NE installed at a lakeside cottage in Canada

Model: Centrex, NE (Current Equivalent Centrex 1000 NE), installed 1998
Location: Installed at cottage near Iroquois Falls, ON
Reviewed By: Bernie Purdy

The first couple years when we had large groups of people, we experienced a wet compost. Since we started using hemp, we don't have this problem anymore. We use the cottage 6 months of the year and we empty some compost only in the spring when we move in. Using hemp solved the problem rather than Peat Moss. After we installed ours, two neighbors installed one.




Composting toilet review of Sun-Mar Centrex 1000 NE installed at cottage near Iroquois Falls, ON

Model: Centrex NE  (Current Equivalent Centrex 1000 NE), installed 1994
Location: Installed at Georgian Bay cottage
Reviewed By: Rev. & Mrs. G. Black

We have had excellent service over the years using this alternative to the flush (20 gal.) toilet. It conserves water, doesn't need a costly septic field and is a good conversation piece for all our urban-dwelling friends! We recommend it highly.
Composting toilet review of Sun-Mar Centrex 1000 NE installed at Georgian Bay cottage

Model: Centrex NE  (Current Equivalent Centrex 1000 NE), installed 1997
Location: Installed in cottage in Sault Ste-Marie, ON
Reviewed By: Ray & Doreen Collins

We bought your composting unit & the toilet in August of 1997 when we were finishing our bathroom at our no hydro cottage on Bridgeland Lake in Northern Ontario. We use the cottage from June to October with the family coming up for a couple weeks in July.

We have five grandchildren that stayed 3 weeks with us too. The unit seems to be working fine & what a convenience not having to run outside to the outhouse druing the night. We have 13 cottages on our lake which is north of Sault Saint Marie - 3 or 4 of which have a Septic system - several just use outhouses and Port-A-Potties & our other neighbour across the lake, bought the same unit as ours last August too.
Composting toilet review of Sun-Mar Centrex 1000 NE installed in cottage in Sault Ste-Marie, ON

Model: Centrex NE  (Current Equivalent Centrex 1000 NE), installed 1997
Location: Poltimore, QC
Reviewed By: Brenda Lester


We were truly "bushwhacking" with no phone, no power and no running water at our two season cottage beside a large creek in the Gatineau Mountains in Quebec. We finally installed a solar system, mainly for lights to replace the coal oil lamps we’d been using, and soon also had a twelve volt water pump bringing water from a hand dug well. Meanwhile, a newly environmentally conscious provincial government was discouraging the use of outhouses, especially at "old" cottages and dwellings in spring laden areas such as ours, and had severe restrictions on holding tanks, and we had no room for a proper septic field. We were also getting older, and not so keen on the mid- night trips in the cold or wet to use the facilities at the end of the lot!

We saw a cottage show on TV that featured composting toilets, and began a quest to find one. This was a solution that would let us have a flush toilet indoors that no government or other environmentalist could argue about. At the time, we couldn’t find any units for sale at retailers in Ottawa, where we live, so while on holidays in southern Ontario, we took a detour to Burlington, Ontario to visit the only Sun-mar wholesaler/manufacturer we could find information about. While there, in addition to a lot of valuable information about composting toilets, we obtained the name of a retailer in Ottawa who would order a unit for us. We ordered the unit in mid- September, and received it quickly enough that we had it installed by the end of the same month.

Since we now had running water (cold) but only limited electric power, in order to have the tiny inside bathroom look as "normal" as possible, we opted for the Centrex NE Model. To get the composter to the right level below the toilet, we dug a pit for it under the back of the cottage, with an old fashioned cellar or coal chute type door for access. The drain for liquids from the composter runs into a pipe and weeping tile under the cottage towards the front deck. Cottage life improved 100%.

We had problems with blockages in the pipe, especially when city friends and family forgot our "Conservation Cabin" rules about using water, lights and toilet paper, so in 1999 we expanded the Pit and rotated the composter unit 90° to eliminate one elbow in the pipe from the toilet. The pipe now runs the nine feet from toilet to composter in a straight line, and we’ve had no problems since. The expanded pit also holds our solar system paraphernalia, water pump and new hot water tank.

Rotating the drum, or "stirring the stink" as we affectionately call it (although it doesn't!), is part of our regular departure routine, and we empty the compost tray once a year, in the fall, into our "safe" landfill project behind the cottage. We still have the outhouse, but only use it when it’s closer than running into the cottage. Meanwhile, a brother who has a cottage just up the creek was so impressed with the efficiency, convenience and cleanliness that he also purchased a composting toilet!
Composting toilet review of Sun-Mar Centrex 1000 NE installed in Poltimore, QC

Model: Centrex, NE (Current Equivalent Centrex 1000 NE), installed 1998
Location: Installed in cottage, Georgian Bay, ON
Reviewed By: Sharon Patterson

Works great! We have beautiful flowers to prove it! At first we were a bit skeptical but now we would not consider any other option! 
Composting toilet review of Sun-Mar Centrex 1000 NE installed in cottage, Georgian Bay, ON

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