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Model: Compact, Installed 1998
Location: Installed at cottage on island in St. Lawrence River
Reviewed By: Dale Leeson


The septic system installed in 1980 had failed. Being on an island in the St. Lawrence River. replacement costs were estimated at $3000 to $5000. After much research it was decided to purchase the "Sun-Mar" Compact. Since I have been thoroughly satisfied with this unit, I purchased the "Excel" for the hunting camp in 2001.



Composting toilet review of Sun-Mar Compact model installed on island in the St. Lawrence river




Model: Compact, Installed 1997
Location: Installed in cabin in Guerin, Quebec
Reviewed By: Luc & Hilde Fourneir




Our Compact was installed at our cottage in Guerin, Quebec. When we installed it we found that it was a mite too long. So, because the bathroom is 4' by 8', and because the 4' bathtub is against the far end, we solved the problem by cutting a hole in hte wall and protruding the back of the unit in an adjoining room. This is also what we had to do with the bathtub, it is also recessed by 1 1/2".

In the above mentioned room we built a fully enclosed shelf. This shelf is easily removed to get at the back of the Composter and the bathtub.

We treat the compost obtained like any other compost, it goes into a composter near the garden, garden soil is added to it in layers. When removed later, it is spread around the base of shrubs and small trees. The result is very positive.

The 1/2" emergency hose is always connected in case of excess liquid.

--Luc & Hilde Fournier March 8th 2004







Composting toilet review of Sun-Mar Compact model installed in cabin in Guerin, Quebec

Model: Compact, Installed 1998
Location: Installed in cottage in Minden, ON
Reviewed By: Jean Pinch



Letter from Jean Pinch, July 7 1999:

We purchased the Sun-Mar Compact composting toilet in July 1998. Followed your instructions for leaving it for the winter, leaving here in September, 1998. Upon our return to Little Hawk Lake, we followed the instructions to re-activate the Compact.

I am the sole occupant of our cottage - with several guests during the summer - and it is doing a good job.

I am enclosing pictures of our "Sun-Mar Room", a separate room from our cottage, that is used only in the summer season.

-Jean Pinch


Composting toilet review of Sun-Mar Compact model installed in cottage in Minden, ON

Model: WCM & Compact, Installed 1999
Location: Installed in house basement and workshop
Reviewed By: Dan Earle


WCM serves two toilets. Has worked very well with sawdust/peat mix @ 50/50. Drain hooked to septic system line since we had to have system installed. Compact serves auxiliary use when working outside or in shop.
Composting toilet review of Sun-Mar Compact model installed in house basement and workshop
 
Model: Compact, Installed 2000
Location: Installed in cabin in Blairmore, Alberta, Canada
Reviewed By: Marie & Bob Frantz

We bought a Sun-Mar Compact in May of 2000 when we began to build a new home in a small town located over 100 miles away from where we are currently living. This house is by and large a weekend project for us.

We quickly realized it would be a problem to have to use our limited time at the building site driving to a public restroom or disturbing the neighbors to use their bathrooms. So we built a very small camping shed (8 ft. by 8 ft.) and installed the Sun-Mar in one corner of it. Problem solved!

The bed in our camping shed is only 2 feet away from the Sun-Mar which is situated behind a partial wooden partition. We were a bit concerned at first that there might be an odor problem but there has never been so much as a whiff out of our Sun-Mar. Also it operates so quietly that we are barely aware of it -- very much appreciated after a hard day of sawing and nailing. We can honestly say that the only time we were disturbed by an odor was the night a skunk decided to rummage around underneath the camping shed. Ugh!
Sorry we can't send you a photo of our Sun-Mar but as you can see from the photo taken outside our camping shed, there just isn't enough room in there to get a good shot of it.


You'll have to take our word for it that it's sitting there quiet and odor-free, just inside the door to the left.
We're still trying to decide whether to move the Sun-Mar into the house when it's completed or leave it where it is so we can offer overnight guests a rather unique accommodation. (The camping shed is warm and cozy and will look pretty good when we finally put the siding on it.)

Sincerely,
Marie and Bob Frantz

Composting toilet review of Sun-Mar Compact model installed in cabin in Blairmore, Alberta, Canada

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