Brine For the Outhouse?
By Morley Hunt
March 17, 2017 9:54am CST
My husband manages two poultry farms. One is next door to us and the other one is about a quarter mile around the corner. They are not owned by the same people, but are operated in many ways as one farm. New regulations were passed I. The last year and both farms needed to have an outhouse on the premises. The outhouses were installed early in the fall and then my husband had to set them up so they would be equipped with toilet paper, paper towels, hand sanitizer and brine. I said brine? Why brine? The brine is to keep them from freezing in the winter....okay.....that makes sense. We'll get back to the brine. Meanwhile, my husband purchase the hand sanitizer for each farm....and a large package of toilet paper....again...for each farm. Then he needed paper towel.... He brought the paper towel and went to put it in the dispenser....standard paper towel doesn't fit. Okay, not to be deterred he had rolls of absorbent paper...he would cut them to the correct length....the spindle wouldn't fit. Back to the drawing board. Eventually he had to order paper towel.....boxes with a hundred rolls for each farm....that's probably a 25 year supply! Now back to the brine.....how to make the appropriate brine. We checked online...dissolve rock salt in water....that sounded simple enough....too bad the salt wouldn't dissolve. Eventually we ended up with water softener salt to make the brine. Who knew that setting up a couple of outhouses would be so complicated? We used to just set a pail under the opening. @shaggin asked to be tagged.
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17 Mar 17
I have discovered that the paper towel I buy (no matter what brand) does not fit into the paper towel dispenser I have in my kitchen. I have to Cut the cardboard with a big sharp knife. I have always wondered why don´t they make the towels to fit the dispensers. I have seen in other houses that people just give up and place the paper towels anywhere while the dispenser is empty and nice placed in a wall.
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• United States
17 Mar 17
Wow that is quite an ordeal to get an outhouse up and running. Here the parks just order one and have it delivered and people come weekly to clean and empty it. Now the only brine I know is a type of shrimp so I am a little confused on the whole salt creating part of this post. I went to a gas station once a few winters ago. Inside the portajohn it was ice everywhere. I think somehow rain got inside and then froze. I couldn't sit on the seat and had to be careful not so slip on the ice covered floor. It was awful lol
17 Mar 17
I have used a lot of outhouses in my life time, all one to three holes... I've never heard of a brine for the winter, I do remember ashes be sprinkled after use and some even had herbs to toss in but not one that I know of worried about freezing...
18 Mar 17
@Morleyhunt Possibly because they are chemical rather than dirt. I remember my sister hired four that looked like the photo above for her daughters summer outdoors wedding and the next day they just picked them up, all of the ones I've been in were holes in the ground, not chemical...
18 Mar 17
@PainsOnSlate this one isn't really chemical....it has a holding tank...similar to the pail I remember under the hole....but it wouldn't see enough use to have a lot of waste. The waste creates heat as it decomposes so once it has stuff in it the need for brine would probably not be as important.
• El Paso, Texas
17 Mar 17
I had to do this to you, I tried like all heckydarn to find some of the better clips of Arte as Wolgang but this was the best I could find ...... hey, at least he didn't say stupid
Clip from the US TV series “Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In” (1960s – ‘70s)
20 Mar 17
I still eat a lot of chicken....Kentucky Yucky isn't on the menu too often...it tends to be a bit greasy and gives me heartburn. When I managed two chicken barns I had to step into a foot bath of disinfectant every time I went in or out of the barn....it was inside the barn so no rock salt was added to the solution.