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Discussion in 'Camp and Trail Gear' started by Carbon 6, Jan 14, 2020.
Thunder box or Campaign toilet, what can you tell me about them ?
Anyone use one ?
It looks like there's a chemical toilet inside the box. Probably smells better'n the community outhouse after four days.
No, actually it's period piece with a porcelain bowl or chamber pot maybe. (This one might be a reproduction or later piece though)
They date back to around 1810.
Apparently they were also used by military officers.
Trying to figure out how it works exactly and whats in the side compartment.
Ash tray? lol.
Interesting find. I was wondering about that metal thing to the side of the bowl as well.
Another picture of a different one I saw also had the "ash tray" looking thing, but also had another compartment.
If you stored sawdust along side it would make a nice composting toilet.
This one appears to have some kind of plumbing. and a lower chamber.
I wonder if the ashtray thing is a water pump to make it flush ?
I'd swear I saw an identical one on Pinterest, complete with chemical toilet.
Similar are popular with people who do the one and two week events in the S.C.A.
Bidet feature? And a place to store corncobs or such for wiping?
Funny, both those thoughts crossed my mind too.
I'm sure you could make one that way.
Anything would be better than a porta-potty in the sun after a day.
There's a definite theme to them.
My mother had an antique one in her house. She used to sit a potted plants in I always assumed they were more like a chamber pot or something used in the home before indoor plumbing than a field or campaign item.
Like this one ?
I read somewhere they were for officers only.
As you can see her by this link, they go back a long way.
It looked sort of like that but was completely enclosed more like this one.
and the same ashtray looking thing.
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