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What to use to heat 5 gallon bucket of water for camping shower

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by excorcist, Dec 19, 2016.

  1. Dec 19, 2016 at 7:18 PM
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    excorcist

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    I Just purchased one of these

    https://www.amazon.com/Ivation-Port...qid=1482203104&sr=8-5&keywords=camping+shower

    (for those that don't want to click the link it is basically a shower nozzle with a pump that goes into a water source)

    As a gift to my girlfriend for christmas

    Now looking to find the best way to heat some water to use with it. Im thinking a 5 gallon bucket with a water heater ran from the bed outlet , but the bucket water heaters I see I believe equate to around 10 amps.

    Any other ideas?
     
  2. Dec 19, 2016 at 7:22 PM
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    I'd take the 5-gallon bucket of cold water and soak it in a 10-gallon bucket of hot water. ;)
     
  4. Dec 19, 2016 at 7:24 PM
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    Not opposed to using a fire as a source of heat, just wasn't sure what type of container to use, there are 5 gallon metal buckets, but then comes the issue of thickness / gauge of material, and also what type of finish is on the bucket.
     
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    I saw those on Amazon, They are about 3 times as much as the one I bought, + it will still need a 12v water pump + propane + fittings and hoses etc..

    Looks like a nice setup but Im trying to keep it simple and compact.
     
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    Here's a system for you

    Plumb it to the on demand propane I originally linked. No buckets needed.

    Or since you like simple, let the GF stay home, and just take the cold showers yourself. :D
     
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    Have had my eye on those too, I like the idea but will not be using it enough to pay 200$ for that system and again another 120$ for the heater and then also have to carry propane for the system (I cook exclusively over fire / briquette while camping)
     
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    Cold showers for you! :)

    Just kidding. Show us your creative results.
     
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    Camping for a few days. No shower required.
     
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    Agreed, I can go a week with just baby wipes, Girlfriend will start complaining after a few days with no shower. The longer we can go without complaints the better. In the long run this was really a gift to myself.

    Also we camp in NV most of the time, and almost never in designated sites, can get dirty quickly.
     
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    Pick up one o fthose black solar water bags...no power source needed
     
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    That is why I never go camping with girls. Too much whinning.
     
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    Good for summer, Not so good for Spring / fall and occasional winter trips, or when its cloudy, or when we go over to CA in the trees.
     
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    Best way to go camping. Take the dog and leave the GF home. No complaining and someone to talk to. Less cooking needed also.
     
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    It'll burn you in the summer if you leave it in the sun too long. Perfect for spring/fall. Not great in the trees but I've found most places I camp I can at least find a patch of sun every few days if needed.

    Now I have hot water at the flip of a switch...even when it's cloudy and in the 40's out.

    [​IMG]
     
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    Good to know, I guess I didn't realize the potential for solar heating. I will keep it in mind. I wonder how much potential a black bucket with black lid has.
     
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    The same shit everyone else has.
    I use one of the solar shower bags when I camp. Its enough to wash my hair and scrub my balls after a day of fishing.
     
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    Try heating up some rocks in the fire for a few minutes and then with some tongs put the rocks in the bucket of water. That should work.
     
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    I like the thought of that. Have seen rocks used to boil water in smaller amounts. Will give that it a try for sure.
     

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