We have some old galvanized laundry tubs (2ft sq) w/ hose plugs in the bottom...we used to fill w/ heated water and attach short hose and spray head...the tub was on an elevated pallet under a window for filling and shower "stall" under pallet....a piece of tin to keep tub covered and warmth in....running water and reg. shower inside now at camp
Thanks for the ideas. I just bought a old galvanized tub at a tag sale.( just seeing it gave me fond memories of my grandma giving me a bath under the apple tree on her farm) Unfortunately I don't have a woodstove (yet) I wonder, could I heat the water in the tub or would there be a problem with fumes?
As a kid my grandfather had a 55 gal. drum painted black that was inclosed behind his shop. I decided to build one a few years back to shower off after working out side. Mine was simular to my grandfathers except that I enclosed the barrel with glass. The water was always cool at the bottom when the barrel was full, but nice and warm at the top. I always had a very nice warn shower when the barrel only had maybe 10 gallons of water. I decided to attach a hose on the inside of the tank and put a float at the end of the hose where the water coming out of the shower head would be coming off the top of the tank. This made a big difference in the temp. of my shower water. We used it for a number of years until the timbers were unsafe and was afraid the grandkids might get hurt. I would think that a more flat container for the water storage would much better than a barrel. Look at how hot the temp. of water in a hose pipe will get in the summer on a sunny day.
In warm weather we have the tree shower. Cold weather means bucket baths (bucket and cup) a couple times a week sponge baths. You will be surprised at how GREAT it feels to stand out in the yard and take a bucket bath, and that last bit left in the bucket poured over your head for the final rinse ahhhhhh Sometimes we heat water up and pour it in the washtup, and sometimes we heat it directly in the tub. We now, also, have a 50 gal black plastic watering tub, bought from Southen States. Its good for a long soak.
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my mom was raised in Fl. and tells me thier water was heated by the sun. They had black hose/pipe on the roof filled with water and the sun heated it. The smaller diameter the faster the heat.I'm thinking water heat box; goes something like this: make flat wooden box side walls about 4" high,paint bottom and sides black,drill hole thru sides in both ends to run hose in and out,put hose in tight side to side zig-zag(no kinks)Black hose best..to increase effiency cover with clear glass..you are limited in size only by the weight your roof will bear. I'm not a plummer but I bet there are gravity systems that would feed the heated water into an insulated holding tank/and or circulate thru a hot water heat system...oh yeah, south side of roof best, then east,west,north least desireable.
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You can make a dandy 12v shower with a cheap $20 submersible pump with a hose long enough to go from a bucket to a hanger, then add a small water-saver shower head. All you have to do is heat your container of water to whatever temperature you like, stick the pump in and take a nice regular, pressurized shower.
I made one years ago, cost about $25 for everything and it still works great.
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The sprayer I used was an old garden sprayer. I think it held 2 gallons (plenty enough for a shower). Got it in a flea market for 10 bucks and being black, sitting it in the sun for awhile actually sometimes made the water TOO hot and had to cool it down with some cold water added. The pump sprayer was what I really liked. Like having water pressure out in the middle of nowhere!
DW and i spent summer in travel trailer with four girls three yrs. ago and we just bought plastic stock tank and filled with water covered with visqueen/spelling wrapped bungee cord around top to seal by evening it was great.