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post #1 of 33 (permalink) Old 01-28-2018, 08:52 PM Thread Starter
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Solar Water Heater

Anyone ever build one? I am thinking about building a small one that I could heat up some water for showers in the summer. In the winter I can heat it on the wood stove or on the gas range. This also heats the cabin. Thinking of something for the summer. I know when we leave the water containers out in the sun in the summer they will get warm. Looking online it seems like you can build something pretty cheap and easy to heat a little bit of water. Not going to mount permanent, but just something to set outside during the summer.

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why not a propane hot water tank, seeing your set up for propane ,I am assuming a large propane tank?
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why not a propane hot water tank, seeing your set up for propane ,I am assuming a large propane tank?

We don't have a water supply at the camp, so we carry water in. Don't need to heat a bunch of water. I haven't ruled it out, but during the summer it may be nice to heat the water without adding heat inside the cabin.

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The summer we built the addition on camp, made a wooden frame to straddle the peak of the original cabin roof, put a pair of black plastic barrels up there (laid flat, end to end) for shower water. Piece of hose down to a shower head.

Didn't have indoor water at the time, but did have the well in (block pit next to well casing, pressure tank in pit and hydrant to draw water).

Filled 'em each morning so the sun could heat the water. Rigged up a shower curtain on the back wall of the cabin, pallet on the ground to stand on while showering.

End of each day's work, gravity flow of warm water to wash off the sweat and sawdust.
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I had a plan to get 1/2" pvc and paint it flat black, make a 4 x 8 grid and use it.. Have yet to try it.
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DennyF- that sounds like a Gilligan's Island shower. I bet it worked great.
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I thought about using soft copper and making something similar to this. I would paint it black though as I would think it would work better.

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Check out the Zodi hot camp shower in Cabelas camping section. Runs off 4 D cell batteries and a 1 pound propane cylinder. We used one for years at camp and it worked fine. We made an outdoor shower stall out of 2x4's and a tarp. Even used it in the winter time and it wasn't bad. If you had an open window for ventilation indoors, it wouldn't be an issue for all the longer it would be on.
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Keep in mind anything you use to heat water also has to be able to be winterized or at least easily transported back home so you don't have to winterize it. A coil like that will have to be blown out. A zig-zag of piping can be done to be gravity drained though it'll take up more space than the coil.
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Go on YOUTUBE they have many DIY ideas for what you are looking for
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