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camping WATER!!!

Discussion in 'Preparedness & Survival' started by mjbskwim, Jul 21, 2015.

  1. mjbskwim

    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    SO I went to the hot springs the other day.There was some nice folk up there.The couple had just bought a 4X4 ford van (25k for a 90's camper van?)
    I see they have a water/bug sprayer sitting there
    http://www.homedepot.com/p/Longray-1-Gal-Stainless-Steel-Sprayer-SP4A/205853222
    They get out and spay themselves down,got a little warm in the pool.
    He had taken the plastic suction tube out and replaced it with copper,so he could heat water in it for showers!!!?? Yeah. Then he replaced the wand sprayer with a kitchen sink sprayer
    What a genius:confused:! Worked pretty darn good and carries a gallon of water
    Just thought I would share that with all y'all
     
  2. Oathkeeper1775

    Oathkeeper1775 Coast Range Well-Known Member

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    90 bucks seems a little steep for that "necessity".
     
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  3. Kristina

    Kristina Portland, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter 2016 Volunteer

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    That is a pretty cool idea. I am all for maximum versatility and I can imagine quite a few scenarios where being able to heat a larger quantity of water all at once would be helpful.
     
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  4. mjbskwim

    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    But if you have 25k for an older van,90 buck ain't nothin. Plus it's a buy once cry once item. The stainless jug will last for quite some time
    I'll be shopping for one that is a little less money though
     
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  5. thorborg

    thorborg portland oregon Well-Known Member 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    If larger quantity of hot water sans sprayer is all you want here is a method that keeps a large hunting camp in all the hot water needed.
    Essentially you are perking the water like a coffee pot:
    Install a compression fitting an inch from the bottom and three inches from the top on the same side of a 5 gallon can with lid. Use copper (or stainless if you can work it) tubing which will connect to the bottom fitting, form several loops on a reasonable flat plane on the bottom with the other end going back the the can, up to the other fitting. Set the can next to your fire pit with the coils in the pit. fill with water then build your camp fire over the coils and in no time you will have nearly boiling water as long as you keep the coils hot. Just don't let the can go dry or you will burn up the copper coil.
    Construct the assembly so when removed from the can it will fit inside for storage. the can will eventually get sooty so you can apply dish soap to the out side and the soot will wash right off same for your cooking pans if you cook over fire. Easier yet is to go to your local coffee roaster and get a burlap bag to store your now dirty can in.
    As an aside, depending on your camp fire size; 1/4 inch tubing requires less fire to operate it than 3/8 inch tubing. Lid is for keeping the crackling fire flavor buds out and the heat in. A large ladle hanging on the cool side of the can makes for handy dipping. img188.jpg
     
  6. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf SE Portland Well-Known Member

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    What proof do you get out of that rig? lol
     
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  7. 40calruler

    40calruler Lake Oswego Well-Known Member

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    Funny I was thinking the same thing. Camping brewery.
     
  8. Martini_Up

    Martini_Up NW USA Well-Known Member

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    171 degrees and proof!! :s0060:
     
  9. thorborg

    thorborg portland oregon Well-Known Member 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    You have to operate it in reverse, put the mash and can in the fire and the coil in the river for cooling!:s0145::s0059:
     
  10. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf SE Portland Well-Known Member

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    Drat those pesky details!
     
  11. Sgt Nambu

    Sgt Nambu Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Yeah, alcohol is a scarce, expensive commodity!;)
     
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  12. Stomper

    Stomper Oceania Rising White Is The New Brown Silver Supporter

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    Not in the Ozarks.... ;)
     
  13. Stomper

    Stomper Oceania Rising White Is The New Brown Silver Supporter

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    Are you talking a plastic or metal 5-gallon bucket?
     
  14. thorborg

    thorborg portland oregon Well-Known Member 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    can.jpg tube.png comp.png some sort of rubber gasket seal for compression fittings , 1/4 inch pipe thread nut nut.png spring-tube-bender.jpg Spring tubing bender helps keep the tube from going flat but working slowly can be done without
     
  15. jbett98

    jbett98 NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    You can pack the tube with sand and bend it any which way with ease.
     
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  16. Stomper

    Stomper Oceania Rising White Is The New Brown Silver Supporter

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    I'm a refrigeration pipe-fitter of almost 25-yrs... You should see the cool gizmo-stuff I got for bending soft-drawn tubing... LOL!
     
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  17. thorborg

    thorborg portland oregon Well-Known Member 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    I believe we have officially hijacked mjbskwin's thread, albeit inadvertently. Beg your pardon.
     
  18. mjbskwim

    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    Well if it was for fixen to make moon shine I'd be pissed.:cool:
    Hey I threw out an idea and we got some other ideas going. I'm still thinking the sprayer is a better option if you are traveling . Except the cost of the tank
    If I was camping in one place for a week,the copper tubing idea is great. But I would use larger tubing.It will eventually heat and when it does it will be a larger volume heating.
    Then you can elevate the 5 gallon bucket,or and old smaller water heater tank and the hot water should circulate fairly well.Hook up the shower nozzle!
    May need a bucket of cold water next to the hot one in case the hot gets too hot
    Hunting last year,my plumber friend tried just the coils in the fire.He hooked it to a hose to et to the shower i the RV. Worked OK but had too much distance the travel to keep the water got.
    If his brother (who is on here,lurking) wasn't a wimp,he would have taken the shower outside,lol
     
  19. gunfreak

    gunfreak Boise Well-Known Member

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    I bought one of those cheap 2 gallon garden sprayers and labeled it 'water only' for the purpose of a shower and cleaning after bathroom visits during a apocalyptic episode. Cuts back on t.p. use.:D
     
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  20. RVTECH

    RVTECH LaPine Well-Known Member

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    Man our salespeople ain't that cruel!
     
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