Stainless steel hot water tub and maybe oven?





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    Hello,

    After much thought and research I have decided not to go for a gas shower.

    I would like to make a container out of stainless steel that I can fill with water and leave next to/on the campfire to warm water which I will then use with one of those cheep electric showers from Makro.

    I would like it to be the following dimensions 28cm/28cm and 38cm high.

    I do not know how thick it needs to be to withstand the heat from a campfire. Advice on this would be appreciated.

    How much do you think such a thing would cost? It is a very basic design, basically a box and maybe a lid.

    Also it got me thinking, If I added a lid could I use it as an oven with some minor adjustments? But this is just a thought.

    Other solutions to my hot water problem are welcome. I am aware of the obvious black bag shower and using a gas stove.

    Regards,


    Christopher

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    How about using an empty and clean paint (PVA?) drum (metal) to heat the water. I assume the Makro shower has a pump to raise the water to the shower head??

    Your dimensions of 28x28x38 equals roughly 30 Liters of water. Get a steel drum of 40 Lt?? Stainless container will be too heavy and cost a small fortune to manufacture. Maybe even a watertight steel army trommel/ammo-box might work?

    We used the 25Lt paint containers to boil water in when we went crayfishing years ago. Had a lid as well as a handle. The contraption was put directly onto the fire and this setup lasted for months, until it fell of the bakkie and was flattened by a truck!!

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    Stainless steel is not a good idea due to the low thermal conduction (k=15 W/mK). I would rather use mild steel (k = 60 W/mk) which will also be cheaper. SS will last longer, but if only used on camping and trips, MS will most probably last a lifetime.
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    We use a empty 25l paint tin, same as ELU. You buy them brand new from a paint supplier, cost very little. They come standard with a lid and work as storage in the vehicle whiled travelling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Faddel View Post
    We use a empty 25l paint tin, same as ELU. You buy them brand new from a paint supplier, cost very little. They come standard with a lid and work as storage in the vehicle whiled travelling.
    Ditto - Kalahari geyser

    Let it stand next to the fire, do not make a fire under, or against it, the heat dissipated from fire warms the water sufficiently for a comfortable shower.

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    Or just use a jerry can. I use a 10L - boils in now time and you can add 15-20L of cold water for washing purposes. We always take a platic crate for all the kids toys, in camp we empty it and then serves as the "bath".

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    I have to say I am always very pleased with the responses I get on this forum. What a great site!
    Thanks very much for all your thoughts.
    I have decided to take your advice will try to find the (new) paint tins you guys mentioned.
    Cheers guys

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    You might struggle to get a paint tin because most products are packaged in plastic drums these days
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    Default Water Jerry can

    we just use a water jerry can, stand next to the fire and it will boil in no time, decant into a bucket to shower< use welding gloves to handle< one jerry can can be enough for large group< 10 to 12 peoply

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