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Postby Chippy76 » Sun Feb 18, 2007 10:45 pm

Can someone please help ?????
Ive been looking for advise/information/plans on how to build a over fire hot water service. You know the type that sits next to the fire with a copper coil in the fire and the drum next to it ... ? but i cant find anything on the net! Can any one help me or point me in the right direction ?
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Postby Ozzycamperboy » Sun Feb 18, 2007 11:03 pm

Never seen anything like that on the net or on real life, but wouldn't it be easier to have a drum for showers, and just boil a pot or two of water, adding that to the drum of cold water to make it warm?

But with your idea, does the copper piping flow through the fire, then back out into the same drum? Or does it flow out of one drum, through the fire and into another one? Or directly to a shower?
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Postby Barby-Q » Mon Feb 19, 2007 7:35 am

Is it a Donkey your looking for ?
Some people we know use a metal gal rubbish bin that has a 50 mm downpipe soldered in the centre and a 50mm overflow soldered on the side , these are simple to make and last for years . Just sit it at the back of the fire and the water will heat up , they tip cold water in the top and the hot water comes out the overflow . or 'Hillbilly ' has a 20 litre drum that does the same thing .
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Postby Chippy76 » Mon Feb 19, 2007 12:02 pm

I have the general concept and will try to have to make one up . I just thought there might be an example somewhere I could copy. Basically it uses a steel drum (20 lts is good) and a copper coil that enters the drum top and bottom. The coil rests in the fire and heats the water, while the drum sits to the side. Cold water is added to the drum from the top and the hot water comes out a spout at the side. Like I said i have the general idea, but if anyone has a photo or plan , i'd be most grateful!
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Postby Barby-Q » Mon Feb 19, 2007 4:34 pm

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Postby Derek Bullock » Mon Feb 19, 2007 10:21 pm

Yep, they are called donkeys. Mate of mine made one years ago when he was living in a caravan in the bush while building a house. Never did see how he did it but a house of five used it for six months.

Some National Parks in Queenslad have installed them.

Do a search for "hot water donkey" on Google.

Below photo is one at Crows Nest National Park near Toowoomba. You light the fire underneath, wait for it to get hot, turn the tap on and hot water pours out the other side.

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Postby Chippy76 » Thu Feb 22, 2007 11:38 pm

I found a great pic of exactly what I wanted .. in - of all places - the scouts handbook! (Im a Scout leader) Ill try and scan i pic and post it here ... thanks for all your help!
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Postby Komodo » Fri Feb 23, 2007 9:57 am

Beauty chippy!

I know when i was in scouts we had a hot water service that was essentially a water donkey made out of a keg - but it could be placed over a gas burner if required too ;)
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Postby Chippy76 » Sat Feb 24, 2007 10:19 pm

Yeah not sure a Keg is a good look on a scout camp tho! lol
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image posting ????

Postby Chippy76 » Sun Mar 25, 2007 10:23 am

i know this is off th topic, but how do I post an image of this on here? I dont understand how to do it ! Thanks
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Re: image posting ????

Postby Scolers » Sun Mar 25, 2007 10:31 am

chippy wrote:i know this is off th topic, but how do I post an image of this on here? I dont understand how to do it ! Thanks
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Go here and all will be revealed ... viewtopic.php?t=524

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Postby Chippy76 » Wed Apr 04, 2007 5:27 pm

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Well I finally scanned the pic and (hopefully) figured out how to post it .... here goes ...
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Postby Kramer » Wed Apr 04, 2007 7:58 pm

That looks easy enough to make, your starting to give me ideas now :)
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Postby Chippy76 » Thu Apr 05, 2007 10:54 pm

Its not hard to make by the looks of it ... just trying to locate a clean drum to use in it. I see many at work, but they all have held paint or something... any ideas where i could find one. Perhaps one that held metho .... ???
Do ya reckon auto fuel hose would stand the temp ? i assume 100
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Postby Chippy76 » Thu Apr 05, 2007 10:58 pm

opps i posted too soon ......................

*cuts in rest of spiel*

....... 100 degrees C. I was just going to hose clamp it together for easy disassembly to transport. I wont be doing this for a few weeks, as we are off to Flanagans Reserve this weekend for easter, and with a wedding looming, well ....... enuf said!

Happy Easter to all, and I hope you all get out and enjoy your camping over your break!
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