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After the fire:
we were told it would take a few weeks to process the insurance claim
yeah right? well.... not to delve into that ugly business

suffice to say... they reneged on their promise
So we had waited many months @ the Farm and having no hot showers
was simply not an option ...

so we purchased from Cabela's a hot water on demand unit (around $250.00 aprox)
that runs off cans of gas ($15 to fill em) same as a BBQ does... and the pressure
is as good as what pressure you have on site... (the unit has an internal pump actually)

it will however act temper mental in REALLY cold weather
so we had ours set up in a greenhouse i built out of recycled sliding glass doors
that i scan Craig's list for quite Often.

Your other option is to spend the money on a large copper coil preferably 1" in diameter
that you place up hill from the shower site.... inside of a closed system Glass hot box
which you can make out a of sliding glass door and some leftover lumber and one sheet
of plywood and one sheet of 1/2 inch reflective foiled insulation and man does it
generate some HEAT enough to get sunburned.

so that the water inside the coil gets heated via the SUN
then you drain that water out to shower and replenish it as needed.

in either CASE: you have to have an insulated from freezing water drum
to act as your supply to either the solar hot water maker or the hot water on demand unit.

Preferably it is Nice to do this VIA free compost heat but
unless your going to stockpile compost resources: Manure ,leaves, grass separately
until their needed for a new batch of compost you won't have consistent hot water available.
this also APPLIES to when the SUN is not shining
I would think a ROCKET stove could be built with an internal coil for heating plenty of hot water too
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That sounds pretty cool!
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