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The Problems of Building a Solar Shower

solar showerBack in Oct 2012 I wrote an article about the problems a friend of mine was having with his solar shower.   At that time we asked for some suggestion to fix his problem and received some very good ones.  This morning we received another post on solar showers by a gentleman who has lived off the grid for 12 years.  He gives a good fairly detailed description of how he solved the problem.  I have decided to put his comment up as a post

Howard

I’m lucky, the cabins is a 1/4 mile off road up the side of the mountain and my system is all gravity fed from an artisan 80 yards up the mountain behind the cabin.  …

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A Solar Shower

A friend of mine built an outdoor shower a while back.  You can see it in the attached picture.  He put a 55-gallon drum on the top of a stand and plumbed in a shower beneath it.  If you look close, you can see the showerhead in the picture. (click on the picture and it will enlarge) The barrel is filled by a small 12-volt pump that operates off his solar power system.  The system is designed to be used for hot showers in the summer.

There is one flaw in the system, he lives quite far north and at a high elevation and the water often is not warm enough even in summer. …

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