Solar showers use energy from the sun to heat water for an outdoor shower. There are three main types of solar showers and each has a different design:
The simplest solar shower design is a shower bag. The dark-
Disadvantages of this system are that the bag takes three hours to heat the water and that the design doesn’t work well in colder climates where there isn’t as much sunlight and air temperatures are cooler. Some brands of bag shower use a 4-
Shower tents are small tented areas where an individual camper can shower, change or go to the toilet in privacy regardless of his or her location. The design of shower tents can vary depending on the manufacturer, but in general the dimensions are about 4 ft. square at the base and about 7 ft. high. Shower tents are generally made
from a polyethylene and polyester (or similar) mix also used in commercial camping tents. They are usually held up by steel and fiberglass poles (or similar) with nylon guy ropes. Shower tents often have mesh windows and storage pockets to hold shower products. A Shower tent is assembled in the same way as a camping tent. It can be assembled and disassembled quickly and easily wherever it is needed.
The shower unit used in a shower tent is usually a bag design, but other types of camping showers (see below) can also be used. The advantages of the shower tent are: the privacy that it offers while camping; the ease of assembly and disassembly in any location; and the fact that it can be packed up into a small space for easy storage. In addition, some shower tents have a removable floor to allow the collection of gray water at campsites where water run-
There is also a wide range of camping showers that use energy sources such as propane gas or a copper heat exchange mechanism to warm water for a shower.
Propane burner camping showers use bottled propane gas to heat the water required for an outdoor shower. Designs vary, but typically a 16.4oz disposable propane tank can heat a 60 gallon capacity water tank in 10-
Advantages of some designs of propane burner camping showers are that they retain the small size and portability of solar camping showers. Propane burners can be used in all climates. They heat water more quickly than the sun alone, and to a higher temperature. A disadvantage of this type of product is the greater weight of the propane gas canister in a rucksack. Much larger propane tanks and shower units are available, but these are a lot less portable, and are more suited to staying in a fixed position such as a campsite, rather than for use when hiking.
Some types of portable camping shower use a copper heat exchange mechanism to heat the water. The metal coil is placed in a campfire and the copper then absorbs some of the fire’s heat and transfers it to water inside the pipe in order to heat it for a shower. A 12-
Another type of camping shower to use heat exchange is a vehicle-
engine to its radiator the water is heated through the heat exchanger, and a 12-
Reviews of solar showers tended to vary from poor reviews for cheaper, more basic designs of bag shower, to very positive reviews for the better designed bags on the market.
The shower tents that received the best reviews tended to have more features and included a well-
Gas Burner Camping Showers
Propane burner camping showers generally received very positive reviews.
Coil Camping Showers
Reviews of coil camping showers are also generally positive.