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Old 03-17-2006, 06:48 AM   #15
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Hey, search: oster water heater on ebay and you'll find a guy selling them for $139 buy it now or auctions starting at $109. Thats not a bad price.Shipping is high but its still cheaper than anywhere else I've seen.
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Old 03-17-2006, 07:27 AM   #16
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Re: Coleman Portable Hot Water Heater:

For that price ($199), I'd much rather install a teeny-weeny microwave oven...not only heat my water, but heat the milk for my coffee, and a million other food items!
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Old 03-17-2006, 07:34 AM   #17
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Take it from an old canoeist/backpacker/ski mountaineer: cold water works just fine for bathing. Paying $$$ and giving up space for a water heater only gets you a little warmth and pleasure. My wife and I have better ways to do that.
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Old 03-17-2006, 08:18 AM   #18
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I looked at these and decided against them due to the bulk and weight as well.

I use the stove to heat a small amount of water in a BIG pot to a rolling boil, then I ADD cool water until the temp is to my liking. Uses less propane, and takes much less time.
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Old 03-18-2006, 10:36 PM   #19
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I use the stove to heat a small amount of water in a BIG pot to a rolling boil, then I ADD cool water until the temp is to my liking. Uses less propane, and takes much less time.
I doubt the time factor is on your side of the equation. You turn the knob to hot and hot water comes out. It is very accurate in its "on demand" description. There is no waiting for boiling temperature to be reached. You adjust the knob and adjust the temperature. If you are a creature of habit, you just leave the knob set at the temperature you like. Mixing to correct temperature is not an issue. You could fill the same big pot for your water source, drop in the pump and turn the unit on. The water will come out of the faucet. There is a shower attachment that fits on the faucet that can also be used as a hose or tubing to route the water elsewhere.

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Old 03-19-2006, 07:19 AM   #20
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So you can heat up water on a stove in a few minutes for pennies. Or you can get the Coleman unit with carrying case and shower for only $209.97. Such a deal!

The only benefit I can see is speed, which is about the last thing I'm looking for when camping. Remember that every gadget you take along in your egg takes up space, adds weight, requires maintenance, and will eventually break down.
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There may be some that will benefit from the speed. Nothing wrong with that. I can see it being useful on "work camps" or when one is on a traveling schedule.

I use hot water to wash dishes and shower. Using one of my cooking pans to heat water while I am eating takes no extra time. I am eating. Shower time is another story, but I adjust.
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Old 03-19-2006, 09:46 PM   #22
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What happened to the old, square, collapsable, plastic water carriers with a handle on the top, and a spigot ? The optional extras were a long hose that attached to the spigot, with a shower head on it.
You put the water carrier on the top of your trailer in the sun, and a couple of hours later you donned your swim suit, and took a shower. Another extra was a portable shower curtain rail that attached to your trailer.
I think they were called 'solar showers'. Now, that's boondocking !! No utilities needed.
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What happened to the old, square, collapsable, plastic water carriers with a handle on the top, and a spigot ? The optional extras were a long hose that attached to the spigot, with a shower head on it.
You put the water carrier on the top of your trailer in the sun, and a couple of hours later you donned your swim suit, and took a shower. Another extra was a portable shower curtain rail that attached to your trailer.
I think they were called 'solar showers'. Now, that's boondocking !! No utilities needed.
I got one of those, or close to it. It's acutally called a "Solar Shower". Works great, except when the skeeters are out in force.
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Some people use those as the water source for the Coleman hot water heater.

For those of us with zero upper body strength, we bought them and never used them because when filled, we couldn't lift them high enough to make them become useful.
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...For those of us with zero upper body strength, we bought them and never used them because when filled, we couldn't lift them high enough to make them become useful.
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There are roof racks which extend to the side and lower for better access. I suppose the same idea could be applied to a shower water bag holder, but that may be mechanical overkill - a pump probably makes more sense... and Coleman puts one in the Hot Water On Demand and sells them separately (see the portable shower topics) as well.
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