When it comes to camping, the off-grid lifestyle, or disaster survival, having hot water quickly becomes a top priority.
I’ve used an almost identical set-up for several years and have had excellent results. There are a few different models of on-demand, tankless water heaters on the market, but I’ve had nothing but praise for the Eccotemp L5 Portable Tankless Water Heater.
When I was working on the Elysian Fields Project, this little heater was a lifesaver! It produced great water flow, plenty of hot water, and barely sipped any fuel. A standard 20-lb barbeque tank will last well over a month of regular showering and dishwashing.
I still use it and bring it on camping trips with me even though I have a small RV now, and offer it up to my fellow campers. I set-up a 10′x10′ pop-up canopy with sides, add a small Shur-Flo 12v pump and battery, and have an instant community showering facility! These can typically be found for $125-250 depending on the model and make a great tangible investment for your disaster contingency plans!
The nicer, “slightly more expensive but well worth it” model is the new Eccotemp FVI-12-LP High Capacity Propane Tankless Water Heater.
Let us know if you’ve used something similar and what your experiences were with it!
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