How to Heat Water for Outdoor Shower

You love showering in the garden, but you want to heat water for your outdoor shower because you do not like the feeling of a cold shower after a day at the beach, gardening, or playing in the yard with your kids and pets.

Even if you are the type of person that loves a refreshing cold water shower, you probably want to have the convenience of doing it with warm water too.

There are three options to heat water for your outdoor shower. We present them to you ordered from the highest to the lower cost.

Use your House’s Plumbing


The first one will be to install the outdoor shower close to the hot water source. To do that, the best location of the outdoor shower will be the outer wall of any of your house’s bathrooms. In particular, access the hot water supply from the outside and extend new tubing for the shower. Pipes can be run a short distance up the side of the house to be attached to the shower fixture.

If you locate the shower away from the house, you can extend the hot and cold water supply to the outdoor shower via PEX tubing or plumbing buried underground. You can hire a plumber, or you can do it yourself if you have some experience with plumbing. Depending on the distance, this option would cost you between $200-$1,000.

Install a Tankless Gas Water Heater


The second option is to install a tank-less gas water heater. These heaters start when you open the faucet. Then, they deliver a continuous flow of hot water because they work with water pressure. The water heater saves you the trouble and costs of installing the necessary plumbing required to pipe hot water from the inside of your house.

This option becomes more attractive as the distance of the outdoor shower to the house increases. Another advantage is that you need to extend only one PEX tube to the water heater. As a result, you use the shower as you would if you were in your house’s bathroom, graduating the supply of the hot and cold water to your comfort.

The water heaters are portable, and you can easily install them in a non-conspicuous place, like behind a shrub. Their only accessories are a standard propane gas tank and two D-cell batteries for starting the fire. Their price runs, between $100, and $300, depending on their BTU heating power.

Go Solar.

The solar option is a beautiful DIY project because it is ecologically friendly, has a low cost, and is easy to do. It consists of making a coil with a black hose and installing it on the south-facing roof of your house so that it receives the sunlight. The cold water penetrates the coil and heats as it advances towards the shower. This arrangement produces a flow of hot water for about five minutes, depending on the water pressure. If you want the supply of hot water to last longer, add more coils y a tandem-like manner. The cost would be around.

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Sources: Gardenista, Cabinlife, Instructables, Eccotemp

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