hot water donkeys

Submitted: Monday, Apr 15, 2013 at 20:19
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Hi Guys, does anyone out there have any plans or drawings for a hot water donkey,i am trying to make one both for myself and for my sons cub/scout pack,any leads would be greatly appreciated cheers Andrew
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Reply By: Gramps - Monday, Apr 15, 2013 at 20:38

Monday, Apr 15, 2013 at 20:38
Try this old post to start

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Follow Up By: Gramps - Monday, Apr 15, 2013 at 20:50

Monday, Apr 15, 2013 at 20:50
You could always just buy a small one from one of the serious camping stores. I think they're in the region of $50 - $100. They use the same principles.
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Follow Up By: andrew t - Monday, Apr 15, 2013 at 21:05

Monday, Apr 15, 2013 at 21:05
thanks for the tip on buying one but i'm not really interested in buying one i would prefer to make one and see how i go.
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Reply By: Les - PK Ranger - Monday, Apr 15, 2013 at 21:26

Monday, Apr 15, 2013 at 21:26
No kidding Andrew, if you Google - hot water donkey plans - there are pages and pages of results, and some really good designs.
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Reply By: Member - Rosco from way back - Monday, Apr 15, 2013 at 21:59

Monday, Apr 15, 2013 at 21:59
Get hold of a 5 gallon beer keg (if you can). Perfect for the job and won't rust to boot.

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Follow Up By: andrew t - Monday, Apr 15, 2013 at 22:45

Monday, Apr 15, 2013 at 22:45
i have googled it and i am in the process of sorting the wheat from the chaff, and thanks rosco that was what i had in mind,just thinking about using a keg to do it so i will see how i go and post up any photos when i get it done,cheers Andrew
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Follow Up By: Member - Russler - Tuesday, Apr 16, 2013 at 17:26

Tuesday, Apr 16, 2013 at 17:26
To ensure the newness of the keg, perhaps buy a full one, then contemplate the design over a few frothies.
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Follow Up By: Member - Rosco from way back - Tuesday, Apr 16, 2013 at 17:39

Tuesday, Apr 16, 2013 at 17:39
Good thinking 89.
It just wouldn't do to have a keg with gunk in it.
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Reply By: Dingojim - Tuesday, Apr 16, 2013 at 07:12

Tuesday, Apr 16, 2013 at 07:12
Hi Andrew, pity you are not in FNQ as our ranch goes up for auction in a couple of weeks and one of the items is a donkey with 3 tonne split hardwood. We have been using a donkey for 20 yrs and a couple of years ago we calculated we were saving around $600/yr on electricity. The savings would be considerably more now with the increases in power prices. Takes me 1-1 1/2 days to cut and split enough wood for a year as it only takes a good double handfull of wood to get enough hot water for 6 showers, A stainless beer keg with the top cut out of it, it's about 50 litre, with 20 metres of 12mm copper pipe in a double coil inside the keg. Fill the keg with water, hook up your water in and out, light the fire and 15 minutes later Bob's your aunty.WARNING. As you have no way of regulating temperature very well make sure the kids in particular are closely supervised. It only takes a very short time for the water to get very,very hot. If you want the deluxe model you wrap the keg in fine wire netting and plaster it with reconstituted termite mound around 25-30mm thick and this will keep the water hot for a lot longer. Give us a yell if you want some photos of our setup and I will get my wife to organise it, I can't do it, bloody hopeless at that caper but build good donkeys.
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Follow Up By: andrew t - Tuesday, Apr 16, 2013 at 09:07

Tuesday, Apr 16, 2013 at 09:07
Thanks DingoJim i would love a couple of photos if it is no trouble at all as i am trying to build a couple of gas versions for the sons scout group and a firewood version for myself but i love the idea of the termite mound insulation,maybe we could use some of it in parliment house in canberra to help keep the pollies bs from getting out, cheers Andrew
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Follow Up By: Dingojim - Tuesday, Apr 16, 2013 at 17:55

Tuesday, Apr 16, 2013 at 17:55
hi andrew t, if you send me your email ( to dingo.jim@hotmail.com) I will get the photos to you. I won't even try to post them on here as I know just enough about computers to get in the poo but not enough to get out of it. Cheers.
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Reply By: Rangiephil - Tuesday, Apr 16, 2013 at 19:56

Tuesday, Apr 16, 2013 at 19:56
Best one I have seen was unusual one at Lorella Springs.
Get I old brass/copper car radiator with pipe in and out and immerse in water in copper ( for X and Ygens -a device for boiling clothes and bedlinen ). Light fire underneath.
Bingo.
But you need a pump for that.

Regards Philip A
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