Let’s talk about the sheer joy of showering outdoors. This week we reached a monumental step at our 5 acre homestead…we set up our bathroom suite. Being that we are living out of our pop up tent trailer and a 114sqft tiny cabin, we were in sore need of a bathroom. We decided on an EccoTemp propane instant hot water heater. It works perfectly and all four of us have fallen in love with our outdoor shower. Truly there is nothing like it. Last night I had my first hot water shower under a star filled sky. We had just finished mixing the last bag of concrete by the light of a headlamp at 10:30pm for our daughter’s tiny cabin we are building for her. I was covered in dust, dirt, and sweat. Taking a shower in the warm summer night was a treat I will not soon forget.
For the toilet, we went with a Sunmar. We were drawn to it because in theory it composts waste within its drum. The model we purchased does not require any electricity. It is way too early to make a determination on whether it works or not. We have heard from a few Sunmar owners that the system requires strict adherence to a farily elaborate list of to-dos. But we are committed to making it work and to give the compost in the drum what it needs.
If you have any experience with outdoor showers or toilets, favorite outdoor showering experiences, we’d love to hear your stories!
Gabriella has had a fascination and interest in housing and how we occupy space for most of her life. A global traveler, she has lived in all types of housing from an oceanside mansion in Rio De Janeiro, to an 80 sqft historic log cabin with no running water, plumbing and electricity in the Colorado mountains. Gabriella is happiest and most at peace when living in a tiny space in close contact with her family and nature.