I’ve decided that having the gas cut off isn’t the end of the world afterall. A couple of different solutions to this problem if I decide that it really needs to be solved…I’ve been known to walk outdoors for 2 months without a shower. Not to say that I’m willing to do that – I’m not. It’s just a hot shower is not the most necessary thing in the world FOR ME. Anyway, solutions…
1. The short-term immediate solution is to get a 16 oz propane cylinder with a regulator. When I want a shower, heat the whole tank of water by holding or making a make-shift brace to hold and lift the torch under the water tank for 1 hour. One cylinder costs about $2.50, and will last for a couple of hours. It heats a little more water than one technically needs, but it produces a gas flame pretty well. The cylinder could probably sit between 2 bricks without rolling. The regulator is about $20. So, a one time fee of $20, and then $1.25/50 gallon tank of hot water. One has to be careful about this. As I remember the small tanks sold by Home Depot or Lowes are not interchangeble with the camping tanks/regulators sold by Walmart.
I had to teach the guy working at Home Depot how to come up with this solution. It’s a pretty portable solution.
2. The longer term solution is to tee a connector into the gas line just after a valve. Use this connector to connect to a larger butane tank from a grill or something. This solution would get gas to the stove. I guess it would also produce less waste, since one could use larger refillable propane tanks, instead of the small disposable ones.
3. Finally, there are in-line heaters that can be mounted just into the hot water line. Most of them are electric, and since I don’t have electricity, I could not use them, but I might be able to either make or find a gas one. I know they have them in Europe.