The "Donkey" Hot Water Boiler
We obtained an old outside bath
that has been recycled from a lawn sale (Garage Sale)( But we
really lack alot of garages in the NT)
As the dry season got into full swing the water
got much colder and a bath in the cool air wasn't all that
So the Laundry hot water tap was converted to a hose connection
and the bath was filled up out of home gas hot water system
running about 30 metres out to the bath.
There are many campsites throughout the Top End
that we have been to that have a "donkey" set up, to provide hot
water to the shower block. Many cattle stations have them set up
in stock camps today.
I recall my grandparents having a hot water
heater in the bathroom that you needed to light up everytime you
had a shower & could not turn off the water while it was going
in case of pressure build up & explosion. So you could not go 3
minutes without someone calling out to you reminding you to keep
the water running. A lot of things have changed.
So my curiosity got the better of me & I wanted
to make something simple to warm the water for my bush bath.
I searched the internet for the secret to the
"donkey". Well there had to be a secret as there are not many of
these things throughout the world as Solar & Gas & electricity
has taken place as the means to heat the water of our daily