Thursday, June 6, 2013

DIY - Outdoor Shower

This outdoor shower is one of the ways you can conserve energy. The sun heats the water in the black-painted tank on top for a shower each day. After showering,  refill the tank with the garden hose and the sun heats the water for the next day’s shower.

 Spend about $140 on the project. This tank is an old water heater that is stripped down and painted flat black. There is an overflow vent on top to let you know when it is full, and also to prevent airlock. Also, is added a shut-off valve just before the shower head.

The base is a recycled shower base. The walls and door are two pieces of privacy fencing that is cut down to fit. The floor is made from treated lumber.

Caution: Be sure to build the platform for the water tank stout enough to hold the tank full of water. A full 50-gallon tank weighs about 400 pounds. Check the water before getting in to be sure it’s not too hot


  1. I found your blog while pinning outdoor showers on Pinterest. We are practically neighbors. We live due south of West plains. Hope you'll post more in Ozarks happenings as we are new here.

  2. Is there a way to let this be fully sustainable by collecting rain water and somehow purifying it?