Hey Silver City 4
Truck6alpha mentioned I should forward this to you, it's from another thread.
A few years ago a big group (47)emergency personnel decided to go camping together on a lake, where there was nothing but an out-house way up on the hill. This event was known as 'drunk fest'. We built a kitchen, his/her hot water showers, sleeping quarters for the highest ranking man there (and his family)(everyone else slept in tents), and a hot tub. We subsequently took them down when we left.
One of the guys came up with this great idea for the hot tub. The sides and bottom are actaully made out of plywood and they are hinged, so the whole thing folds up. There are bath pillows put on the bottom and sides for seats, and then a pool liner to hold the water. To heat the water we used part of an old house radiator and hooked up hose to either end. One end went into the lake, the radiator went into the fire and the other end of the hose into the hot tub, and it had a gated "Y" to control the water flow. Voila instant hot tub. It was great. Every year there is a bunch of us that go camping or houseboating together, ever year we bring the hot tub.
We used the same hose and rad set up for the showers to, except the showers had 12 Gallon insulated containers we would fill, and you just pulled the cord when you wanted a shower.
The first time we did this, we were on a small island, the locals kept coming over and taking pictures because they couldn't believe what we had done. The wildlife guy (don't know what his actual title is) couldn't believe it when we were leaving. He came and inspected the site where we were twice, once when we had everything up and once when we were leaving. He said if he hadn't seen it with his own eyes he never would have believed anyone had been there.
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06-13-2002, 04:10 PM #21
06-13-2002, 04:47 PM #22
- Join Date
- Jul 2001
- Silver City, Oklahoma USA
I'm having trouble finding the words...
Think I'll file this away just in case I need it. Has possibilities...Bryan Beall
Silver City, Oklahoma USA
06-13-2002, 05:28 PM #23
Hehehe... It does at that. I thought they were nuts the first time I was told we had a hot tub. It works great, seats 6 comfortably.
06-13-2002, 05:47 PM #24
Temptaker, for your next trip
pile river stones (the rounder the better) in amongst wood and set alight, use at least ten.
Stand away back ( at least 500 ft) due to some stones exploding, caused by airbubles inside.
Dig a 2' square by 1' deep hole and erect low tent over the top. cover the tent with fern/greenery etc.
let the fire burn down until only embers remain.
When ready, carry the hot stones using sticks and place in the hole, sit around and gently pour water over stones for a most enjoyable, sauna.
Remember to put out the fire.
06-13-2002, 07:09 PM #25
Sounds interesting, but I think it might be used in one of those 'funniest video shows'. Hmm... drunk people attempting to move REALLY hot stones with sticks.
The first year we did our camping trip we ended up with a paramedic stepping into the fire pit, in the morning on his way to make coffee. Thankfully there were two of us, me being one, that were neither drunk or asleep, that threw him into the lake to cool off the burn. After that we erected a 'fence' made out of stones around the fire pit, so no one would do it again.
06-13-2002, 07:26 PM #26
Thanks for that story! I have a friend that used to be a conservation agent. He always said he could tell a group of fire fighters long before he entered the camp. He said they always had they best set up from everyone around. Aside from the tell tale P.W. near the fire, he mentioned generators, full sized refrigerators, (usually holding the keg...the food was stored in coolers), and so on!
06-14-2002, 08:39 AM #27
- Join Date
- Dec 1998
- Pea Ridge, Arkansas
Hey Silver, after you setup your pool, get the kids cooling off in it. Then have your wife read these posts for comedy value... and to let her know that we really do want your kids to have as much fun this summer as we do ours.... matter of fact, you buy the beer and we'll probably show up to help get it setup.
Last edited by FSRIZZIO; 06-14-2002 at 08:43 AM.Chief Frank Rizzio
Pea Ridge Fire Dept.
Pea Ridge AR. 72751
06-14-2002, 07:33 PM #28
How many firefighters does it take to make a pool?
This thread really needs to be saved in perpetuity for future generations of crust-wannbes. I have to say that I have heard some of the scariest engineering feats here on this thread. Like I've always heard it said, if you locked a firefighter in a room with two ball bearings, he'd break one and lose the other.
It may require a rocket scientist to build a better mouse trap, but leave it to us to re-invent a hole filled with water.Michael "Mick" Mayers
Acting Director, Urban Search and Rescue
South Carolina Emergency Response Task Force
06-14-2002, 08:00 PM #29
- Join Date
- Jan 1999
If gave two firefighters an anvil, they'd spend all day trying to read the instructions, then put it back broken, without telling the next shift!
06-15-2002, 01:18 AM #30
Of course, the damn thing had no moving parts when they started.
06-15-2002, 03:23 PM #31
It's gets better... when we have the hot tub on the house boat, we have the coil sitting on a propane burner to heat the water.
Who was it that said "firefighters are a jack of all trades".
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