Look up the word “civilization” in the dictionary and you are likely to find references to culture, society, language, law and order, etc.. Well, to my simple mind I’d say hot running water meets the test and, by that standard, Sparta now qualifies as a civilized abode. Yesterday I hooked up my Excel, on-demand LPG water heater (ODWH). I could bore you with the details of the decision-making going into this particular purchase, the location/method of installation and the multiple trials encountered along the way – but I won’t. Let’s just say the moment that I turned on the hot water valve in the shower and the 12v Shurflo pump shuddered and shook and the ODWH roared and began to glow red with ignited fuel and the shower head sputtered, spit and finally released a torrent – soon filling the bathroom with steam – was pure bliss. You could call this was my “ahah” moment when it struck me that – with a car battery, pump, 3 twenty-one gallon tanks, an ODWH and propane tank – one could carve out a piece of paradise anywhere. Even in a tin box surround by weeds, fields and detritus. Yeah, the whole Rube Goldberg contraption sounded a bit like Chitty-chitty Bang-bang, but it was music to my ears nonetheless.
Come on in, Cristina. The water’s great!