The Ultralight Sauna

Fancy a sauna in the back country? I thought I had pretty much sorted out Bathtime on the Trail with that post as well as  The APC and the Sponge Bath and Keeping Clean on the Trail & etc, but the ingenious Tim Tinker has now come along with a modification of my Hiking Desalinater which enables a half-hour sauna even in the snow!

Instead of simply utilising a can lid and some cheap plumbing fittings (as I did) to create the desalinater Tim has made one out of ultralight silnylon. Not only is this lighter (and works) it also allows for the through-put of a greater quantity of steam – enough to supply a small (also silnylon presumably) sauna in which you can thoroughly warm and clean yourself even in the depths of winter.

DIY Steam Generator

Because he is a professional scientist Tim is able to supply all the (correct) calculations to prove that it works – scientifically. He has taken siliconisation to yet greater heights than I thought possible after his remarkable DIY Universal Stove Jack. Of course he is utilising a DIY Tent Stove to power it. It is a remarkable addition to the concept of Ultralight Personal Hygiene.

It is a truly remarkable achievement. Read all about it here: Backpacking Steam Generator

Several important points: I was gobsmacked by the enormous increase in heat output of such a Ingenious DIY Blower Stoves and by such a simple DIY Fire Blower. We are talking about tripling the heat output from roughly  kilowatt to around 3 kilowatts! That’s an impressive amount of heat from half a kg or so of twigs per hour!

The other thing which is worthy of mention is his impressive materials technology experimentation with siliconised fabrics. I mentioned before his use of silicone in the stove jack, but the creation of a silnylon pot lid and a silnylon tube is  a further giant step for mankind!

See Also:

Bathtime on the Trail

The APC and the Sponge Bath

Keeping Clean on the Trail

Hiking Desalinater

Ultralight Personal Hygiene

DIY Tent Stove

DIY Universal Stove Jack

Tim Tinker

Ingenious DIY Blower Stoves

DIY Fire Blower



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