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How to build a compost-powered outdoor, hot water shower system | Port Lincoln Times



To say I’m pumped for this method of heating water is an understatement – for years the compost-powered shower system had been on my list of awesome things to build.

Originally developed by French man, Jean Pain, the system has been replicated and adapted all over the world, including in our own region.

Basically, a coil of pipe sits inside a compost pile that feeds hot water to a shower. The water inside the pipe is heated by the natural warmth inside the compost. We got our shower water up to around 60 degrees Celsius.

We made our first compost powered shower system for a two-week permaculture design course that we hosted at our community garden a few years ago.

While we live in a fairly moderate to cool temperate climate, others with…

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