Saturday, January 17, 2004

Gifts for the discerning outdoorsman

Dutch designer Floris Schoonderbeek created a plastic outdoor hot tub that requires no electricity or plumbing and has no moving parts. Fill the 165-lb plastic tub with water, put firewood in the outboard metal fire pit (I'm thinking barbecue), and let natural convection do the job of lifting the hot water up and sucking in colder water from the bottom.

My dream home, which only exists in my head and a few CAD drawings at this point, has a similar setup, with metal coils embedded in the top of a woodstove that heats the water. Yes, I do see the irony of designing my off-the-grid hippie hideaway on a computer, but you use the tools you've got when you have them, right?

Dutch tub