Recipes Smoke Signals Magazine Welocme Merchandise Associations Purchase Subscription Brethren Banners
Go Back   The BBQ BRETHREN FORUMS. > Discussion Area > Competition BBQ


Competition BBQ *On Topic Only* Discussion regarding all aspects of Competition BBQ. Experiences competing or visiting, questions, getting started, Equipment, announcements of events, Results, Reviews, Planning, etc. Questions here will be responded to with competition BBQ in mind.

Thread Tools
Old 04-15-2012, 06:23 PM   #1
is one Smokin' Farker
GreenDrake's Avatar
Join Date: 06-21-10
Location: Hayden, Idaho
Default Question on portable hot water heaters for comps

Hey fellas, I am looking at buying a small hot water heater for the pit and was wondering how they draw in the water if you don't have a dedicated garden hose for them. I am looking at this one http://www.amazon.com/Camp-Chef-Trit...pr_product_top and am wondering if they draw from 5 gallon containers or what. Anyone build their own little setup that can share some ideas on how to rig it up? Thanks in advance.
PNWBA - Hayden, Idaho http://www.facebook.com/BC2BBQ
GreenDrake is offline   Reply With Quote

Old 04-15-2012, 07:55 PM   #2
Smoke'n Ice
is one Smokin' Farker
Join Date: 05-08-09
Location: Plano, TX

you need a pump to supply the water. Surflo are the best. 12 VDC are what are mostly used on RVs but there are 110VAC units out there. Make sure the flow rate and pressure are compatable with your water heater. These are on demand units by the way.
Smoke'n Ice is offline   Reply With Quote

Old 04-15-2012, 11:12 PM   #3
is One Chatty Farker

Gowan's Avatar
Join Date: 08-08-07
Location: Cartersville, GA

We just did a round on this topic here: http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/sh...d.php?t=129415

These "camping shower" tankless heaters are not really designed for setups where you don't have a pressurized water supply. Without a hose, you'd need a pump and battery, plus the additional plumbing and charger to support it all. If it were me and I needed a setup for dry camping (and didn't want to go the turkey fryer route) I'd look at a self-contained unit like the Coleman.

It's built for light duty, but the simplest solution I know of if you must make do with jugged water.
Gowan is offline   Reply With Quote

Old 04-15-2012, 11:34 PM   #4
On the road to being a farker

wyocurt's Avatar
Join Date: 08-21-11
Location: La Quinta Ca

I use a tankless water heater, rv pump, 12 volt battery, 20 gal tank for water. Have 3 compartment sink and hand washing stationw. Water heater uses propane for heat and lights on demand by 2 d batteries. It works great except when the wind is blowing around 30 mph and up. Then it back to the ole turkey fryer. the battery will last through 3or 4 competitions.
[B]Cowboys Smokin' Hot BBQ[/B]
[B]Curt - head Chef[/B]
Stick cooker
FEC 100
wsm 22.5
cbj #63452:-P
wyocurt is offline   Reply With Quote

Old 04-16-2012, 05:59 AM   #5
On the road to being a farker

dosvans's Avatar
Join Date: 04-18-11
Location: Madison, AL

Until I got my trailer I used a Coleman Hot Water Heater, and it always did the job.
Smoke Me Silly BBQ Team
- Champion Smoker
- 4 - 22.5" WSMs
- 18.5" WSM
- Yoder YS640
- 22" Weber Kettle w/Smokenator
dosvans is offline   Reply With Quote

Old 04-16-2012, 06:44 AM   #6
Full Fledged Farker

Join Date: 10-09-10
Location: St. Louis, Missouri

We just bought the Coleman unit. It seemed like a lot of folks here had good success with it and we were able to pick it up on sale at REI for under $200.
[SIZE="2"][/SIZE][FONT="Garamond"][/FONT][FONT="Verdana"][COLOR="DarkRed"][B]REBEL 28
Gateway Drum - Insane CAN Posse[/B][/COLOR][/FONT]
Superfast [B][COLOR="Blue"]BLUE[/COLOR][/B] and [COLOR="DarkOrange"][B]ORANGE[/B][/COLOR] Thermanpens
KCBS & SLBS Member
Code3BBQ is offline   Reply With Quote

Old 04-16-2012, 06:58 AM   #7
is one Smokin' Farker
GreenDrake's Avatar
Join Date: 06-21-10
Location: Hayden, Idaho

I was thinking I may just stick with the turkey fryer and jugs. Who doesn't love jugs, right? Seemed like a cool setup idea but then the Coleman rig I have also seen at comps. I may stick with completing my UDS build and save the hot water deal for next year. This competition stuff is a never ending money pit of fun. Still need an enclosed trailer to start a new roll and go pit so I don't have so much tear down and set up.
PNWBA - Hayden, Idaho http://www.facebook.com/BC2BBQ
GreenDrake is offline   Reply With Quote

Old 04-16-2012, 08:12 AM   #8
Babbling Farker

Stoke&Smoke's Avatar
Join Date: 12-18-07
Location: Western burbs of Chicago, IL

We did the turkey fryer for the first 2 years. It works, but is potentially dangerous when you consider you're moving a 30-50 Qt. container of scalding hot water around.And fairly wasteful of propane as well. Fortunately no mishaps, but the Coleman unit was a better solution! We did get an adapter hose so we could use it with a 20 lb. tank instead of those 5$ per can minis
2 Skinny Cooks Competition Team
KCBS CJ/TC #17139 Member ILBBQS
Too many cookers to list
Stoke&Smoke is offline   Reply With Quote

Old 04-16-2012, 02:07 PM   #9
JD McGee
somebody shut me the fark up.
JD McGee's Avatar
Join Date: 06-28-07
Location: Duvall, WA

Chris...we use the Coleman Hot Water On Demand along with a 15 gallon water container and have been very happy with it. The customer service has been top notch as well...
Wine Country "Q" Competition BBQ Team
PNWBA Team Of The Year 2011, 2012, 2013, & 2014
Sponsored by Big Poppa Smokers, Simply Marvelous BBQ, Kosmo's Q, MAK Grills, BBQr's Delight, Draper Valley Farms, and Grizzly Coolers.
JD McGee is offline   Reply With Quote

Old 04-16-2012, 06:06 PM   #10
Full Fledged Farker
Yleekyoti's Avatar
Join Date: 02-22-10
Location: salisbury md.

I use an electric turkey roaster for a hot sink. Keeps the water scalding hot if necessary..not bothered by the wind. Unplug it when you have to wash dishes if water and elec worry you.
4-UDS. Modified char broil. 22" weber kettle. KCBS / MABA / CBJ / Broke Bob's BBQ
Yleekyoti is offline   Reply With Quote

Old 04-16-2012, 08:02 PM   #11
Full Fledged Farker

didisea's Avatar
Join Date: 11-09-11
Location: Everett, WA

I saw UPINSMOKIN use a long electric immersion element that I think is originally made for a farm application. He told me the manufacturer, but I forgot. But basically its like putting one of those immersion heaters like you would use for your coffee cup, but alot bigger. He had it in a 5 gal jug. Not sure how much electricity it draws.

I found a nice rolling 5 gal igloo jug at Costco the other day for $30 and I got the Camp Chef pot with the spigot on the bottom from Amazon. It will drain directly into the Igloo jug, as a back up to my Coleman which can be tempremental at times.
didisea is offline   Reply With Quote

Old 04-16-2012, 08:43 PM   #12
is One Chatty Farker

CBQ's Avatar
Join Date: 01-11-09
Location: Cumberland, RI

The "normal person route":


The ZBQ way:


>Manufacturing time is approximately 2 - 8 weeks

Just change "weeks" to "months" and you are good to go.
Rhode Hog BBQ
"The Most Dangerous Team in BBQ" - Jon Vallone
CBQ is online now   Reply With Quote


Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Forum Custom Search: Enter your Search text below. GOOGLE will search ONLY the BBQ Brethren Forum. If it doesnt find results at first, hit search a few times more.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:16 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2015, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
2003 -2012 © BBQ-Brethren Inc. All rights reserved. All Content and Flaming Pig Logo are registered and protected under U.S and International Copyright and Trademarks. Content Within this Website Is Property of BBQ Brethren Inc. Reproduction or alteration is strictly prohibited.