Ready for a duch oven or BBQ outdoor cook competition yet miles from running water? Our scout troop uses this Hand Washing Station to clean up before, and during meal food prep.
Even if you are just grilling on the back deck, use this set-up grill-side to keep from from running into the house for a quick rinse every time sauce is slopped. And if its a party...just watch guests try to open a screen door with sticky BBQ covered hands. This pump is made to be operated with a foot...can't say the same for a sliding screen door!
This is ideal for an outdoor group washing-up before meals. Especially when cooking at camp, it would be nice for the cooks to easily clean-up while preparing food with a more traditional sink with running water to promote:
Safe Food Handling Practices
- No Faucet Handle to turn ON and OFF with Dirty Hands.
- Its easy (and fun) to use...so it gets used! (apparently its cool to squirt water with a foot pump)
- There's room for a soap dispenser right there on the table (up off the ground).
It also helps with:
- The on-demand pump system uses a lot less water (compared to letting gravity spill it from a water jug spigot.
How it works:
A foot pump transfers clean water from the lower bucket up and out the spout for hand washing. The wash water is collected a basin and drained and stored in a gray water bucket receptacle.
When all the fresh water has been transfered to the in the gray water bucket, the gray water is emptied into the fire ring to douse the campfire
The video shows the set-up, convenient "all-in-the-bucket" storage, and the Hand Washing Station in action.
Step 1: Conserve Water vs. the Traditional camp hand washing technique
1. Raw chicken is removed from its package and karate chop hacked into cubes (ok...chunks) with several finger-slicing near-misses with the knife.
2. The hacked raw chicken pieces are grabbed, and with the precisionons of an NBA three point shot, are individually tossed into the dutch oven....swoosh...nothing but cast iron...(most of the time).
3. With a sense of winning the game at the buzzer, hands are about to be ceremoniously wiped on the pants.
Wait...there's a whistle on the play...Leadership refereering intervenes... a technical foul is called. The penalized scout is directed to go properly wash his hands.
Properly washing entailed a trip to the 5 gallon spigotted blue jug propped on the end of the picnic table.
4. These same chickened hands open the spogot to start the WATER FLOWING....
5. The hands are wetted
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6. Soap is applied
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"ewugh"...pause to examine and scrape a rogue piece of chicken stuck to a finger
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Wash some more...wants to be thorough...because that's just how scouts are...
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and some more (because it takes a while to rinse away the suds of six pumps of soap)
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9. Shake hands to fling water drops and for a quick air dry
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10. Turn CHICKEN COVERED spigot OFF...with a once clean hand.
Lets critique the process:
Hands cleaned ...Check
Hands re-contaminated from the spigot...Check
Boots submerged (in a newly created mud puddle under the water jug)...Check
Pant legs soaked (from spigot water splashing into same puddle)....Check
Water jug successfully relieved of a gallon or more of water....Check
(Which means after the next 4 washes, the "discussion" about whose turn it is to fetch more water will start. Which will be followed by a unanimus scout group decision that their hands are not really that dirty after all)
...and then...hand washing in general...is over...Check
While this new wash station can't make campers wash their hands, it can make it easier, and prevent a soaking; all while conserving water.
Pumping water, even with a foot pump, requires effort so you know water use will be kept to a bare minimum...letting gravity spill it on the ground is easy... and fast!
The same 5 gallons now lasts all day even with everyone washing their hands for meals.