Just wondering if anyone's every done anything like this using a steam
generator. I don't know how practical it is to try and turn an entire
bathroom into a steam room, but I live in an apartment and I have no
room for any kind of steam shower. Am I dreaming?
You might use the existing shower. I made a steam generator to bend wood
from a $20 1500 watt coffee urn, bypassing the thermostat and adding a tube
to the top, with some gravel to make boiling less explositve. Autofill
would be nice, eg a toilet or stock tank float valve on a cold water bucket
that connects with a tube to the urn spigot.
Keeping a shower enclosure 120 F with a thermostat controlling the steam
generator in a 70 F room with 1500x3.41 = 5.1K Btu/h makes the enclosure
conductance 102 Btu/h-F max. If it's 2'x6'x8', its 152 ft^2 of surface
needs an R152/102 = R1.5 R-value, not much. I'd go higher, eg R15, like
2" of foil-faced polyiso foamboard with fiberglass facing, to lower the
average power to 150 watts, boiling about 1/2 pound of water per hour.
On Aug 27, 7:45 am, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
And what do you think the effects of pumping all the steam into the
bathroom will be on the bathroom walls, ceiling, etc, which were not
designed to handle it? How long before you have paint, wallboard,
damage and eventually even damage to the structure from all that
moisture? Even if you try to limit it to the shower, most shower
enclosures are open at the top.
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