What do you do with dishwater?

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  1. TDS-MN

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    We have been making similar using the cardboard/paper egg cartons. sawdust, and whatever scraps of candle we have left over after burning. I've read of people having good luck using dryer lint as a substitute for the sawdust be we have not saved up a quantity of that to experiment with. Have seen and used the store bought fire starters before, but the home-made versions have been equally effective for us so far.

    And have yet to have any issue with wet ground in the fire pit, after extinguishing with a pan of water. Dry wood the next morning will light up just fine.
     
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    When backcountry backpacking, I use cotton balls presoaked with heated up petroleum jelly for a fire starter.
     
  3. dbhost

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    Good question. A LOT of the sites I have camped at have a drain just at the water post, but outside of Texas that is kind of rare.

    Now assuming you don't have a gray tank, and are using the onboard sink, route your drain via a piece of hose to a water carrier. IF possible to fit it and keep the gravity working for you, use the 7 gallon aqua tainer as they have been the eastiest, at least for me, to move...

    Once full, or to the point you want to empty it, take to a dump station, or anywhere with a gray drain like a bathroom sink, and empty it out.
     
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    In California lots of private campgrounds do have sewer, so do some county campgrounds.
     
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    I live in AZ and grey water is kind of an interesting subject. There is a pun here but I'll skip over for the sake of humility. Basically you can dump soapy water in national parks without issue but any water with food particles is considered hazardous and cannot be dumped. State parks have their own rules so you'll need to check to see how they treat it.

    In AZ state parks I've gone to, they provide a basin for you to bring your own dishes to wash there (located near restrooms/showers). Most people with PUPs use the 6 gallon blue reliance tubs. Cheap, easy, portable and you simply bring to the area and dump right in the sink.

    When boon-docking in national parks/forests we make sure to wipe down all dishes and silverware before washing so we can drain our "soapy" water. Not only that, but you'll only get food stuck in your PUP trailer trap one time before you lose your mind and say never again. Talk about a pain to clean out...

    Dumping water while camping is one of the most heated subjects with opinions on either side. Before I do anything I always think about what the next guy would think if they saw me or camped at my spot after I left. If I have to think about it too much it's probably not the best idea.
     
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    It's been a long time since I have camped in Arizona, but I recall the setup you detail in use there. There were camps / parks set up the way I explained with a gray drain right at the post that you were supposed to use...

    Not to pick nits, and I may be wrong on what you are saying, the Reliance Aquatainer (the cube looking one, not the Jerry Can looking one) comes in either a 4 gallon model,
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    or a 7 gallon model

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    These are the ones I use for extra freshwater.

    For gray water, I use the collapsible ones. None of them are of exceptional quality, but they do the job well enough, and can be recycled once they start to leak and get replaced.

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    I started doing this when I was group camping and the dishwashing went beyond one pot and a mug. I had (still have) one of those behemoth Cabelas Camping Kitchen. It has a built in sink with a drain, a simple plastic hose connects that drain to the input of these carriers, voila gray tank!
     
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    3 ways to clean off the dishes before washing them:
    1. use napkins to wipe off tiny bit of food
    2. Lick off the plates yourself.
    3. Let your dog lick plates clean.
     
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    #3 is a standard whether home or camping
     
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    Off grid shower with biodegradable soap right onto ground. Sink waste 150 feet from campsite, trail, and water source. State parks collect and do all of the above into tank and dump at dump stations. State parks in PA have restaraunt grade stainless steel sinks outside of comfort stations or inside the only comfort station open year round.
     
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    If there’s a designated grey water disposal place we use that. If not, and there are pit toilets we use those for dishwater. If not, and we will be building a fire soon, we use the fire pit. Last resort is to strain food particles out and dump somewhere in the bush where it will drain/dry quickly.
     
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    I'm in Australia, anywhere that doesn't supply a drain for our greywater hose it's just been acceptable to direct the hose towards the nearest bush or tree. I think there may be different requirements in places like national parks though - we haven't been anywhere like that yet. It would be mentioned in the booking conditions so that you can be prepared. But we've had a lot of drought here so it does kind of help keep the plants and grass growing.
     

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