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Making a micro water distiller

Discussion in 'General Survival and Preparedness' started by chelloveck, Dec 30, 2014.

  1. chelloveck

    chelloveck Diabolus Causidicus

    This is a clever design...you probably only need to watch the first five minutes of the video clip. The remainder of the clip explains the effectiveness of the system, finishing up with some hints and tips for best performance.

    You may possibly make a solar distiller by painting the dirty water container with stove black and containing the dirty water reservoir inside an improvised pet bottle container....though the production of distillate would most probably be much slower.
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  2. Mindgrinder

    Mindgrinder Karma Pirate Ninja Jedi Bipolar WINNING M.L.F.

    PERFECT addition to a biolite.
    They should actually have this sorta thing as an accessory, especially for the base camp stove they're marketing to Africa.
  3. Dunerunner

    Dunerunner Monkey

    Saw one on youtube that used a soda can filled with water and a 2 liter plastic water bottle to make a solar "rube" distiller.

    Found it...

    Last edited: Dec 30, 2014
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  4. chelloveck

    chelloveck Diabolus Causidicus

    Nice videoclip...PET bottles and soda cans are common enough detritus even in the most isolated of places. A good way of converting Guinness stout into urine, and then the urine into drinking water....makes for an entertaining BBQ trick.
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  5. DarkLight

    DarkLight I self identify as a Blackhawk Attack Helicopter! Site Supporter

    @chelloveck , I love you like a brother but please, remind me to NEVER come over for a BBQ at your place. ;)
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  6. UncleMorgan

    UncleMorgan I eat vegetables. My friends are not vegetables.

    Any purely solar water distiller needs a fairly large "footprint" to soak up enough heat to evaporate a reasonable amount of water per day. The WaterCone is almost a meter in diameter and makes1.5 liters/day, at the absolute most.
    A 4" X 12" water bottle might get as much as 1/3 sq ft of sunlight, or 0.031 sq, meters. So the max output would only be about 0.046 liters per day. That's 1.55 oz/day. Survival-wise, solar distillation just won't cut it with a bottle that small. But with a fire, 1 cup of water in 40 minutes will definitely keep you alive.
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  7. chelloveck

    chelloveck Diabolus Causidicus

    You are undoubtedly right...however, it may be a matter of doing the best with what you have.
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  8. kellory

    kellory An unemployed Jester, is nobody's fool. Banned

    they are lightweight and stackable. and if affordable enough , you could have a hundred of them working at the same time.
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  9. -06

    -06 Monkey+++

    There is a commercially available "emergency distiller" that doubles as cookware. Uses two pots and works well. Then there is the old Boy Scout plastic sheathing, stone, and straw method.
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  10. nkawtg

    nkawtg Monkey

    I like that still design chelloveck. So many home made distillers let in contaminants in to the final product.
    This one is simple and compact.
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  11. Ganado

    Ganado Monkey+++

    I see that water cone video posted in alot of places.... But I've never seen a site that actually sells one. Any of you ever find a link?

    I like cell's better as it's portable... Still not sure how you get the condensation in the coil on a hot day. Does a cool rag alone really work?

    I wonder if it could be adapted for essential oil distillation?
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  12. chelloveck

    chelloveck Diabolus Causidicus

    Thank you nkawtg. Although the still will produce water clear of most contaminants...it may not prevent some contaminants, particularly synthetic chemicals from being condensed with the water. I am not so sure on its ability to remove radiation contaminated water in the event of fallout. Filtering the water to be distilled would be highly desirable.

    (1) the wet rag alone will create a temperature differential between the condenser coil and the steam travelling through it to help form condensed water droplets, it will work more efficiently if the condenser coil rag is positioned in a breeze and out of the sunshine so that evaporation and thermal radiation will help cool the condenser coil. Eventually the heat being lost from the condenser coil will heat the rag and the efficiency of the cooling system will be lost...but all one needs to do is re-wet the rag with cooler water. It may be feasible to modify the condenser coil by improving a water jacket similar in principle to the cooling system of the British Vickers medium machinegun.


    (2) There is no reason why the system couldn't be adapted to use in distilling essential oils. You'll just have to separate the the water from the oil in the distillate. having said that...it's probably best to keep your distillation systems separate, for the different end products (drinking water vs essential oils). I doubt that sipping water that has been through a coil that has produced a batch or three of lavender oil would be a great taste sensation. :eek:
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  13. Ganado

    Ganado Monkey+++

    Ofc keep them Seperate silly! I just like the compactness of your design but stuffing all the leaves in that small hole could be problematic... Then you have to get them out again =)
    *hands chell some lavender water*
    Last edited: Apr 30, 2015
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  14. chelloveck

    chelloveck Diabolus Causidicus

    Chop the leaves in a blender with a little water, place in a muslin, or better still, calico bag, and poke through the bottle's neck and then, once distillation is complete, pull the bag out ...sew the bag long and narrow (like a sausage) with a drawstring with a ringpull....use a hook to pull the drawstring and bag out of the bottle so you don't scald yourself. Too simple.
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  15. Ganado

    Ganado Monkey+++

    I don't know if you have a devious mind or a practical one =)

    But I like it =)
    Off to buy vodka bottles
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  16. chelloveck

    chelloveck Diabolus Causidicus

    I'm not sure about either...I do like to solve problems though.
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  17. UncleMorgan

    UncleMorgan I eat vegetables. My friends are not vegetables.

    I quite agree. Small output X multiple units = enough water. And if the small units are cheap or free, all the better!

    I've seen WaterCones "priced" at $69,95 each, but no place that actually sells them. Not even the WaterCone home page. Odd.
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  18. Hanzo

    Hanzo Monkey+++

    How long to get that mouthful of water?
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  19. Dunerunner

    Dunerunner Monkey

    My guess is that you build more than one...
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  20. Hanzo

    Hanzo Monkey+++

    That is my guess too. As many as you possibly can. But the shot glass of water from two of them... my guess is that was pretty much an all day result. That will only be a moral victory in getting your mouth wet and will NOT sustain you. Would probably need 50 to give you one liter. Maybe. I am just guessing from watching the video.
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