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Great place, still in the city but near some woods, quiet, peaceful, close to perfect. As they say, "There always that one thing..." that keeps something from being that much closer to perfect. To quote another well-used adage, quite appropriately I say: "Don't drink the water." Pleasant and as beautiful as my new home is, the water stinks - literally. WHY A DISTILLER? I called upon one of my grade school science experiments. I learned that by boiling water in perfect conditions, all chemicals, bugs, solids and other nasties were left behind (SEE PICTURE 5) as the water turned to steam gas. By condensing the steam, you will get virtually the cleanest water on the planet: distilled water. COAL WASTE - AMONG OTHER POLLUTION With the Midwest ranking among the heaviest water-borne polluters in the western hemisphere (primarily from coal waste), this comes as no surprise. The water coming from my faucet smells like rotten fish. After several weeks the smell had infested most of my dishes, and it completely ruined the new charcoal-based water filter I had bought for my home - a ZeroWater system from Zero Technologies -which AC writer LadyLioness recommends as Healthy Living Tip #1. DISTILLER DESIGN
Here are the results: Before Distillation: 221 After Distillation: 12 !!!!!!! My home-made water distiller reduced the solid contaminants content of my tap water by 95%! COST? Assuming you already have a small electric fan for the office or desk and a mixing bowl for general cooking. * The steam. would travel through a tube to a small radiator over which a small electric fan was blowing.really nasty stuff. poison. washers. The water left in the dish would be pure distilled water. nut and Teflon tape .) residing in your drinking water. bugs. HOW WELL DID MY DISTILLER WORK? After assembling and using my distiller.After giving it some thought. which would then drain out of the radiator into a dish.brass fitting. I had designed a steam distiller in my head.pressure cooker $5 . During the heating process any chemicals in the water that would readily turn to a gas (such as chlorine) and vent off through the radiator exit pipe. Then I tested the water coming out of my brand spankin' new faucet filter. here is my estimate of parts: $20 . Here's how I thought it would work. * I would use my old pressure cooker to boil water into steam. Or so I hoped. My tester indicated my tap water almost qualified as "hard water" . * The fan would cool the radiator off and the steam inside would condense into pure water. I tested the water coming out of my kitchen tap. I pulled out my electronic water tester (SEE PICTURE 3) which indicates in the parts-per-million (PPM) the amount of solid contents (crap. Turned out I was right. etc. liberated of its nasty chemicals.
I didn't want to keep buying into the continuous vicious consumer cycle. And.10 feet of tubing $70 . versus the 5 or so hours that the other guys do. After processing. Some of the assembly materials you may already have in your garage or kitchen. * CON? ..TOTAL This is a far cry from the $200 to $2000 dollars you would otherwise spend on a retailer. PRO & CONS? * PRO: A home water distiller costs little to manufacture. GATHER THE PARTS . This depends on whether one would be using gas or electricity to provide heat. * PRO: A home water distiller like mine requires no filters.small transmission oil radiator $102 . you will have pride in a creation made from your own hands. I measured almost exactly 4 liters again.Not sure how much expensive this home water distiller is to operate. I measured 4 liters of water I started with on my distiller.$7 . Perhaps I lost perhaps only 1-2% of the original volume. requires little maintenance. * CON: A home-made water distiller requires continuous attendance for safety reasons. EFFICIENT WATER RECAPTURE? YES! I don't know how much water gets recaptured by a commercial water distiller. when you get done making your distiller. but this would drive up costs. * CON: A home water distiller takes up a larger space in my kitchen than a conventionally bought water distiller. Many of the other guys' machines still force you to buy charcoal filters. It distiller chugs through about a gallon of water in about 1 hour.. This on-going expense was part of the original "turn-off" to me. I suppose I could design a mechanism that detects when the water in the pressure cooker is gone. * PRO: A home water distiller like mine takes much less time to process water than a small electric distiller.
NOTE: The kind of tube I used was a high-pressure / high-heat braided plastic tubing like the kind used in soda machine dispensers.I gathered my tools and parts about me. This little finned beauty of a radiator (SEE the black thing in PICTURES 1 and 2) is perfectly sized for re-condensing steam heated by my electric stove-top burner. it will most likely have some oil inside. This kind of hose may burst or melt under pressure. * 1/4" jag end brass fitting * Two matching washers and a nut that match the fitting's threads * A large dish or water tray * TOOLS: Wrenches and/or channel-lock pliers. such as the disposable kind used to pump transmission oil into transmission cases OR a small electric water fountain pump. NOTE: I bought an automotive add-on radiator made by Hayden. Don't use a used one . . and may lend a bad smell to your first few batches of purified water. and have been known to "sweat" thus producing toxic chemicals which may contaminate your water. What I gathered were: * A roll of Teflon tape * An old pressure cooker with a good rubber washer * 1/4" clear plastic high-heat tubing (preferably food grade).takes too long to clean out all the nasty oil and other contaminants. and some drill bits (I used a stepped drill bit for fast large-hole drilling). * A brand-new automotive transmission oil cooler (). PREP WORK Because your transmission oil radiator was made in an industrial kind of place. * OPTIONAL BUT HELPFUL: Small hand pump. Also. be sure to buy a new radiator from the store. and an electric drill. This oil tastes pretty badly. Inc. Perhaps even a small car water radiator. and began to putting the components of my stove-top home water distiller together. CAUTION: DO NOT use rubber hose. This was a RapidCool Model #679. If you cook with gas. My Hayden radiator did. you'll probably want to go with a larger radiator.
Washing is best done using the small hand pump or electric pump mentioned above. There is a chance some soap may left behind. Basically you are flushing soapy water through your radiator to dissolve any trace oil left over from manufacturing. * When finished. NOTE: If you don't have an electric pump. If done correctly all or most trace oils should be removed. swap out the tubes from each outlet pipe and run a fresh batch of soapy water the other way through the radiator for another hour. To do this: * Affix a length of the plastic tube to the radiator inlet pipe. Steps for assembly: * Block off the steam release valve in the steam cooker. * Then. but this is better than industrial oil. The time spent doing this will be worth it. The soapy taste and smell will soon be gone after your home water distiller has been through its first few cycles. * Immerse the pump into a large mixing bowl or tub filled with clean warm soapy water.To reduce this oil content. I used a splinter of wood.perhaps for an hour. I got busy putting everything together. then the hand pump I mentioned in the parts list above will do. Run it through manytimes . ASSEMBLE THE WATER DISTILLER Having prepped and gathered everything. . If you don't have a hand pump. I suggest you first wash out the oil radiator before using it for water distillation. * Affix another length of tubing to the outlet end of the radiator and route it back into the mixing bowl or tub. * Turn on the pump and let it run for an hour or so. NOTE: If your steam cooker has an over-heat safety plug (usually a rivet-sized plug made of a light metal suspended in a hi-heat rubber grommet located in the cooker cap). flush out with regular tap water. * At the other end of the tube plug in the small water pump mentioned above. then run the soapy water through the radiator by attaching a funnel to the inlet end of the tube and running it that way. * Disconnect everything and rinse out with tap water.
The hole you drill must be barely big enough for the brass fitting threads to fit through. NOTE: If done right. * Drill a hole in the top center of the steam cooker (using a stepped drill bit can make this step go quickly). This puppy usually pops up when steam pressure develops. NOTE: Make sure you wrap a wad of the tape around the thread at least 1/16" thick (or thicker) around the brass fitting threads. * Place another washer onto the brass fitting threads. * Suspend you radiator in a conveniently elevated position above your workspace (such as a kitchen countertop). The threads should be protruding beyond the hole with enough thread-length for you to apply the other washer and the nut. * Holding the brass fitting firmly in place with your hand.leave this in. If your steam cooker over-pressurizes for any reason. turn the cooker lid over and place it onto a large flat surface so that the threads of the brass fitting stays firmly in place within the hole you drilled. * Position a small electric fan directly in front of the radiator grill. Make sure the jag end is facing outward (upward) from the top of the pressure cooker lid. * Insert the fitting and washer from the outside end of the cooker cover through the hole you just drilled. this fan must blow air continuously and directly through the radiator grill. * Insert a washer over the threads of the brass fitting. the inside of the * Apply a long length of Teflon tape to the threads exposed on the inside of the cooker cover. . Make sure that the radiator is oriented so that the radiator inlet pipe is above the outlet pipe. Result is shown on PICTURE 3. and it seals off the cooker from pressure loss. * Place the nut onto the threads and tighten it down first by hand. the Teflon tape will squash around into the edges of the hole you drilled. and then by wrench or pliers. NOTE: See in PICTURE 2 how I used zip ties to suspend my radiator over my kitchen counter. When turned on. thus creating a seal so no steam will escape. it is designed to pop out completely to relieve pressure from within. This will provide a seal so steam will not escape from around the fitting.
This condensed water will then exit the bottom of the grill through the outlet pipe. condense as it travels downward through the grill. * Connect a short length of plastic tubing to the bottom (exit) pipe of the radiator. * Route this exit tubing to a large collector tray or mixing bowl which will be used to catch the freshly distilled water. * Cut the other end of this tube leaving sufficient length to reach from the cooker jag to the top radiator inlet pipe. get ready to fire up! . secure this connection with a hose clamp. If in doubt. then secure it with a hose clamp. CAUTION: Whoa. If necessary. Preferably there should be no difficulty getting the tube onto the barbed jag. Otherwise. or Mamma's gonna spank you! OK. NOTE: The basic idea is to have the steam enter into the top of the grill. check with the pressure cooker's instructions. say. Bucko! DO NOT turn on the gas or electric heat yet! * Attach one end of the plastic tube to the brass jag protruding from the top of the cooker. Routing the pipe to the bottom of the radiator grill may cause a hazardous situation during operation. If necessary. and little to moderate trouble removing it. it may soften and sag. CAUTION: Make sure the steam inlet tube connects to the TOP inlet pipe of the radiator. USING THE DISTILLER CAUTION: Be sure to read and understand these directions before firing up. When steam starts chugging through the tube. or tug at your pressure cooker. * Place the cooker onto the stove burner you are going to be regularly using for the distillation process. which may move your radiator into a bad position. you may wish to consider using hooks or other means of suspension to secure the tube. secure the cooker lid onto the cooker. the radiator will not function correctly. secure this connection with a hose clamp. and have it be fully condensed as it hits the bottom of the grill.* Making sure the rubber seal is properly in place. NOTE: if there is going to be a distance of. * Connect the end you just cut to the radiator top inlet pipe. three feet or more between the cooker and the radiator. If the connection seems loose.
The next step is important. * Wash the pressure cooker pan and lid thoroughly. A healthy amount of steam. * Fill your pressure cooker pan with hot water from the tap until it's about 1" inch from the bottom (almost empty). * Fire up your gas or electric stove. * Making sure the rubber seal is properly in place. Make a mental note of how much steam is now exiting. * Remove the lid and proceed to fill up the cooker.. * Connect the plastic tube to the top jag of the brass fitting. Note and remember how it feels with this little bit of water swishing around. You will know this when steam starts coming out the hole in the brass fitting at the top of the cooker. NOTE: The reason for starting with hot water is because your hot water heater has done some of your work for you: it killed off some bugs in advance . remove the rag and start up the heat again.* Disconnect the plastic tube from the top jag fitting of the pressure cooker. When in doubt. It involves checking to see that everything is working okay. * Place the lid onto the cooker. After everything settles down. Some cookers have a "fill line". Do not exceed this line. Wring it out. * Wait until the water within the cooker starts boiling. Leave 1-1/2 to 2" from the top of the pan. throw the wet dishrag / towel over the hole in the cooker and turn off the heat.. * Turn down the heat until you see some steam. resecure the lid to the cooker.. Next. then proceed. Lift up the pan with the lid attached and make a mental note of how heavy the pan is now with this little bit of water and the top in place. but this time at a much lower setting. but not as much as when you had the heat turned up all the way. . * Put the cooker onto the heat.if there are any in your water. Keep it handy. * Get a small thick dishrag or hand towel and wet it down with cold water. check with the pressure cooker's instructions. If water does spatter. If all goes well from here. CAUTION: Keep yourself and others at a safe distance in case any hot water spatters through the brass fitting..
Within a minute or less you should see steam freely exiting from the bottom outlet tube attached to radiator outlet pipe. Allow the system to cool. This is normal... then. If you see this much steam exiting from the outlet pipe. then there is a blockage of some kind. * Disconnect the plastic tube from the top of the cooker. the tubing and radiator are very hot! * Turn the fan on to high setting. disconnect all tubes. If all is going well at this point.. check for and clear any blockages. This is normal. checking the weight of the pressure cooker by feel. Reassemble the system and start over. Now. * Make sure the electric fan is positioned so that it will blow directly through the radiator's fins.. Usually you will see steam condensing inside the tubes. CAUTION: If there is no steam flowing freely from the outlet pipe. Make sure about the same amount of steam is freely exiting from the outlet pipe as when you made your mental note. Congratulations! That trickle of water is your freshly purified water! DISTILL YOUR WATER! * Proceed with the distillation. then. After a few moments. and you may proceed. in the place of the steam you will see a trickle of water. * When the cooker feels about the same weight of when you made a mental note of it earlier (when it had about only 1" of water in it).* Observe: In a few moments steam should be going through the plastic pipe and traveling into the top (not bottom!) inlet pipe of the radiator.. The key words here are freely exiting. then shut off the heat. Be careful. . This means your radiator is doing its job. Be careful not to get burned by steam.. change out all parts and start over again. Congratulations! Your system appears to have no blockages. NOTE: Almost immediately you will see all or most of the steam stop coming out of the outlet pipe. Immediately turn off the heat and disconnect the tube from the top of the cooker. If trouble persists. * Allow the system to cool a few minutes.
Don't keep turning up the heat from here. Keep turning up the heat until the output water becomes tepid. If your output water is cool. This is great. it will convert steam to water in an instant. Test your output water upon completion of each batch to make sure your distillery system is working . Pretty much the only performance detail to really watch for is the temperature of that trickle of water when it comes out of your little radiator. A few moments after doing so. then your radiator (with the help of the fan) is doing a great job converting the input steam into purified water. * Water Tester: Use a water tester like the kind I have described above. Let the water trickle run over your fingers. This yucch is all that crap you would otherwise be drinking. Likewise. you will notice the trickle comes out faster. By all means you will get through your purification cycle faster. * Swish the water carefully around in the pan and then pour it out of the pan down the drain. If the ambient air in the room you are cooking in is high. TIPS FOR USE * Keep an eye on output water temperature: Use the steps above to monitor this. you like to make the fuel for your car and hot-rod it with hydrogen power. This same logic applies to your home water distiller. then turn up the heat. ADJUSTING FOR PERFORMANCE If you are like me. If the output trickle is indeed cool to the touch. The other good news: you can turn up the heat and produce more water faster. If you do. efficiently. The whole idea is to make your creation run well. You want it to be at room temp or perhaps just slightly on the warm side. if you open the windows during winter and allow the fan to blow this cold air over the radiator. and it will be lost to the atmosphere. and rightly so.* Remove the lid from the top of the cooker. You will find that your radiator's efficiency will fluctuate. NOTE: You will see that the water looks cloudy and/or that some rimey chalk-like yucch has accumulated on the ides of your cooker pan. the radiator will not work so well. This means your radiator output efficiency had reached its limit. This is proof that your home water distiller is working properly. your radiator will start losing some of that steam.
you protect the efficiency of your heat source. * Reduce Evaporation: Keep the collector bowl or tray away from the fan to reduce evaporation of your freshly distilled water. If the odor or flavor persists.may produce bad taste or odors in your finished water. These gases may not necessarily show up as contaminants on your water tester. Too much exposure will allow your stored water to evaporate. try not to allow too much exposure . a home water distiller is an unconventional piece of machinery. * Storing Purified Water: When storing your purified water while leaving the cap or cover partially off. Do not despair! Try running your steam distiller without the fan for several hours (watch that water level!). I found that after about 10 hours of continuous use. be patient and give your water a few hours until the problem clears out. there is a chance that odors from leftover manufacturing oil . Method 1: Try "fluffing" or aerating your freshly distilled water.or even the soap used to clean out this oil . If the odor or flavor persists. Detailed Instructions Using Common Home and Hardware Supplies Method 2: Despite doing a great job cleaning our your radiator. some water may still have odors or flavor left-over in the form of suspended gases. * Noticeable odors or flavor: I have found that odors and flavor generally come from two sources: 1) the water itself and/or 2) the radiator.I find that storing the water in a clean room in a container with a partially-open cover for one entire day lets most odors escape. and my distiller puts out clean water with only around 12 PPM. the steam drove out any trace of the radiator's factory oil and the soap I used to clean it out. By doing this. Despite being well purified. You can sometimes dissipate these left-overs by splashing the water around in its container or pouring it from one container to another. SAFETY Not to say using this apparatus is particularly dangerous. The idea is to expose the water to the air and provide a chance for extraneous gases to evaporate.properly. Try both methods below to address these. lint and microbes may enter the water. * Protect your Heat Source: Keep the fan from blowing air over or near your burner or electric element you use to heat your water.lest dust. * Use gravity: When using your distiller. tip the oil radiator slightly toward the bottom outlet side so that the water condensation will flow out of the radiator quickly. . be patient and run the system a few days until the problem clears out. My input water bears 221 PPM.
Or cool stream water. To do this. This means letting the distiller run without the fan on. one can also run cool tap water over the radiator. * Every few distillation cycles. Those parts are hot! * Never leave your water distiller unattended while the heat is running * Check the amount of boiling water in the cooker frequently. MAINTENANCE You will find after some use. All households should have at least one. Just make sure the steam in the radiator can condense and quickly exit. corroded or "looks funny". * Assemble and use this equipment at your own risk. scrape out all that crappy residue (SEE left side of PICTURE 5) accumulating in your cooker pan. Always leave some water in there when stopping the distiller or changing out to a process a fresh batch of water. All that stuff is the poison the water company expected you to drink. This will kill all the bugs in your distiller system. * Keep kids and critters away while distilling. Otherwise. * Replace the plastic tubing with fresh stock whenever it becomes cracked. backpressure may develop. ALTERNATIVE RADIATOR COOLING A friend mentioned that instead of using an electric fan. If you don't have one. Shoot the output steam into your water collector while it's empty. get one or two. some maintenance will be necessary.While I believe it's basically no more dangerous to use that a regular cook-pot. which means you will be working with a high pressure system: dangerous! Make sure the steam in the radiator can condense and quickly exit . * Hot parts! Be careful touching this stuff. The only thing a that should not be hot is the condensed water coming out of your distiller. it's still a good idea to use caution when using your home water distiller. observe some common rules: * Know where your fire extinguisher is. flush out your radiator with steam on occasion. * Decontaminate the entire system regularly. These will work great also. With safety in mind. CAUTION: Never run the cooker until its dry. damaged.
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