Homemade Water Distiller - Tips and Ideas for Distillation at Home

Do you wish to learn how to put together a homemade water distiller?

You never know when you might need to purify your drinking water, so making your own water distiller and having it on hand when you really need it is a great idea.

You can take your homemade water distiller with you when you go camping or spend the day having a picnic in the woods. This idea sure beats carrying huge, heavy bottles of water around with you while on a hike.

What you need is a heat source, like a gas stove or a plain log fire, a medium sized pot, a pound cake tin (one that has a vertical piece rising from the center), and a steeply domed lid. Place the dirty water in the pot over your heat source and boil the water for around five minutes. Add the pound cake tin on top of the pot with the domed lid covering it. The process of condensation will allow the clean water to evaporate through the vertical piece of the pound cake tin, and when it reaches the domed lid, it will roll down the sides and you will have fresh, clean, drinking water.

Need more ideas for a homemade water distiller?

Another great way to distill water at home is to adapt a large cooking pot that you can place on the stove for the heat to distill clean drinking water. All you need is a hose coupling that fits onto the lid of the pot and this replaces the handle in the centre of the lid. Once the hose coupling is snuggly fitted to the hole in the pot's lid, attach a short piece of clean pipe to the coupling and let it hang down into a bucket. As the water boils, the clean water will evaporate, condense and flow down the pipe, and then into the bucket.

The above methods for homemade water distillers might, however, impact your utilities bill quite drastically; but there is a solution - a solar powered water distiller.

Using a simple aluminum frame and a large sheet of metal, you create a round bowl which reflects the heat of the sun's rays onto a pot or plastic bowl that is painted black. Pour the dirty water into the pot and cover it with clear plastic sheet all the way around. The water will evaporate and condense from the black pot or plastic bowl onto the clear plastic sheet, and you will be able to have almost a gallon of clean drinking water. If you are unsure how this works, invest some time researching solar powered water distillers to find the right design for your needs.

If you think that you will never have to use a homemade water distiller, then think again. With global warming causing untold number of natural disasters like tidal waves, freak storms and volcanoes, you will probably have to start distilling your own water at some time or the other. Most natural disasters affect the quality of water which is pumped out from your water provider, so it is essential that you make a homemade water distiller as part of your survival kit for just such an eventuality.

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