Water Distillers and Distillation Tips

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WMN_TRULYSTEP Home Distiller, 3 Gallon
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Vevor 30 L Stainless Steel Water Distiller
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Copper vs. Stainless

Copper stills are considered top quality. They are beautiful and produce a quality distilled product, but they are also very expensive compared to stainless steel water distillers with a copper coil. Copper is also a lot softer than stainless, so it punctures more easily if treated roughly or hit. Copper also turns green over time unless you keep it polished. If it does turn a bit green, it is not a big problem. You'll just have to polish it with a non-scratch cloth and copper cleaner. Brasso works well. Copper and stainless are both great at removing contaminants.

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5-gallon Copper Alembic Still
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Distillers are multi purpose.

Owning a water distiller in an SHTF situation or long emergency allows you to distill alcohol that could be used for tinctures, antiseptics, and drinking. Many distilleries briefly switched to making hand sanitizer during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Faq

How does a water distiller work?

A water distiller works by using heat to turn liquid water into a vapor. This separates the water molecules from contaminants. The pure water vapor is collected in a container.

What does distillation remove from water?

What does distillation remove from water? Distillation removes a number of harmful contaminants including but not limited to the following:

  • Lead
  • Asbestos
  • Fluoride
  • E.Coli, Giardia, and other biological contaminants
  • Radium
  • Nitrate
  • Benzene

How does distilled water taste compared to tap or bottled water?

If you are used to drinking mineral water you might find distilled water to be rather bland. It is important to note that distillation also removes beneficial minerals so it is important to make sure to take a multivitamin or eat a very well balanced diet if you are consuming large amounts of distilled water.

MEET Samantha Biggers

Samantha is Ready To Go Survival's lead editor, a life-long outdoorswoman with a Bachelors in Environmental Studies. She learned the foundation of preparedness from her father who saw heavy combat in Vietnam during the Tet Offensive. An avid outdoors woman and survivalist, her articles have appeared in various homesteading magazines such as GRIT, Back Home, Backwoods Home, and Countryside.

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