After over two decades and $1,000 in cost buying, using and testing water filters I share my experiences and recommendations on water filters. I review the pros and cons of several water filter and purification systems including Berkey, Doulton, Reverse Osmosis, Monolithic, Just Water, Zen, and Ceramic Candle water filters. What you hear and my recommendations might just shock you.
DECEMBER 2012 UPDATE: This was a personal message sent to me, “”True story :Berkey sent my unit 2 years ago a full berkey setup for a roaving camp “near iran” snipers/SF mostly.
Used NOTHING but the berkey for 2 years. Put the most discusting water with slight radiation and horrid chemicles in it. Worked 100% every time.Sent samples to our water treatment guys….impressed the sh@@ out of them. LITERALLY we ran our berkey 24/7 .Never had one medical issue related to drinking the water. That crown is still in the field today. I am home now with a big berkey…loving it.” The moral of the story is, if you have to trust you life on your water filter working, trust a Berkey filter.
To get the lowest unadvertised pricing on any Berkey system email me at Berkey@LDSPrepper.com with “Berkey Discount Pricing” in the subject of the email.
How do you make a water purifier with household items?
Constructing your own DIY water filter not only conveniently provides clean water — it also may save your life in unusual situations that you don’t have pure water. An improvised water filter will improve the taste of and remove harmful contaminants from ground or lake water. The following steps explain how you can put together a charcoal water filter using everyday items.
You will need completely cooled, fresh (preferably) charcoal such as that from a camp fire or grill; a cylindrical container such as a bucket or two-liter soda bottle cut at one end; a large stone; and grass or sand.
To fashion your DIY charcoal water filter, you will need to craft a funnel to act as the filter. For this you can use a large leaf or strip of tree bark. If you are using a soda bottle, cut the top off and flip it upside down so that the bottle cap is pointing toward the bottom of the bottle.
You will need to poke a hole in the bottle cap so that water can be filtered.
Once you have your mechanism ready, use the stone to crush your charcoal then place it into the funnel. Next, pack sand or grass on top of the charcoal as this will aid the filtering process.
Finally, pour the ground or lake water into the funnel.
The water will filter down into the container slowly.
Repeat this process until the water reaches the clarity you desire.
For the most sterile results, boil the water a few minutes after you have filtered it to get rid of any remaining microscopic contaminants.
Is charcoal water healthy?
Activated charcoal is a odorless black powder and it have been used for a long time helping to filter water since it can interact with it. It can absorb toxins, drugs, viruses, bacteria, fungus and some harmful chemicals found in water. The body is unable to absorb charcoal, and so the toxins that bind to the charcoal leave the body in the feces.
In commercial settings, such as waste-management centers, operators often use activated carbon granules for one part of the filtration process. Dozens of water filtration products are also designed for at-home use, using carbon cartridges to purify water of toxins and impurities.
A 2015 study found that water filtration systems that used carbon removed as much as 100 percent of the fluoride in 32 unfiltered water samples after 6 months of installation.
Activated charcoal is produced by superheating natural sources of carbon-rich materials, such as wood, peat, coconut shells, or sawdust, to very high temperatures. The ‘activation’ process strips the charcoal of previously absorbed molecules and frees up bonding sites again. This process also reduces the size of the pores in the charcoal and makes more holes in each molecule, therefore, increasing its overall surface area.
The manufacture of activated charcoal makes it extremely adsorbent, allowing it to bind to molecules, ions, or atoms. Concluding, charcoal water it’s very healthy because it had the most of contaminants took off.
How does gravel sand and charcoal filter water?
First, the gravel layer catches large pieces of debris, such as twigs, leaves, and bugs.
Next, the sand layer catches smaller particles, such as dirt and grit, and makes the water look clean.
Finally, the charcoal layer gets rid of bacteria and some chemicals.
But if you don’t have Charcoal, can you still make a Water Filter? Yes!
How do you make a homemade water filter without charcoal?
To make a water filter without activated charcoal, you need a replacement material that has pores large enough to allow water to pass through, but small enough to catch sediment, pathogens, or other impurities. Sand or ceramic are the best materials to use as replacements for activated charcoal.
Can you make sand water filter?
Put it upside down in the beaker.
Pour the pebbles into the bottle.
Then pour the coarse sand on top of the pebbles and the fine sand on top of the coarse sand.
Carefully pour about two liters of clean tap water through, being careful not to disturb the top layer of sand.
Tied of bottled water? Tired of hard water? How about smelling water? Then, take care of yourself and your family and install a whole home water filtration system. Doing it yourself will save a bundle.
These links are for example only, shop around for better prices.
Big Blue Water Filter System on eBay (without gauges)
Getting a system with gauges does raise the price (not sure why since the gauges are not that expensive).
Look for UV lights that come with extra sleeves and bulbs. Also, make sure you know for sure that the connections on the UV light is standard US and not European or “British”. British threads do not match up with US standard threads and an adapter is another piece that can leak.
Hi. Primitive technology with survival skills builds a water filter tank part 3 is our next video. In this video we finished building a water filter tank. By the primitive technology we have filtered clean water from the tank, initially we make charcoal then go to streams for sand and stones. Charcoal can eliminate toxins and bacteria, rocks and sand that cleanse water. We let the charcoal make the first layer followed by stone and sand, large stones at the top. It takes 1 hour for water to be purified. We will continue to make the next video on primitive technology and wild survival skills. Subscribe to the channel to watch the latest videos. Thank you.
If you are backing, you are going to have to filter water. There are MANY options when it comes to water filtration and water purification for backpackers (and hunters like myself), but my go to is the Sawyer Micro Squeeze. Fast, easy and reliable. ENJOY! 🙂
Sawyer Micro Squeeze- https://amzn.to/2ZQ9G7l
(used in video)
Other filters I recommend:
Sawyer Mini- https://amzn.to/31gOKDQ
Sawyer Gravity Filter- https://amzn.to/2LvpZ1u
Backpacking Gear to Check Out:
Trekking Poles: https://amzn.to/2Z9mUHS
Backpacking Pillow (shown in video): https://amzn.to/2Z9tqU1
Backpacking Pillow (lightweight option): https://amzn.to/2zbnPNe
Backcountry Stove (mentioned in video): https://amzn.to/2KGUCR1
Camp Chef Stove (another option): https://amzn.to/2KK12Pr
Mountain House (this one is DELISH): https://amzn.to/2HhkJM6
Sleeping Pad (affordable): https://amzn.to/2Zj8WmY
Sleeping Pad (shown in video): https://amzn.to/2ZeuiS4
Multi Tool (different than one shown in video, but still awesome): https://amzn.to/2ZbSdpn
Ursack Bear Bag: https://amzn.to/31Njhcj
Floored Tent: https://amzn.to/2Hg9dRa
Nemo Sleeping Bag: https://amzn.to/2HhSVHI
Bayite metal match https://amzn.to/2JV1msH
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