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Monday, August 11, 2014

6 months escape/prep 8


SIX MONTHS ESCAPE/PREP 8

( Six Months To Escaping The Rat Race And Preparing For The Apocalypse Cash On The Barrelhead )

 

Water Filter

I used to be an advocate of Berky water filters.  Importantly, they only cost $55 after shipping and where available at Lehman’s.  Unfortunately to a legion of former readers who had the audacity to abandon me after I failed to support semi-automatic weapons, that advice blows rabid monkey testicles.  Somewhere in the past I got it in my head that Berky filters were good for 13,000 gallons of treated water.  I had mixed it up with the far superior filter Katadyn.  Berky is only good for 800 gallons.  I feel poorly for misinforming folks, but believe me it was by accident.  I hate every swinging cheese dingus out there giving me poor advice because of a combination of their greed to make money jumping on the prepper bandwagon and just mindlessly parroting crap they’ve heard instead of figuring out things on their own.  I would never purposely emulate them.  Katadyn is sold by Amazon and I would buy several if I were you.  It is now about the same price as Lehman’s Berky.  I don’t think $100 is too much to pay for years worth of clean drinking water for your family ( you must have back-ups as they are a bit of the fragile side ).  But don’t wait too long to stock up.  They have silver in the ceramic element and if that cost goes up so does the filter.

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You don’t need to spend $300-400 for a commercial filter.  Take a single replacement filter element and use that to make your own unit.  Take a five gallon bucket and drill the same size hole as the nipple on the element ( a filter is the whole unit, an element is one ceramic tube inside the filter that the water passes through, to try to avoid confusion here.  When I say filter I usually mean just the ceramic element so I’m trying to differentiate here ).  Poke the nipple through, from the inside of the bucket down pointing out through the outside of the bottom of the bucket.  Screw on the wing nut to the protruding nipple.  You tighten this down, the washer on the inside is compressed and forms a water tight seal.  Take a second bucket with a lid and cut a whole in the lid so that the bucket on top can rest on the bottom bucket and the nipple pokes through the lid.  You fill the top full of pre-filtered water ( through a towel or coffee filter or screen or what have you to get out the big particles ) and the water goes through the filter element and the bottom bucket fills with pure water.  Note, this is bacteria/virus/microscopic bug proof water, not chemically purified water.  The filters don’t handle those.  Crap that’s alive will be filtered, not stuff from DuPont. 

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13 comments:

  1. So probably wont work for drinking from the canals from the everyglades? Hmm, solar distillery? I wonder what the heat of vaporization is for Mercury. Oh, and on cooking at your primitive campsite would you advise minions to make a solar oven using a trashed fridge, some foil (mylar?) And a discarded piece of glass? And do you think ice in the cooler for whatever would last longer in a discarded fridge thats burried up to its rim and under a shade tree than in a nifty igloo or w.e brand ice chest?

    -Sumdude.

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    1. I've heard the "three day" or similar chests are very well insulated. I guess you have to weigh the risks. Metal rusts, plastic cracks. I'd think metal would still last longer. And I don't think the cooker will work without reflectors. Good for heating water, not so good cooking.

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    2. So Im SOL on the mercury bit? Lol. Maybe Ill rename myself the mad hatter.

      -Sumdude
      Doesnt make hats

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    3. You need a solar still, yes, I just can't remember if it removes 100%.

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  2. I have to say complete bollox to your "Berkys only do 800 gallons...".
    I've been using mine for well over 3 years (Might even be 5) and every so often take out the candles, give them a scrub with a scotchbrite pad, then place in boiling water and simmer (not a rolling boil as you'll crack them, ask me how I know...) them for a good 10 mins, and they're good to go.

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    1. I was just repeating the figure given in the advertising. But very good to know, thanks.

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    2. If they marketed them as "If treated and looked after properly, these filters will last for 10 years", How many replacement filters do you think they'd sell?

      I would also imagine it has a lot to do with liability issues with morons who make a living through litigation too.

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    3. Ok, that makes a bunch of sense. I'll do my best to thwart their evil plans by pushing Katadyn

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  3. Howdy,
    Amazon has several of the Katadyn filter elements in the $60 price range you mentioned the other day. Do you have a model preference? Thanks.

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  4. Great haired one, I did some research and wanted to share this US made filter I found. It comes two filters with a spigot (Your idea with buckets). Looking at getting a few down side is not buying just elements for more but oh well.http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007HV7C2O/ref=ox_sc_act_title_4?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=AQE09QIWODJZ2
    Thanks, Lake Erie Pirate

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