55 gallon drum solar water still

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[edit] Solar Water Condenser

For anyone with clean water issues a solar condenser is a viable small scale potable water option.

1. Make or clean out a suitable container. If it contained oil light a fire to burn out any residue.


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If the top is still on remove it.

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Cooling is caused by evaporation on the top of the condenser plate. Clean water forms on the bottom of the condenser plate due to a temperature difference; i.e. cold on top and warm on bottom.

Variation

If you would like to leave unattended for extended times:

1. Replace the glass with heavy gage sheet metal. 2. Drill or cut holes in the top reflector.


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Find a smaller container. ( 5 - 10 gallon )

3. Cut the top from a smaller container and drill or cut holes in the in the bottom. 4. Paint white or wrap with tin foil.

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5. Place on first container, then place fabric filter; add sand and fill with mud; replace lid.

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