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  • shopfox commented on amalkhan's instructable How to Distill Water1 year ago
    How to Distill Water

    It took some effort on my part to recall the memories of the years between 1963 and 1968. Those were the years I was in the U.S. Air Force, which included a year in Viet Nam. It was my job to make liquid oxygen, for our aircraft, on a mobile LOX machine, a 1 ton unit that was contained in a small (pup) semi-trailer. It was all self contained, diesel engine, compressor, refrigeration unit, caustic towers, and of course a distillation column. In comparison, a commercial unit doing the same thing was a 100 ton unit. The only reason we had the 1 ton unit was that it was to be used in a war zone where we couldn't purchase pure liquid oxygen from the country we happened to be in. I'm sure our LOX machine was not cost effective when compared to the 100 ton unit but the safety of our pilots wit...

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    It took some effort on my part to recall the memories of the years between 1963 and 1968. Those were the years I was in the U.S. Air Force, which included a year in Viet Nam. It was my job to make liquid oxygen, for our aircraft, on a mobile LOX machine, a 1 ton unit that was contained in a small (pup) semi-trailer. It was all self contained, diesel engine, compressor, refrigeration unit, caustic towers, and of course a distillation column. In comparison, a commercial unit doing the same thing was a 100 ton unit. The only reason we had the 1 ton unit was that it was to be used in a war zone where we couldn't purchase pure liquid oxygen from the country we happened to be in. I'm sure our LOX machine was not cost effective when compared to the 100 ton unit but the safety of our pilots with providing pure breathing oxygen was paramount. The system used to distill water as described in this piece, in my mind, is comparable to the 1 ton vs. 100 ton LOX machines I described, to the commercial water distillation processes. It just cannot be cost effective. For emergency situations it may be useful, but not probable. It seems to me it has too many problems, a heat source, a large pot, just the right lid, the ice, and so on. I am forced by breathing problems to use a CPAP machine that uses distilled water in it to put moisture in the air the machine produces. I can buy distilled water at the store for sometimes less than a dollar, LESS THAN A DOLLAR. There is no way I could produce that gallon of distilled water for less money than that, plus facture in the amount of time spent tending to the process of distilling that gallon of water.It is a very interesting process that could be presented in a science class to teach the process of distillation but nothing more. You know, I think children should play outside, get dirty, and just maybe consume a little dirt off their dirty little hands. I know I sure did and my wife talks about making mud pies that she would sell to the nice lady next door. I'm sure my wife ate a little dirt in the process of making those pies. I'm no health expert, just lived a long time, and I believe that our hothouse kids that very seldom play outside, getting dirty, are generally sick more often than a child who has been playing outside and in turn has developed an immunity in some way by eating a little dirt.

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