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How can I collect and melt large amounts snow for drinking water? (solar, not fuel based)? Answered


I live in the woods in central Massachusetts.  I collect rainwater during the warmer months, filtering it for drinking water.  I'm looking for a fairly convenient, low effort way to melt snow using the sun.

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iPodGuy
iPodGuy

10 years ago

I'd say try to find a large rubbermaid plastic bin, put a black garbage bag or piece of rubber inside, insulate the outside, fill it with snow and cover the top with a piece of glass or plexi or clear plastic.

Then it would be similar to a solar water or air heater, only you'd drain the water from the interior into your cistern or whatever your collection system is.

You'd still have to shovel snow into the melter, though.

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aeray
aeray

10 years ago

How do you collect the summer rainwater? If we, the 'ables community, know what system you are currently using, it would be a big hint as to the easiest direction/method to pursue.

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caarntedd
caarntedd

Answer 10 years ago

That is the first time I've seen 'ables instead of 'ibles.

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aeray
aeray

Answer 10 years ago

For a while I went along with the flow and used " 'ibles ". Then I decided that " 'ables " made more sense: Do not = don't, with the apostrophe taking the place of the omitted part. "Instructables" minus "Instruct" =" 'ables ". I don't understand where " 'ibles " came from, or why it became prevalent, because it doesn't make any sense. Where does the "i" in " 'ibles " come from?

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caarntedd
caarntedd

Answer 10 years ago

I agree with you. Maybe it's pronunciation. If you heard me speak with my Aussie accent, you would hear me say "instructibles" which would account for every one down here writing 'ibles. I don't know about the rest of you though. How do you pronounce it? Forum topic anyone?

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caarntedd
caarntedd

Answer 10 years ago

I just saw a comment posted by kelseymh where he used I'bles. Makes sense. Maybe 'ibles was a typo and every one just ran with it?

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aeray
aeray

Answer 10 years ago

I'bles makes more sense, but then you have to capitalize it.
The pronunciation, at least in my corner of the western US, is:
In-struhckt-uh-bulls... but I lived in Adelaide for a while, so I get what you're saying.

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jtobako
jtobako

10 years ago

The roof of your house? Those icicles and gutters are there for a reason...

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seandogue
seandogue

10 years ago

Black plastic sheeting.

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steveastrouk
steveastrouk

10 years ago

How about packing it into a big black bin ?