Homemade Water Distiller! - the Deluxe (Stainless Steel) Pure Water Still! - Easy DIY | Full Instr.

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Homemade Water Distiller! - The Deluxe (Stainless Steel) Pure Water Still! - Easy DIY | Full Instr.

Step 1: Watch the Instructional Video...

Step 2: Read the Description...

Homemade Water Distiller! The Deluxe "Stainless Steel" Pure Water Still! Easy DIY. Distills all types of Dirty-water/Salt-water to a clean fresh drinking water. made using a stainless steel teapot and 6 feet of stainless steel tubing. can either be used on a standard stove burner or rocket stove/campfire/parabolic dish for total off-grid operation. assembles/disassembles fast for easy portability. great for emergency or everyday use. produces water about 50% faster than my standard stainless steel design. a few details: the 24" stainless steel supply lines are 3/4". the pvc piece is 1 1/4" OD to 3/4" threaded. the coupler is 1 1/4" to 1 1 /4". (adjust these as necessary to your specific kettle)

Step 3: First: Gather the Items Needed

1.) tea kettle (i used one made out of an 18/10 stainless steel (high quality)

2.) heat source (electric burner, rocket stove, camp fire, parabolic solar dish etc...)

3.) Three "2 foot long" sections of corrugated 3/4" stainless steel plumbing supply line (standard for water heaters)

4.) Two 3/4" pipe connectors (i used brass)

5.) flexible pipe connector and PVC pipe connector (choose these based on your individual tea kettle)

6.) collection jars ( i used glass ones)

7.) only tool needed is a screwdriver

Step 4: The Build... (first Bending and Connecting the Pipes)

A.) the first thing i did was to bend each of the pipes into the shape of a "U" (more or less). the idea behind this was to make sort of an elongated spiral. i wanted to have the water go up to the highest point quickly and then spiral around in a downward direction (all while maintaining a sense of balance with the unit). you should play around with this to get it just right or you could probably just keep the pipes straight if you have the room to do that. just make sure the unit is supported.

B.) then i took the brass pipe connectors and screwed the pipes together (see pics above). *i would have made a tighter spiral (except for the fact that you can't make tight bends anywhere near the connectors).

Step 5: Now Connect the Two Adapters Together...

to do that just push the PVC piece into the flexible pipe connector and tighten (the flexible pipe connector comes with the clamps). then screw the pipe and PVC piece together

Step 6: And That Will Drop on the Tea Kettle...

once you've added your dirty or saltwater to the tea kettle, just slide the pipe connector onto the spout of the kettle and tighten (see pics above)

Step 7: Here's a Couple of Pics of Me Making "sea Water"...

Step 8: Now Connect the Kettle and the Pipe Assembly Together...

connect and turn on the burner. within a few minutes the collection jar will start to fill with distilled water! check out how clear the water is (in the drinking glass picture above).

Step 9: Have Fun Building and Using It!

for any clarification or questions just drop a note in the comments section. i'll check often and answer

Step 10: Here's Some Extra Pics...



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    7 Discussions


    6 months ago

    Good morning! Sir we are students and we've made this as a project.. sir may we know how to contact you personally as we've a problem in our distiller. The outcoming water is still not pure. Deadline is coming! I'm hoping for your quick response sir!


    9 months ago

    Best idea I've seen for a distiller. Of course, the steam would just condense in the water in the jar. Simple but brilliant. I'm looking for the bits today, but I don't want the plastic or pvc. The 2 great ideas here are the corrugated stainless pipe and the condensing in the jar. Very many thanks.


    10 months ago

    This is brilliant but do I have to worry about the plastic parts of the invention (PVC piece and the pipe connector) leaking plastic into the water? do you have an alternative and where did you purchase all the parts? I will need the right kettle to fit the piping.. Thanks!


    1 year ago

    Nice approach :)
    I'm pondering a way to make a 'watermaker' for use on a boat. From other sites I have visited, it is frowned upon when non-copper or non-high-grade-stainless parts are used. In your setup you use a PVC bit and a rubber/silicone/plastic? pipe connector. Would this 'contaminate' the resulting water? Not looking for the purest water by the way, just water without salty taste :)


    1 year ago

    So you just drop the end in the jar I suppose . Where does most of the condensation take place . Wouldn't a lot of steam be lost out of the jar?

    2 replies

    Reply 1 year ago

    hi there. yep, you just drop the end in the jar (just bend the pipe to fit the size jar you're using). * i've used up to a one gallon glass jug. the condensation takes place both inside the pipe and in the jar. probably most in the jar itself. you do lose some out the top (as sealing the top of the jar is not possible (due to pressure build up) but cooling the jar with a wet wash cloth (or cool water) helps increase the condensation rate. i've also tried "tenting" a piece of aluminum foil over the jar as a way to capture even more water vapor. that helps *and allows for pressure to escape


    Reply 1 year ago

    hi again. thanks so much.


    p.s. i'll add in as much writing as i possibly can from now on