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Cheap and easy Berkey water filter hack.
Posted by: Anonymous User ()
Date: April 13, 2012 03:45AM

I love it when people make their own stuff. You still need to buy a set of filters and they're about $100 but that filters 3000 litres of water so hey, not too shabby. You'd save about $150 plus shipping on the fancy stainless steel canisters.
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Re: Cheap and easy Berkey water filter hack.
Posted by: Anonymous User ()
Date: April 13, 2012 06:53AM

Thats a massive saving Coco, great stuff. In another life, I used to own slow combustion stove (rayburn). It ran 24/7, and I used to supply the timber from my own property (16 acres of virgin Australian bush). I didn't mind the work of collecting timber, sharpening chain saws etc., I enjoyed it. We had 80 gallons of hot water running off that stove, and I had it rigged so that I could utilise the thermosyphon principle which heated the whole house in winter. In summer, I directed the hot air out of large windows above the stove.

It's my aim to have that all again, minus a few things though haha.

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Re: Cheap and easy Berkey water filter hack.
Posted by: Anonymous User ()
Date: April 13, 2012 12:34PM

Cool!
Have you seen those amazing hot water showers that are heated just by running a coiled up hose under compost pile? Amazing! burning hot water for FREE!

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Re: Cheap and easy Berkey water filter hack.
Posted by: banana who ()
Date: April 13, 2012 06:26PM

Coco, that was very cool. Thanks. Only thing is that I wouldn't know how to cut it. He mentioned a jigsaw; don't have one. Plus, I like the stainless steel! I know it's more expensive but I recall you saying something like just over $200 for the cheapest one.

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Re: Cheap and easy Berkey water filter hack.
Posted by: Anonymous User ()
Date: April 13, 2012 06:34PM

I bought a scratch and dent model (you'd need a magnifying glass to find the dent though) for less than that. Pretty cool.
The ceramic filters I've been seeing look a bit more sturdy than the Berkey filters. Not sure if they work as well but they look like a pretty good bet anyhow.
Might be worth it to whip up a spare for camping, extra water, whatever. I'd cut it with a carpet knife, the dremel, sawzall, whatever. Scissors. Can't be That difficult, it's only plastic after all.

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Re: Cheap and easy Berkey water filter hack.
Posted by: Anonymous User ()
Date: April 13, 2012 11:48PM

Yeah Coco, free hot water. In a temperate clime, I've known people to coil heaps of black plactic pipe up in the roof which heats up during the day and has plenty of hot water for showers etc each day, that's also cool Coco winking smiley

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