Home Distillation of Water

For the ‘do it your-selfer’ home distillation can be a little time consuming—but the health benefits out-weigh the time loss. A distillation unit consists of a boiling chamber where the water is heated and turned into steam, or vaporized. Condensing coils are needed for the vapor to cool back into water-droplets, and a chamber where the distilled water is stored. A stove-top distilling chamber can be made for just a few dollars, but it is more advisable to spend $75-$80 dollars to purchase a pre-made distillation chamber.

But for the hard headed folks, (like myself) one simple plan involves a 12 quart stock pot, a stainless steel bowl that is the same diameter as the stock pot, a few small c-clamps and about 3 feet of 3/8” copper tubing some ‘jb weld’ or a soldering gun and an old glass coffee pot which has been sterilized. Make a 3/8” inch hole in the bottom of the stainless steel bowl, insert your copper tubing, with about one inch sticking through the pot, use a soldering iron or ‘JB-Weld’ to weld the tubing and steel bowl together, curl your copper tubing into loops with it facing down on the last part. Some might suggest using small c-clamps to hold the bowl and pot together, in case of boil over. Fill the apparatus with water, place it on the stove and boil away, be sure to catch your distilled water in a clean bowl or canister.

As mentioned, this is for the penny-pincher, or the adventurous. For those who wish to have an unlimited supply of distilled-purified water, there are numerous sources for home distilleries, some producing as much as twelve gallons a day, with others only three gallons, or one liter. The type of home distillery you buy depends on your use, and the amount of money you plan on spending. An inexpensive one can be purchased for around $80 dollars, while others cost upwards of $1000 dollars. One source of water distillers is Wholesale Home Distillers, available on the Internet.