The Prepper’s Solar Still

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Editor’s Note: This article was generously donated by 15-year-old Blake Alma. Blake is not only a writer of several books but has his own site, The Art of an Outdoorsman where he shares knowledge preppers can use to survive. Today Blake discusses a simple Solar still that can be thrown together with materials we all should have lying around.


 

In this day and age, we have plumbing and faucets. We have our own water bills and water heaters. We also have our own water pipelines which connects with the cities or counties pipeline. We drink our water from our faucets. We may have water filters so that we may stay away from unwanted bacteria and particles. But what happens if an earthquake or a natural disaster occurs and it destroys the pipelines? You have no more water!!!

Well that is a problem considering the fact that we humans can only live 3 days without water! How then can you get water when your water’s pipeline is destroyed? You may begin to worry, for that is okay. However, let me put your fears behind you, for you can survive! Sure it may not be easy or even fun, but even the most urban human being can collect water without a pipeline. Nevertheless, if you have a fresh body of water nearby, you’re probably going to be okay! You just need to boil all water that you collect from the wild. Now, if you have several plastic water bottles you may survive a little longer. But all your supplies may run out! So why not be a prepper and prepare your home with the prepper’s solar still kit.

You will need:

  • A bucket such as a 5 gallon bucket
  • A house-hold trash bag
  • A couple very small rocks
  • An empty 12 oz. cup or a small empty container
  • Some green vegetation such as grass or leaves
  • Duct Tape or 4 feet of semi-strong string

 

Making your kit:

  1. Gather all your required supplies. You do not need any vegetation for your kit.
  1. Take your bucket and place all your supplies within. You can make more than one kit which is ideal for a survival situation.
  1. I would personally make more than one kit. I would have at least two kits in your home and one in each of your vehicles.

 

Making the Prepper’s Solar Still:

  1. Take out all the supplies in your solar still kit.
  1. Find some nearby vegetation. Leaves, grass, branches with leaves, or any other plants. All vegetation must be green and alive at the time of obtaining.
  1. Once you have all your vegetation, which should be a fair amount, you can place it in your bucket.Solarstill1
  1. Then place your container or 12 oz. cup in the middle of the bucket.Solarstill2
  1. Take your trash bag and put it over the bucket. Then use your small rocks and put it in the middle of the trash bag which will push the bag down a bit. Use the duct tape or string and wrap or tie it around the bag to keep it in place. You can rip off any extra length of the trash bag if you want.Solarstill5
  1. Take your bucket outside and find a sunny spot to leave it in. If it is not a sunny day, place it in a non-shady area.Solarstill3
  1. Leave the bucket there for at least a day, if not more. If it is a sunny day it will work faster. After time, go check your bucket. Take the bag off and see if there is any water in the cup. There should be a fair amount of water. Be sure to filter and/or boil any water collect from the wild. You may want to have set more than one solar still at a time.

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How the Prepper’s Solar Still works:

The vegetation has water within its system. Once it is plucked from the ground or a tree it dies. When you put it in the bucket and you seal it, the heat of the sun or day beats on the vegetation. Since it is inside the bucket it will get very warm, causing the water to evaporate from the plants. The water goes up unto the air and it then hits the trash bag. It then turns unto drops of water. The water begins to slide down the bag. It goes down to where the small rocks are weighing down the bag at. It then drops off the bag and falls unto the cup. The cup then begins to fill up.


 

About the author: Blake Thomas Alma is the author of many books, The Outdoorsmen BibleHarvesting Nature’s Bait ShopThis World can be Cold and Bitter, More Than Just a Rat Trap, and The Godly Outdoorsman’s Devotionals. He is only 15 years old! He is always sharing his growing knowledge of his master’s creation, the outdoors. A warm smile comes upon his face when he walks through the outdoors. He greatly enjoys Fishing, Small Game Hunting, Target Practice, Survival, Camping, Hiking, Bait Harvesting, ATVing, and outdoor educating. But above all outdoor pursuits, his heart pours out like a mighty river toward trapping. Perhaps his greatest skill of all of his outdoor pursuits. He is continually growing in the knowledge of trapping and in his master, Jesus, the creator of the outdoors. He also enjoys learning DIY outdoor pursuits. Henceforth, he created The Art of an Outdoorsman. He created The Art of an Outdoorsman so that others may grow in the knowledge of his God’s creation too and master that great skill, or art as he calls it, of the outdoorsman. You never know when the stock market might crash or when you find yourself lost in the woods. So why not learn this great art as Blake has and survive like an outdoorsman! His author page can visited at http://amazon.com/author/blakealma.

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John Hertig
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Much better than the “hole in the ground” solar still, which generally takes more water out of you (while digging the hole) than the still provides. The bucket is a significant idea. It can also be done with just a bag, like in the Hydro Kit from Survivalmetrics.com. This could even fit several stills in your pack.

Blake Alma
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Man do you follow all the sites I do?

Huples
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Nice idea. I think a black outer bucket would work better and a very clear covering bag would boost the rate of evaporation. You could also make a load of smaller ones? Might try this in the Summer but right now get a lot of rain 🙁

Blake Alma
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Yea there is tons of rain here too. The prepper’s solar still should still work in the rain, for trash bags are waterproof. You can use whatever size bucket you want, I just used a 5 gallon bucket for the images…

Huples
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Great images. The best straight forward explanation I have seen on this topic.

I’m thinking they won’t work well in cold temps but for deep summer you could easily scatter these in various sizes and harvest the water as you fetch wood and forage.
Have to if it is raining just put the bucket out 🙂

Steve LaFontaine
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the hole in the ground still draws water out of the soil. not so with the bucket. but then you can/should urinate in both of them.

David Stanley
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If you use plastic you will cut 15 – 20 years off your life.

Blake Alma
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I drink from a plastic cup every day at least 8 times a day. I would be very dead if that were true…

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