How to Make a Homemade Water Distiller

A jug filled with water and empty stacked cups on wooden table.
  • 2 hours
  • Intermediate
  • 45
What You'll Need
Dish soap
Drill and drill bit
Stainless-steel feed-through fitting with barbed end and an inner diameter of 3/8 inches
3-foot food-grade high-temperature silicone hose with inner diameter of 3/8 inches
Feed-through fitting
Large glass jug
1-gallon metal pot with tight lid

Purchasing a water distiller from the store or online can be pricey. But, made correctly, a homemade water distiller is just as dependable as a store-bought one. Build your own with a good set of instructions and a few easy-to-find materials.

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Step 1 - Drill Holes

Begin making your homemade water distiller by drilling a hole in the metal pot’s lid. Once the hole has been drilled, insert the stainless-steel feed-through fitting through the hole. Take care to keep the fitting’s barbed end outside of the metal pot.

Step 2 - Wash the Metal Pot

Next, vigorously wash the metal pot with warm water and dish soap. In addition, wash the pot’s lid, the glass jug, and the food-grade silicone hose. Give these parts ample time to dry, and then continue to the next step.

Step 3 - Place Metal Pot on the Stove

Fill the metal pot 3/4 of the way up with the water you want to distill. Then, place the filled pot on the stove, and heat it up to about 200-degrees Fahrenheit. Let steam escape through the stainless-steel feed-through fitting for about five minutes.

Step 4 - Attach the Silicone Hose

You're almost finished with making your homemade waster distiller. Next, slowly attach one end of the silicone hose to the stainless-steel feed-through fitting, to vent away any remaining contaminants and prevent them from being condensed into your distilled water.

Step 5 - Catch Distilled Water

Place the other end of the plastic hose into the jug. The steam that is being condensed will slowly drip into the glass jug in the form of pure water. After the dripping slows down considerably or stops completely, take the metal pot off the stove. Let the pot cool down for at least 30 minutes before cleaning it and the plastic hose.

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