Video: Considerations when Boiling Water For Disinfection

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Video: When You’re Boiling Water As A Disinfectant

In this companion video to a previous article, Dr. Joe Alton discusses the methods of water disinfection and why the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention consider boiling water to be the most effective way of disinfecting water off the grid. Ol’ Dr. Bones talks about the real standards for boiling water, plus some filters you might consider, and operational security issues when using wood fuel as a heat source.

Fun Fact (or maybe not so much fun if you’re gathering it yourself): It takes a kilogram (2.2 pounds) of wood to boil a liter of water!

To watch, just click below:

Wishing you the best of health in good times or bad,

Joe Alton MD

Joe Alton MD

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