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can i just boil water let it cool then use it in my loop?
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Boiling it will do nothing but kill any micro organisms living in it. It will not get rid of all the minerals and salts in the water. Why are you wanting to avoid distilled water? It is sold for super cheap at any supermarket or pharmacy like Walgreens etc.

Boiling will do nothing as far as changing the composition of the water. If anything it will slightly concentrate the minerals and salts because you will lose some water to evaporation during the boiling.

The headaches caused by using tap water are going to far outweigh the inconvenience of spending 2 or 3 dollars on distilled water...
    
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Originally Posted by Epitope;14133218 
Boiling it will do nothing but kill any micro organisms living in it. It will not get rig of all the minerals and salts in the water. Why are you wanting to avoid distilled water? It is sold for super cheap at any supermarket or pharmacy like Walgreens etc.

I was just wondering if it worked the same way.
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post #4 of 13
Then it would be called boiled and cooled water, lol. Distillation is a process.
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post #5 of 13
Just boiling it wouldn't do anything now if you collect the steam from it and use that you'll have distilled, lol
Easier just to buy it.
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The only way boiling would work, is to basically distill the water yourself (IE, collecting the vapor and using it). Distilled is only $1 - $2 per gallon. A lot less than the electricity to boil water yourself and a hell of a lot easier!
 
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Angrybutcher;14133247 
The only way boiling would work, is to basically distill the water yourself (IE, collecting the vapor and using it). Distilled is only $1 - $2 per gallon. A lot less than the electricity to boil water yourself and a hell of a lot easier!

I actually have a small glass distillation apparatus. I work at a major university and one of the old chemistry professors retired and had all his old scientific gear out in the hallway with a "free" sign on it. Nobody had picked up the distiller so I took it home. I've always thought it would come in handy in a survival / apocalyptic situation. Give me some nasty undrinkable water and a heat source and I can make enough pure water to keep a few people alive smile.gif.

Funny story, my dad helped me move a few years ago and saw it and thought it was some sort of complex bong used to smoke weed... After explaining what it was for a few minutes he still didn't believe me.
    
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Originally Posted by Epitope;14133267 
I actually have a small glass distillation apparatus. I work at a major university and one of the old chemistry professors retired and had all his old scientific gear out in the hallway with a "free" sign on it. Nobody had picked up the distiller so I took it home. I've always thought it would come in handy in a survival / apocalyptic situation. Give me some nasty undrinkable water and a heat source and I can make enough pure water to keep a few people alive smile.gif.

Funny story, my dad helped me move a few years ago and saw it and thought it was some sort of complex bong used to smoke weed... After explaining what it was for a few minutes he still didn't believe me.

haha this is a good one.tongue.gif
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Reverse Osmosis water would work
    
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Reverse Osmosis water would work

It is true that RO water is substantially free of calcium and other minerals that can cause fouling in water cooling systems. However, distilled water is typically lower in mineral content than RO water, and is therefore the best choice if you can afford the small price of distilled water.
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