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    I built a drain into the side, and the water that I let out of there is uncomfortably hot to the touch. How hot is enough to inhibit algae growth?

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    I bet it will be hot enough inside the box that algae wont grow..
    just be sure to store your "distilled" water in a cool dark place..

    I was worried about mosquitoes in my rain barrel:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...&v=Qq7g-PFvGjQ

    But its solid black, which absorbs heat..
    its not in full sun all day, but it gets some direct sun for maybe 3 hours a day..
    that makes the water warm enough that I had zero mosquitoe larva..
    no algae either, but I wouldnt expect that with the solid black cover..

    I think decent heat should cure both mosquito and algae issues..
    and I suspect you will have that inside the still..
    actually, making sure its sealed up good, from air-flow, might be a benefit..
    normally we want good ventilation, but in this case, we want things inside the box
    to die! not live! so less ventilation would be a plus..

    Scot

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    I've also thought about doing the rain barrel thing to catch rain from the gutters, but was worried about things leeching into the water on the way down. Is this every a problem with that kind of setup?

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    Quote Originally Posted by incspir View Post
    I've also thought about doing the rain barrel thing to catch rain from the gutters, but was worried about things leeching into the water on the way down. Is this every a problem with that kind of setup?
    I have been collecting rain water for my CP's for 19 years..haven't had a problem yet.

    Scot

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    I just set up a rainwater collection system last week. To avoid getting crap into the water I flushed out the gutters of my house first, and have the raw water from the roof go into a 5 gal bucket. There's a 2" drain near the bottom of the bucket buried in gravel, with filter pads on top of the gravel. Above the filter pads is a gutter outlet which drains away. The drain at the bottom of the bucket is connected to a ball valve to control flow into the collection container. When the valve is closed water will back up in the bucket and drain out. That way I can let the roof wash off a bit before I begin collection.
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