Water is one of the key survival priorities, and it is vital to make sure your water is safe to drink. One of the oldest methods for water purification is boiling. This week (October 17th) students in the Alderleaf Wilderness Certification Program got to practice using a primitive water boiling technique that involves a coal-burned wooden container. First, they worked on making these containers - often called coal-burned bowls - so that they could purify water from a local stream.
When one of the water containers sprung a leak, students Christine and Torin utilized a creative approach to the problem by using a form of natural epoxy: pitch mixed with charcoal. This simple solution kept their water in and allowed them to enjoy their success in the form of vitamin C-rich tea.
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