Primitive Technology: Cane Water Filter/Siphon

Primitive Technology: Cane Water Filter/Siphon

Primitive Technology: Cane Water Filter/Siphon
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About This Video:
I made a water filter from cane that siphons clean water from a dirty water while simultaneously using the xylem present in the the cane as a filter. MIT engineers had already proved that pine branches can be used as water filters as the thin membranes connecting the straw like xylem filter out 99% of bacteria such as E.coli which make water unsafe to drink ( ). Taking this concept, I used a type of cane in the forest and bent them into hook shapes, tying them in place with vine. Then I put dirty water into a raised pot and siphoned clean water from it into a lower collection pot. Initially some sap comes (which is also harmless to drink) out but then water flows through the stem. It does take a while for it to work but the process can be sped up by adding multiple canes working in parallel. The water that came through is clean and I was able to drink it without ill effect. After a few days the canes clog up and need replacing though one cane lasted longer than the others for some reason. Also in this video, I test the effectiveness of filtering water through a clay pot submerged in a creek, the ceramic walls acting as a filter for the creek water. Both methods seem to work but the clay pot method is more useable and needs less maintenance. But, the cane siphon would be better if no clay pots were available, simply filtering water from a puddle into a lower collection container such as a folded leaf.

00:00- Making filter/siphon
02:12- Using filter/siphon
03:53- Alternative pot filter

About Primitive Technology:
Primitive technology is a hobby where you build things in the wild completely from scratch using no modern tools or materials. These are the strict rules: If you want a fire, use a fire stick – An axe, pick up a stone and shape it – A hut, build one from trees, mud, rocks etc. The challenge is seeing how far you can go without utilizing modern technology. I do not live in the wild, but enjoy building shelter, tools, and more, only utilizing natural materials. To find specific videos, visit my playlist tab for building videos focused on pyrotechnology, shelter, weapons, food & agriculture, tools & machines, and weaving & fiber.

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  1. P.s. if ur a fan and try this at home don’t do it anywhere cows or other chattel may have grazed. Anthrax is bad

  2. Amazing stuff! Maybe cutting the ends at an angle can produce a better surface for water to flow in, instead of being flush against the bottom of the pots?

  3. Boil this! You filtered some particles(mostly safe, lol), but bacteria are still there, had come through "filter" or from env. Diarrhea = death, in wild.

  4. Do not drink water from the wild without boiling it first!!!!! even if you filter, you never know, to kill any bacteria its best to boil beforing deinking any water from the wild

  5. Clay filters are very traditional in Brazil and have been used for a long time (and still are in regions with difficult access to water). My grandma had one and is the best tasting

  6. You sir, are a legend. Watching your sub count finally going up really brings me joy. Keep doing what you are doing. You are original and the original!

  7. This is the real primitive channel with some knowledge bomb, not that primitive swimming pool channels

  8. Maybe you could make a dam at a creek and make some water flow to your house or shelter so you don’t have to travel to the creek you could hollow out trees for piping

  9. I’ve said this before but, I can’t think of anyone I’d rather be stranded on an island with than John. You’d easily win "Survivor"

  10. Awesome ! I have to comment on every video of you ! Awesome person and content creator ! Thank you dude !

  11. Anyone know of a ‘Primitive *crossbow* capable of fending off wild boars?! Furrget! The spear , less you want a tusk rammed into your shin bones .

  12. У меня такое ощущение, что кто-то поедет на больничку и его видео мы увидим не скоро. Разве не нужно было воду прокипятить сперва перед употреблением?

  13. depending on how long we wait till the next video we will know for sure if the water was clean enough for drinking

  14. One of the few genuine primitive channels, not 2 sped up morons with sticks pretending like they don’t use heavy machinery.

  15. Interesting method. I do hope you still try to boil the water though… I’d never put faith in a single research paper.

  16. I feel like a particle filter would be a lot better…. Just make a custom pot w/ a little spout on the bottom then place some small rocks, then bigger ones then sand th stones and finish w/ pebbles, then all you have to do is pour water in and let it filter through all the sand. You can add charcoal to the sand so it helps sanitize it while it filters… I’m pretty sure he’s made activated charcoal before so that would be way better.

  17. I check your channel every week to see if a new video is out, it pains me to see no new video, but when there is a new video im happy, I guess it takes time for good prime content.

  18. It’s ultra dangerous, it only removes sediment. It doesn’t remove bacteria, pesticide pollution, lead contained in the soil because of hunters. On this kind of slippery ground you should not venture there, I think that without a test by a laboratory, we cannot believe you.

  19. Boiling water should be a common knowledge theese times. Drinking water straight from the puddle is not a safe way to exhaust your thirst. Even not if you filter out some dirt.

  20. There’s one thing missing here. You didn’t explain how the siphoned water passes through all the solid nodes in the cane stem.

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