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  1. Joe
    April 8, 2012

    Overall this was a good article however, you really dropped the ball on #4 FOOD/WATER. Boiling water for more than a few seconds, no matter what the elevation, is a major waste as all pathogens are already dead by the time the water reaches a boil. It is a waste of time, fuel, the energy it took to collect the fuel and in some cases, the most tragic waste, lost water. To promote this myth is unthinkable.
    I see that it is a reprint of an article written by “Get Ready Industries” but that is not adequate excuse to continue to promote a myth that could have disastrous affects in a true survival situation.

    • Gary
      November 15, 2012

      Just for the general education of all.
      Water boils at 212 degrees F. at sea level. At 10,000 feet above sea level water boils at 100 degrees F.
      When I was in hvac school, the instructor boiled water at room temperature by pulling a vacuum on the container.
      Atmosphereic pressure determines when water boilers. The lower the pressure, the lower the boiling point of water.
      If only a few seconds of high temperatures was all that is needed to kill all bacteria I would not have had to go through hiv screening after a colonoscopy because the instruments involved had not been sterilized for the recommended amount of time in an autoclave.
      Adding a cover to the container will decrease the amount of time required to reach the boiling point, conserve heat and water. Most anything would work for a cover, even a piece of bark.

  2. Tad
    April 22, 2013

    According to the CDC, “Boiling can be used as a pathogen reduction method that should kill all pathogens. Water should be brought to a rolling boil for 1 minute. At altitudes greater than 6,562 feet (greater than 2000 meters), you should boil water for 3 minutes.”
    http://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/drinking/travel/backcountry_water_treatment.html

  3. Greg
    December 9, 2013

    IMO: Ten minutes is too long (I agree, water loss). Hinde site better safe than sorry. Three minutes is what i do, personally.
    My two cents: before boling drop a couple of small peices of the charcol from the fire in the water then strain and drink. Boiling dosen’t get rid of pesticides.

  4. Curt
    March 27, 2014

    I think you had better go back to chemistry. Water does not boil at 100 degrees at 10,000 feet. It is about 206 degrees. With your resoning if you were in a plane at 30,000 feet water would be boiling all the time and we would spontainiously combust as we are like 70% water.

  5. Norman
    April 10, 2014

    I have a Katadyn Vario water filter, do I need to boil water. I have never used one in-fact I haven’t had time to open the box.

  6. lloyd howell
    July 29, 2014

    boiling water is a must iodine tablets work but let them sit in water for 20minutes then shake it upadd flavour crystals after 20minutes iodine has a bitter taste dont use iodine if you have a seafood allergy i was a navy seal thats how i know

  7. Armysfdiver
    August 6, 2014

    Hi Norman, I would say no. I used the Katadyn while opening my security business in the Republic of South Sudan, and it worked like a champ for me. Unfortunely, the Katadyn filter was to filter about 200 gallons, because of the water from the White Nile, my filter only filtered about 50.. Thank God I brought spares during my 3 months there.

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