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The emphasis on fire and boiling water is all about making safe water.
It’s not well known but people water had cryptosporidium and other waterborne pathogens were present in the waters of America even when Jamestown was settled. They were not things that people didn’t think about even back then. It was still a threat.
Drinking dirty water could cause you to really suffer so we have to be thorough in boiling and treating water. To do this we have to have a means of boiling water.
What if you don’t have a container that can withstand the heat of your fire?
Boiling with Rocks
You might not know it but you can heat up rocks and add them to a captive water source to boil water. These rocks will need to be sat around your fire until they are very hot.
They will carry the heat from your fire and when dropped into something like a wooden, improvised container or something else, it can clean your water by killing pathogens.
This method works best with smaller quantities of water. You will find that the water boils almost instantly as you add the rocks. It’s a quick process and very effective.
1-2 cups of water are what you want to work within this method. If you use too much water the rocks will not boil the water and it will be ineffective.
After you use the rocks to boil your water you may want to filter your water. This doesn’t have to be through something fancy.
A simple shemagh or face cover can act as a simple filter to eliminate sediments or other small bits that might make the water less palatable.
Managing your water is vital and you need to have an arsenal of methods and means to prepare safe drinking water.