Detailed review of the Big Berkey water filter

I will be adding here my experiences with the Big Berkey water filter with two black filter elements.


When the package was delivered I was surprised with how small it was. This was because the upper tanks fits in the bottom tank. The Big Berkey IS Big.


Honestly there is no need to read any instructions; assembling is intuitively obvious. Perhaps you need to understand what is meant by "priming" the black filter element. All there is to it is to allow low pressure water to flow into the filter, to force out air from the pores of the filter.Yes you need a rubber ring whcih you will wear on the filter mouth, and then apply it against your kitchen faucet. The simple rubber ring looks like a washer; this ring is called "priming tool", how extravagant.

Advice in priming the Berkey black filter element
Turn your faucet only a little, low pressure is needed. Wait, be patient till you see the filter "sweating".
Be patient till the entire outer surface of the filter is "sweating". Next rinse the sweat under the faucet and screw the filter in the holes at the bottom of the upper tank. Next block with the provided rubber plugs any unused holes (if you buy four filters there is no need to use the plugs).
Next attach the spigot on the bottom whole.

Oh yes, the handle of the lid of the upper tank; you do not need instructions to attach it.

You may ask me questions as comments below, and I will do my best to answer them.

That is all.


Fill up a big pot with water (tap or lake or river) and pour it onto the top tank. Repeat till it is COMPLETELY full.You will hear the water dripping into the bottom tank. In a matter of minutes there is plenty of water filtered. Do not drink the first batch! I discarded the first 3 batches, you can do this in a few hours. Then the big moment! Taste the water. A revelation! I have been using all kinds of water filters, the Big Berkey beats them all. Not only in taste. Lab tests show it to be perfect in filtering down so many toxic substances.

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