Berkey Instructions

Contents: 1 – Upper Chamber (has holes for the filters) 1 – Lower Chamber (has a hole for the spigot) 1 – Spigot Kit which contains: Spigot Black Washer White (or Black) Beveled Washer Black Nut 1 – Lid 1 – Lid Knob with Screw 2 to 8 – Filters (will have as many as […]

The Hows & Whys of Berkey Filter Lifespans

There are a lot of variables in this topic, so I thought we could get into a bit more detail in addressing some of those factors relating to the lifespan of the Berkey filters. What is the lifespan of a Berkey filter? The first thing to note is that the “lifespan” of the Berkey filters, […]

Identifying Black Berkey Filter Problems

When your new Black Berkey filters arrive (maybe in a shiny stainless steel Berkey unit!), it’s definitely cause for excitement! You know you’re about to experience some of the purest water on the planet. We don’t want any little glitches that may occur in the set-up process to discourage you; it’s good to remember that […]

How to Clean Berkey or Berkefeld Filters

If your flow rate has slowed, your first plan of action should be a simple cleaning procedure. More often than not this will have an immediate helpful effect on your flow rate. You will need: -Water -A Scotch Brite (or similar) all-purpose non-metal scrubbing pad (a toothbrush works, also) Empty any water from the Berkey […]

Filter Lifespan: How Long Do Berkey Filters Last?

Another common question we get is How long do my Berkey filters last? That’s a great question! Let’s start by clarifying that we carry two different types of primary filters for the Berkey system: the Black Berkey purifiers and the Berkefeld Super Sterasyl ceramic filters. (Read more about the differences between the two here.) These […]

The Secret to Finding Safe Water When Traveling

Keeping hydrated while you travel often presents a challenge. Even more so if you have standards for the quality of water you want to be putting into your body. Drinking water from public water fountains has never really been on my radar. My mom warned me against it in my youth, graphically describing how germs […]

Difference Between Black Berkey and White Ceramic Filters

Many folks often ask us what the difference is between the Black Berkey water filters and the white Super Sterasyl ceramic filters. Good question. The ceramic filters were developed long before the Black Berkey purifiers were, so the Black Berkeys have come along and improved upon the concept. Both filters will: Remove pathogenic bacteria Remove […]

Priming Black Berkey Filters In Undeveloped Areas

Whether it’s a backbacking trip, a weekend campout, or a survival scenario, the Black Berkey filters are particularly suited for use in areas where the only water source might not be immediately clean enough to drink without the use of a filter. The quality of the filtration through the Black Berkey filters is unparalleled.  But […]

Berkey Filters and TDS Meters

  Many of our customers have written in asking why their new TDS meter does not register much of a change between their pre-filtered water and the post-filtered water.  This is actually normal, and the answer has to do with what a TDS meter actually measures.  According to TDSmeter.com, “Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) are the […]

How Much Arsenic Does My Berkey Filter?

How much arsenic does a typical Berkey system filter out? According to the manufacturer and the testing they have done (using outside companies), the Black Berkey purifiers will take out >99% of the arsenic from the water. If combined with the PF-2 fluoride / arsenic reducers, the result is an even higher level of arsenic […]

2012 Christmas Specials

Looking for a few last minute items for Christmas? Why don’t you replenish those Berkey Filters! Our PF-2 fluoride filters are on sale for $37.50 a pair! That’s almost half off the full retail price. The manufacturer recommends changing them after 1000 gallons of use per PAIR of filters. That may come sooner than you […]

How Long Do Berkey Filters Last?

A common question we get is, “How long do my Berkey filters last?”. That’s a great question! The manufacturer recommends that they be changed out every 3000 gallons. So, when you use 2 filters in your system, that means you should only change them out every 6000 gallons. Each filter can handle 3000 gallons and […]