ceramic water filter element

10:15 a.m. on August 2, 2004 (EDT)

how does the ceramic water filter element in filters like the MSR mini-works actually *work*?

8:40 a.m. on August 5, 2004 (EDT)
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In the most basic terms, the ceramic material is full of very small pores which allow water to pass through, but block most contaminants -- silt, bacteria, etc. The MSR filters (and presumably others) also contain an inner carbon filter which removes many chemical contaminants.

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