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Big Berkey's Work GREAT!!!
March 25, 2016
I just purchased this set of filters. All I can say is bravo.
Previously, I used the Propur G2.0 filters. They were a little less expensive, didn't need priming, and "did" the same thing. I became very unhappy with the Propur filters. They did not filter more than a gallon and a half per day. I called them to say the filters didn't work and they immediately sent me new ones no questions. But even those were unreliable. So, sticking with them, I bought another set a year later because they had changed their design to tall white "candles". But, those were very temperamental and took a "looooooong" time to start putting out water at a descent rate. If your asking, "why give them 3 chances?" I believed in what they did and who was selling the product.
Flash forward to now. I ordered my Berkey's, followed the online video instructions for proper priming, and BOOM instant functionality. While the priming process can be a bit of wet process it is very simple and straight forward. The only negative, was even after the 2 minute priming process, I still had to cycle the water 3 times before it ran clear. However, 3 cycles would equal about 6 gallons of water. That took these Berkey's about 2 to 2.5 hours. It took the Propur's a week to turn over that amount of water at the very beginning.
They are as good as advertised so far. Time will tell on their dependability.
The black filter cones need changing every 2 years. Which is awesome! Propur's need changing every year. The flouride/ arsenic add ons should be changed annually, which is no big deal as they are only 30-40 bucks.
If you are looking for a great product right out of that box that is built for longevity, Berkey filters are the way to go!