Special offer for readers from St. Paul Mercantile

Friday, August 5, 2011, 1:36 PM

Based on the demand seen for the exclusive discount (now expired) we were able to obtain for readers back in June from The Ready Store, we're now introducing a new exclusive offer for our readers from St. Paul Mercantile.

The swiftness of the recent lurch down in the financial markets provides a sobering reminder that increasing your level of personal resiliency against unpredictable change is always a good thing. In that spirit, we set out to get our readers an exclusive deal on the most fundamental resource: potable water.

For the rest of this month, St. Paul Mercantile will offer users 10% off it's most popular stainless steel and plastic ceramic water filters. These are highly-effective, highly-dependable solutions that ensure your family will be able to create safely potable water under virtually any conditions.

Specifically, St Paul Mercantile is offering us:

  • 10% off all Doulton Stainless Steel Filters (these are the new filter bodies with 4 holes and 2 heavy-duty plugs for those who want to use fewer than 4 candles at a time)
  • 10% off Aqua Cera Plastic Body Filters, plus a free upgrade to 10” ceramic candles (in other words, purchase an Aqua Cera 4-candle filter at the website price for the 7” candle model and get a 10% discount plus free upgrade to 10” candles)
  • Free shipping on all replacement candle orders  (Continental USA Only)

Click here to take advantage of this offer, exclusive to readers.

Many of you may recognize St. Paul Mercantile as one of the providers linked to from our site's popular What Should I Do? guide (which we strongly recommend you brush up on if it has been a while since you've last read it). Given water's criticality to life, there's good reason securing your water supply is this guide's recommended Step 1.

Here's the excerpt from the guide that speaks to these water filters:

Clean, Clear, Potable Water

I have never yet had to worry about water availability because each place I've lived has had potable surface water nearby.  Our current house has a deep well, but I plan to invest in an additional shallow well by drilling down 80 to 90 feet to a water-holding gravel layer that sits under our land.  To this shallow well, we'll attach both a windmill (for relatively continuous pumping for gardening purposes) and a hand pump capable of drawing from that depth.  We will also be installing rainwater catchment systems to our gutters.

Clean and abundant water is critical for sustaining life, no matter what your standard of living.  Some lucky folks have natural springs, streams, or other bodies of water on their property, which can greatly ease the issue of water access in times of emergency.  But the emphasis here for everyone, even if you've got water right out your front door, is on cleanliness.  

So perhaps now you have stored water or have access to a natural source of water.  But how can you be certain that this water is safe to drink?  Fortunately, that's easy.

Our family uses a ceramic filter based on proven technology that can render even the most foul pond water into clean, pure drinking water.  It has no moving parts - you just pour water in and let gravity do the rest.  There's an upper reservoir with filters in it connected to a lower tank.

We happen to use the Doulton filter (more popularly known as the Big Berkey), which also is the filter that appears to be most preferred by members of the community:

Doulton Filter with Two 7-inch Ceramic Candles

  • Ceramic filters are extremely efficient at removing particulates and bacteria, and are very long-lasting.
  • Water filters through at approximately two quarts per hour.
  • Each 7" ceramic candle will filter 535 gallons each (replace candles yearly if using on a continual basis).

This filter removes all bacteria, all other little critters, and even a host of noxious chemicals.  We even use it to treat our otherwise perfectly safe well water right now, because it removes even slight impurities and improves the flavor.  But having this process be part of our daily life also gives us familiarity and practice in using this system of water filtration.

Knowing that our family will always have clean drinking water, no matter what economic or weather emergency may arise, adds to our resilience.  It also gives us a peace of mind that is invaluable.

We like the Doulton in the stainless steel model because it sits in our kitchen exposed to light.  If it were transparent, algae and other photosynthetic critters would eventually grow in the tank and shorten filter life by gumming them up.  Metal doesn't let the light through and thus keeps the water cleaner.

But the stainless model is a bit pricey (beginning at $178 + S&H), and some folks prefer to buy and stash a cheaper model to be pulled out only under emergency conditions.  If this is your plan, long-term algae growth is not a concern.

For infrequent emergency use, we recommend the Aqua Cera plastic water filter

with Doulton ceramic candles, which is currently priced at $128 + S&H.

  • Uses the exact same ceramic candle filters as the Doulton model.
  • Water filters through at approximately two quarts per hour – throughput can be materially increased by adding more ceramic candles (up to five).
  • Clear surface makes it easier to see how much water you’re using up as you go. 

We hope these special offers continue to arrive as a welcome boon to those looking to add to their current preps and increase their personal resiliency to what the future may hold. Based on the positive feedback received to date, we'll continue working to obtain more. If there are particular offers you'd like to see in the future, please let us know in the Comments section below.



Full disclosure: Based on our existing relationship with St. Paul Mercantile, will receive a small commission if you purchase through this special offer. This will not impact the price you pay (in fact,as the offer states, you're getting an exclusive price discount not available to the public-at-large). The proceeds we received will be immediately invested to fund new features and functionality for this site.

We’d also love to hear any feedback based on your firsthand experience with the products and vendors that we recommend through these special offers (and elsewhere on this site). Our goal is to ensure that we’re doing our utmost to offer the best guidance for utility, value, and service.

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AKGrannyWGrit's picture
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Alaska really IS part of the North American Continent so when a company says "Continental USA Only" Alaska should be included in their pricing plans.  What St. Paul Mercantile should have (and I am sure meant to say) is "Contiguous USA Only" which would then exclude Alaska and Hawaii from their free shipping. 

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Link is broken

The link to the St. Paul Mercantile site is broken - I believe at their end.

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Adam Taggart
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Link working again

St Paul Mercantile experienced site issues yesterday. The issue has been resolved and the special offer link provided above is now working again.

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Re: Special offer for readers from St. Paul

Just placed my order before the offer expires tomorrow.

Thanks CM team for this promotion!


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