Another post in the water sub series in the main off the grid series of posts.
Looks as though the new interface with the tea kettle is as bad or worse than the old interface. It seals okay, but there is some contamination somehow. It shouldn't be happening, but something is definitely happening, and this is the likely culprit.
This concludes these experiments. It wasn't to be a serious device anyway.
I learned that using non-contaminating materials is important. Perhaps even crucial. The commercial device which uses stainless steel could be the ticket.
This has implications for the solar device. What do you use in the solar device, which won't contaminate the distillate? Perhaps you could use some stainless steel. Painting the device is probably not a good idea. Anything that contacts the water must be pretty stable and non-toxic.
Perhaps this experiment was worth what I learned.