Re: a couple of complete newbie questions.
- Just don't use soap! Use hot water and clean everything good. Set it up and just put water in it the first time. Turn it up and let it run and distill some of that water thru it. Use a piece of stainless steel chain and vinegar to rinse out the boiler good. Use a gun cleaning rod with a copper brush on it and a rag wrapped around it then dipped in a bowl of vinegar to clean out the column. Do the vinegar cleaning every third or fourth run. The rest in between can just be hosed out with a hose.