Cleaning Old Wax

Discussion in 'Products of the Hive' started by onehorse, Jan 9, 2010.

  1. onehorse

    onehorse New Member

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    We got someold comb from the cutout that we did last summer. I have melted it down in a water bath and strained it a couple of times through a couple different types of cloth (cheese, rags, etc.), but I am still getting a dirty film on the top and the bottom of the cooled wax. What am I doing wrong or do you trim that off? Thank you!
     
  2. Hobie

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    The man who taught the first class I took swore by old sweatshirt material. I've had good luck with old comb in my Rube Goldberg solar melter using a heavy-duty "shop" paper towel. Of course, it seems 95% of that old black comb stays on top of the towel, and not much passes through.
     

  3. BjornBee

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    Use the old junk for firestarters.... :thumbsup:
     
  4. onehorse

    onehorse New Member

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    Now Bjorn! I can't do that, this is wax from our first ever cutout! I want to do something special with it, and, ummm, that wasn't exactly what I had in mind.
     
  5. Hobie

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    I understand! Just don't expect much quantity. I was astounded, and very disappointed, with my first cut-out, that most of the black comb just seemed to vanish into crud, leaving very little wax. Makes you wonder how it keeps its structure.
     
  6. BjornBee

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    Mold it into a ball, (optional: paint it), and then hang it as a Christmas tree ornament. You have it as a yearly reminder of that special day.... :Dancing:
     
  7. G3farms

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    :rolling: :rolling: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rolling: :rolling:

    G3
     
  8. BjornBee

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    In all honesty...I've never understood the whole "Lets make Christmas tree ornaments with beeswax" thing.
     
  9. Hobie

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    Maybe it harkens back to the days of having candles on the tree, and the smell of beeswax...?
     
  10. BjornBee

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    I bet all the way back to the last time someone used the word "harken"...... :lol:
     
  11. fatbeeman

    fatbeeman New Member

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    I use a 20 qt kettle with half full of water boil then pour thru a strainer push out the wax with a hive tool. into a 5 gal bucket leave harden then wax will harden and dirt settles scrap off the excess dirt after you do this save all the pattys then put new water in kettle;e about 2 inches from bottom then add all the cakes to it. soon as all melts pour into a bucket then you will get very clean wax final scrap from bottom bingo clean wax.
    I tried the shear curtains and coffee filters all the other messes this works and simple.
    Don