Homemade wax melter

Discussion in 'Building plans, blueprints, and finished projects' started by BjornBee, Apr 3, 2009.

  1. BjornBee

    BjornBee New Member

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    This actually started as a hotbox that ended up killing all my plants. It is a box made from 2x6's, lined with black rubber, and covered with a double paned glass slider door. I placed a large cookie pan with comb on top, and was amazed how well it works. Large enough for at least two pans.

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  2. Judy in IN

    Judy in IN New Member

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    So, the 2x6s are lined with rubber, and the bottom is open?

    Where did you get the rubber?
     

  3. G3farms

    G3farms New Member

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    looks like rubber roofing
     
  4. BjornBee

    BjornBee New Member

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    Yes, it is rubber roofing.

    I use the stuff for a weed barrier in the yards.

    Don't know why I was not paying attention to this thread.... :oops:
     
  5. Hobie

    Hobie New Member

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    How do you then get the wax out of the pans? In my version, the wax drips onto water in a plastic paint bucket, so I just lift the disc of wax off and store it until whenever.

    Of course, my melter hasn't been working well lately. Kind of missing the "solar" part in this region.
     
  6. pkwilbur

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    I had a Double pane window on my wax melter. Inner pane cracked from excess heat. I should have drilled holes in the metal between the two panes. I took out the broken pane, now have single pane. I have another window in storage that fits also. Its a double pane, so if I ever need it I will then drill holes between. I like wheels on mine also so I can turn it toward the sun. Yes, I do get sun up here in Michigan.
     
  7. BjornBee

    BjornBee New Member

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    Hobie,
    I normally go out in the morning as the wax solidifies over night in cooler temps. Then I reload the pans and repeat in a few days. I have a screen over the pans that the frames and burr comb sit on. It melts and drains through and collects on the bottom side of the pan as the whole thing sits on a slope.
     
  8. Charles

    Charles New Member

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    A crack's not bad, I've seen a double pane blow out all the glass on one side from the built up heat. not purty :)