How long does it take to melt cappings?

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  1. srvfantexasflood

    srvfantexasflood New Member

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    I know this sounds like a 4 year old on a long car drive (are we there yet?). How long does it take to melt cappings?
    I put my cappings in a metal bowl over a pan of boiling water for about an hour with no sign of melting. I gave up for the night, fearing I might fall asleep with that on the stove. I guess I was expecting the wax to melt as quickly as chocolate.:grin:
     
  2. PerryBee

    PerryBee New Member

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    If you use a double boiler set-up it should only take a short while to start melting.
    Partially fill your bigger pot with water, place a trivet in it and then set your smaller pot with the wax on the trivet, making sure the water comes up a few inches on the inner pot. Bring the water in the bigger pot to a soft boil and you should see results quickly.
     

  3. ApisBees

    ApisBees Active Member

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    An old garage sale crock pot works good for melting wax the clay pot inside the cooking part acts like a double boiler. And they are cheep look in the classified section for garage sales this weekend and with a short drive from your home you will have one in no time.Where talking 2 to 5 bucks in price. You can set the temp at 145* but watch and check the temp the first time cause the scale on some pots are not that accurate.
    Beeswax has a high melting point range of 62 to 64 °C (144 to 147 °F). If beeswax is heated above 85 °C (185 °F) discoloration occurs. The flash point of beeswax is 204.4 °C (399.9 °F).
    And for all you guys out there Don't even think about using your wife's cause you will never get it clean enough for her to use again.
     
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    " Don't even think about using your wife's cause you will never get it clean enough for her to use again."

    Been there...........done that.......:doh:
     
  5. srvfantexasflood

    srvfantexasflood New Member

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    I think I have this figured out now. Melted some cappings I had in the freezer dated 2009. Beautiful wax, if I say so myself. I just completed my first batch of lip balm and am waiting for it harden. I must make a mental note to myself. The coconut oil container is extremely slippery if you dribble oil down the sides. :eek: