Wax... what is best way to melt/filter

Discussion in 'Products of the Hive' started by An-Nahl, Apr 8, 2009.

  1. An-Nahl

    An-Nahl New Member

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    Would like opinions on melting wax and cleaning/filtering?

    Pics go a long way if available...

    thank you in advance... always appreciate the help here...
     
  2. Iddee

    Iddee New Member

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    For small amounts, I have a 3 gallon pot with about 6 inches of water in it. I turn the burner to medium heat and throw all the scrape comb in, wires, pollen, dead brood, ETC. once it is melted I pour it through a paint strainer bag into a 5 gallon bucket and let it set overnight. Then I collect the hardened patty and store it.

    When I have 10 lb. or so, I put all the patties into the pot with about 1/3 pot of water. When it is melted, I pour it through another strainer and leave overnight.

    From there, you can take the semi-clean wax and melt and strain it to the point you want it.

    NEVER HEAT WAX ALONE. ALWAYS USE A DOUBLE BOILER OR AT LEAST HAVE WATER IN THE POT.

    NEVER POUR WATER ON A WAX FIRE.
     

  3. BjornBee

    BjornBee New Member

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    I do boil mine many times as iddee stated. But it also seems to lose a good amount of it's natural bee smell in doing so. I'm trying to use the solar melter as much as possible. Seems like it works well and retains its smell much better.
     
  4. dogsoldier13

    dogsoldier13 New Member

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    iddee's method worked perfect for me,again, the wise old man on the mountain has shared his vast knowledge of the way of the beek,thanks iddee