Melting Wax

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Thanks for the tips guys  i have been using an old copper and boiling water dipping the frames in melting the wax then you let it cool down change the water and put the dirty wax in a cloth bag and re boil all the crap stays in the bag and you end up with clean wax floating on top let it cool down again cut out and its right to be moved on. i also put the clean frames in a freezer for a couple of days just to make sure everything is gone. this is a slow process your ways sound much quicker this is the way my pop showed me how to do it. 

Do as pop showed you:)

I have been using an stainless steel sink for a solar wax melter. It sits in an insulated box with a pan underneath to catch the melted wax. To filter the wax I lay a piece of paper towel on some screen and sit it over the hole in the sink. The entire thing gets covered  with a piece of glass from a screen door to keep the heat in. I run old nasty brood comb through it and get enough wax to make it worth while as long as I don't overload it. For older brood comb it only takes 2 pieces of deep comb at a time so it's a little slow but I'm still getting 3 or 4 ounces per run.  All the scrapings and burr comb get tossed in and processed. I've found that it's important to remove the old slumgum between runs, if there's too much built up the wax doesn't melt all the way.
   If I'm trying to melt a bigger block of wax I've found placing a small piece of metal that's been painted black on it really helps get the heat where it's needed.

Not sure which state the OP is in but a solar heater will not work here in winter. Personally I will freeze all my wax accumulated after packing down the hives and wait until spring or summer to melt in my SWM but if clean wax is needed wintertime, which I think was the actual question, I have used the stove top with a large pot of water with a smaller pot with the wax inside it. I have heard bees wax should not be heated above 80?C which is easier to control on a stove top than a solar wax heater too.

One of the nice things about using a solar wax melter using a bottom filter dripping into a pan below is that once the wax is hot enough to melt, it drops into the pan below out of the sun, it starts to cool. You can tell this because the wax builds up in layers and does not melt to the point that the impurities separate out. They are locked in the middle. Also the bottom of wax is not flat, usually it is little balls stuck together.
Jim Altmiller


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