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Offline johnnie1uk

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Melting point
« on: June 14, 2014, 04:42:28 pm »
Any one any experience of wax foundation melting, what air temperatures were you experiencing.
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Offline amun-ra

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Re: Melting point
« Reply #1 on: June 15, 2014, 09:17:26 am »
happened in southern australia last year the temps where 40-45c the wax softenes and can no longer support the weight of the honey it contains so colapses drowning the bees in their own honey  or so the story goes
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Offline johnnie1uk

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Re: Melting point
« Reply #2 on: June 15, 2014, 11:37:02 am »
Thanks for that info - It was 38c here yesterday so fingers crossed their Aircon was on
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Re: Melting point
« Reply #3 on: February 10, 2016, 06:05:50 pm »
Bees keep the internal temp at 34*C so 38 would be OK - wax melts at 62*C
« Last Edit: February 10, 2016, 09:10:07 pm by Wombat2 »
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Re: Melting point
« Reply #4 on: February 10, 2016, 08:00:36 pm »
>Any one any experience of wax foundation melting, what air temperatures were you experiencing.

It can happen almost anytime if it's left in the sun.  If you go here: http://www.bushfarms.com/beesterms.htm#b and look at the entry for beeswax you will see the melting point of beeswax is 145?F (63?C).
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