Rendering Wax

Discussion in 'Beekeeping' started by james dilley, Jul 17, 2005.

  1. james dilley

    james dilley Well-Known Member Supporter

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    How do you render your wax?? We use The platic type containers that you get at the dollar store and set it outside about 8 hrs and its melted ,That works pretty good here ..I guess it would be called Solar on the cheap.
     
  2. Terri

    Terri Singletree & Weight Loss & Permaculture Moderator Staff Member Supporter

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    When I rendered wax in the winter time, I just put the bits into an old pillow case and lowered in into boiling water.

    Now that it is summer, I am looking at how hot the cars are getting inside, and I am thinking that solar might be really good.
     

  3. justgojumpit

    justgojumpit Well-Known Member

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    I use a very simple solar wax melter. Two medium supers are stacked on top of a top cover. They are not really all that dark in color (one green, one yellow, so they should even out as to darkness) Inside is a bucked with an old pillowcase taped over the top. Wax goes on the pillowcase to melt. A sheet of plexiglass is placed over the top of the supers. Works super!

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  4. Beeman

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    For dirty equipment or real old combs I boil a tub of water on an outdoor cooker and throw the stuff in. Then pour it off into coffee cans to cool. Wax solidifies on the top and I have nice round cakes of wax.
    i just built a solar melter using a couple of old supers. I double glazed the top with glass and made a tray that drips into a bread pan. It melts and cleans the wax real good.