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I began this blog to chronicle my beekeeping experiences. I have read lots of beekeeping books, but nothing takes the place of either hands-on experience with an experienced beekeeper or good pictures of the process. I want people to have a clearer picture of what to expect in their beekeeping so I post pictures and write about my beekeeping saga here. Along the way, I've passed a number of certification levels and am now a
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Monday, October 09, 2006

The Solar Wax Melter Goes to Work

Last night I left the wax defrosting on a paper towel-lined cookie sheet. This morning I piled wax on top of my paper towel covered Tupperware container. You can see that there is about a 2 inch depth of water in the bottom of the Tupperware.

I set the wax contraption down into the insulated box.

Next I put the glass top, with the edges protected with duct tape, on top of the box.

I set the whole thing on my front garden walk where there is direct sun for most of the day. As I look at the picture, I'm wondering if the melter would be more effective if I had also painted the inside of the box black....hmmmm.

We'll see what happens.

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