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Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Solar Wax Melter needs Higher Temps

Sad to say, no pictures of beautifully melted wax.

My solar wax melter will work, I am assured by DuRant W., a seasoned beekeeper in the Metro Beekeepers Association. However, wax melts at about 145 degrees Farenheit and the temperature in Atlanta must go over 80 degrees for that to be achieved in the solar wax melter.

We have had lovely fall days in Atlanta recently, with cool nights and the daytime temperature in the low 70s. Consequently, my solar wax melter cannot get hot enough to melt the wax.

I've decided to do one of two things: wait until next summer in the Hotlanta temperatures to melt my wax, or look for a used double boiler in a second hand store and melt the wax that way.

What that really means is that I will probably not give friends beeswax candles for Christmas this year!

1 comment:

  1. Hi Linda. I thought your video and explanation of the solar wax melter was great. I went to try mine today and it was not warm enough.

    So, I improvised and took it inside and simply hung a heat-lamp about 10" over the top of it and it worked great. Of course it will take some power to run the light, but if you ever want to melt some wax too late in the season, you can try it.

    2Wheeler (David)

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