Welcome - Explore my Blog

I've been keeping this blog for all of my beekeeping years and I am beginning my 19th year of beekeeping in April 2024. Now there are more than 1300 posts on this blog. Please use the search bar below to search the blog for other posts on a subject in which you are interested. You can also click on the "label" at the end of a post and all posts with that label will show up. At the very bottom of this page is a list of all the labels I've used.

Even if you find one post on the subject, I've posted a lot on basic beekeeping skills like installing bees, harvesting honey, inspecting the hive, etc. so be sure to search for more once you've found a topic of interest to you. And watch the useful videos and slide shows on the sidebar. All of them have captions. Please share posts of interest via Facebook, Pinterest, etc.

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.Master Beekeeper Enjoy with me as I learn and grow as a beekeeper.

Need help with an Atlanta area swarm? Visit Found a Swarm? Call a Beekeeper. ‪(404) 482-1848‬

Want to Pin this post?

Saturday, July 07, 2007

Pouring a block of wax

I've had such lovely wax from my solar wax melter that I decided to try to pour a block of wax to enter in the Metro Atlanta Beekeeper's competition in September. The rules for the competition state that a wax block should be 1 - 2 inches thick - not more than 2 - and weigh 2 pounds or more. I had 48 ounces of gorgeous beeswax to melt.

I melted the wax in the double boiler that I recently purchased on EBay....not exactly. I won the auction for two different double boilers on EBay for this purpose, but when they arrived both were so much better than my old double boiler that I designated it the wax double boiler.

In reading about wax blocks for competition, I found out that it is easy for a block this size to crack. The challenge is to make the block cool into a solid block with no cracks. I found two pages describing getting a wax block ready for a contest. One is here and the other is here.

Both articles cited above say to put the mold for the wax block into a hot water bath so that it can cool really gradually. I wiped the inside of the pan mold with soap soaked into a paper towel. I set the pan in the large roasting pan that I use for harvesting honey and poured water that was about 170 degrees around the pan. In this shot you can see the clear wax in its pan with the edges beginning to solidify.
In this picture you can see that the top is beginning to solidify. "No vibrations," is a prerequisite of not cracking the block so I tiptoed around the kitchen. In the above picture, you can see the wavy pattern on top of the pan. Hope that doesn't mean something vibrated!

In this last shot, the water is cool to the touch and the wax is getting harder. If you double click on the picture above, you can clearly see that there is hardening around the edges, but not in the center. I'll wait until some time tomorrow to take it out of the mold.
Posted by Picasa

No comments:

Post a Comment

Pin this post


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...