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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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Thursday, August 28, 2008

...But Who's Counting??

I own a lot of 8 inch brownie pans. The funny thing is that to make the brownie recipe I really like, I use a 9 X 14 pan. Why do I have all of these pans? It all has to do with the bees. I like striving to make a great prize-winning type wax block with my wax at the end of bee season.

However, after a brownie pan has been used a couple of times, it starts to develop characteristic problems. For example, see the three pictures below.

The first picture shows wax that adheres to the side of the pan so that the block doesn't drop out cleanly. This happens despite my using PAM or dish washing liquid to lubricate the sides of the pan.

The picture below is of an even worse example of the wax adherence. The block was otherwise perfect so I was quite disappointed.

And below you can see a little divot in the top corner of the block. Who knows why that appeared. Maybe there was a pool of PAM at that point or the wax all around the divot area hardened quicker than the center.

Who knows why it's so hard to pour a perfect (or at least close to perfect) wax block? I've now poured this attempt at making the block seven (7) times. But who's counting?
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  1. Anonymous10:07 PM

    7 Times! So does it matter whether you use glass or metal? I would think glass would have less ability to warp.


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