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Wednesday, September 01, 2010

The Solar Wax Melter Hard at Work

I used the solar wax melter to melt the wax from the Rabun County frames I robbed a couple of weeks ago. The wax comb in those frames was some old drawn comb I had given to these bees. What a difference there is in that comb and the freshly drawn comb of a foundationless frame! First the comb is tough and harder to crush and strain. Next it's dirty - see the photo below.

When the wax melter worked on this wax, the slum gum was extensive and burned and yucky.

Of course, the reward is the beautiful and lovely smelling wax that is the result of filtering through the paper towel to the water below. Isn't this pretty and I wish you could smell it!

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  1. Do you think it would work to set it up this way (wax over the paper towel) & melt it in the microwave? I don't have warm enough days for the solar system to work.

    Thanks ~Tam


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