Jump to content
cBank

Melting down black comb

Recommended Posts

In the OA thread @Stoney mentions melting down black frames. How much wax does this get? I’ve got a some and having given it a try once, was going to just bury it, as I got so little wax. Maybe I need to try harder (and maybe hotter?).

what do others do?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

How much wax you get is all about scale. 

We send pallets of boxes and frames by the truckload to a company for rendering down. 

If you are doing the odd frame here and there it may take you a long time to build up any wax stock. 

 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Also the wax is really only any good for making candles and lip balm. So limited value. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I use a steam melter and it is quite surprising how much is retrievable.

 

Also good for waxing plastic frames.

 

  • Like 1
  • Good Info 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

it depends how you melt it. The Pupaes skins will soak up a lot of wax if you melt it "dry".

Steam and hot water will soak the skins and thus reduce the amount of wax wasted.

  • Good Info 3

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
1 minute ago, Christi An said:

it depends how you melt it. The Pupaes skins will soak up a lot of wax if you melt it "dry".

Steam and hot water will soak the skins and thus reduce the amount of wax wasted.

Yes.  If you use a solar melter, you retrieve very little wax.

Steam sure extracts it well.

  • Agree 2
  • Good Info 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I've tried boiling it in a stock pot and that gets it out, but in my experience it wasn't really worth the effort.

There wasn't a lot of wax in it and I wouldn't bother next time. 

  • Agree 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hi .. Get hold of a steam paper stripper, an eak and two hive boxes and the metal off a hive roof. 

Sit the eak in the up turned metal and drill a hole in the side the size of the pipe from your paper stripper.

Stack the boxes with frames in on the eak and put an unvented roof on top

 

Fill the steamer and leave it run.  later you will have wax, sterilized boxes and frames.

Put a mesh floor above the eak to prevent stuff dropping into your wax and make an

insulated cover/roof to quicken up the process.

Great way to kill of wax moth in infected hives, throw the gently steamed grubs to your birds.  The left over detritis will compost.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Please could you tell me what an ‘eak’ is?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

www.dave-cushman.net/bee/eke.html

 

Rational Eke. Eke. A spacer that gives extra height in a hive. In beekeeping terms an "Eke" is simply a spacer that goes between, over or under hive parts to create extra space for a number of reasons. Ekes are very versatile and quite interesting bits of kit.

  • Thanks 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
2 hours ago, cBank said:

Please could you tell me what an ‘eak’ is?

 

1 hour ago, tudor said:

www.dave-cushman.net/bee/eke.html

 

Rational Eke. Eke. A spacer that gives extra height in a hive. In beekeeping terms an "Eke" is simply a spacer that goes between, over or under hive parts to create extra space for a number of reasons. Ekes are very versatile and quite interesting bits of kit.

Certainly are versatile.  I use my top feeder rims as eke spacers.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
1 hour ago, tudor said:

www.dave-cushman.net/bee/eke.html

 

Rational Eke. Eke. A spacer that gives extra height in a hive. In beekeeping terms an "Eke" is simply a spacer that goes between, over or under hive parts to create extra space for a number of reasons. Ekes are very versatile and quite interesting bits of kit.

You learn something new every day. Before this if I had been asked what an Eke had to do with beehives I would have probably said it was the noise I made when a mouse jumped out unexpectedly.

  • Haha 7

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.


×
×
  • Create New...