Step 7: Melting Wax

Picture of Melting Wax
The Solar Wax Melter is easy to use.  In the morning of a bright, sunny day, place a few chunks of comb on the screen.  Adjust the orientation of the box throughout the day so that it tracks the sun.  The wax should melt fastest between 10 am and 2 pm. We are able to melt a full comb in 10 minutes during the hottest hours of the day.

It is a good idea to place a few small stones on the lid to help hold the plastic against the rim of the inner box, making a good seal. The box should obtain temperatures of 200 degrees F or more.

When the wax has melted, remove the pan and pop out your chunk of wax.  You can continue to add comb to build up a large chunk of wax for storage or projects.