Intro: Beexwax Can Be Cleaned in the Waterbath in a Crockpot. This Technique Will Prevent Boiling, and Spilling Wax on the Stove.
You will need the following items.
-1 slab of beeswax (you can get that from a local Bee Keeper.)
-1 Crook Pot filled with hot water. ( 2/3 of the crock pot is the most you should probably fill it)The Crock Pot, which allows foods to be cooked slowly over 8 hours , or quicker over 4 hours. ( The crock pot will also hold large slabs of over 2 lbs of unrendered beeswax)
-1 - 2 molds. I tried square soap molds and settled finally on a mini muffin pan
of silicone for the beeswax.
- The time which is needed .
A few hours to melt wax.
-1 older nylon compression stocking, this is going to filter out
any impurities , like pollen and parts of anything which do
not belong in the wax. This sock is carefully inserted into a large bell jar ( just an example )
=> the tip of the sock should never touch the cleaned filtered wax.
1 Container to collect the clean strained bees wax.
See picture above of my Crock Pot holding melted wax
There is a different method to seperate Cappings removed from the combs of the honey filled cells. and the beeswax. There is a different instructable for that.
Step 1: After the Crock Pot Has Melted the Beeswax Its Time to Filter the Wax
The Glass I used to filter the "dirty or untendered"bees wax into is a big bell jar.
The picture on this step is showing ( I did use the wrong filter, I used a thicker stocking, but it worked anyhow.)
the amount of waste, which was filtered out.
I am so glad I fitered.
Step 2: Molding Rendered Beeswax Into Useful Shapes
Above you see different forms of cleaned beeswax.On the left the flat yellow wax was left over in the filtered wax
after I poured it into the muffin pans. After It cooled, it literally fell off, and I remelted it into more mini muffin blocks. It also shows the difference between dirty ( large) and cleaned ( small ) block .
Second to the left picture shows my small packaged beeswax blocks. I do not sell.
Packaged and ready to store.
third from the left shows the cleaned wax left over on rendered flat wax on 1 st picture melted and ready to pour.
On the right my right picture is showing that every drop of beeswax is saved.
Step 3: Beeswax Has Lots of Uses
Beeswax can be used for many things
- you can waterproof boots with bees wax and
- season the inside and comb slats of bee hives and
- use to strenthen threads for sewing by hand.
BEESWAX IS AWESOME