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09-02-2005, 08:57 AM
When your repalcing old black comb from a hive is there any use for it? Can it be melted down to wax or should it just be thrown away?

09-02-2005, 09:15 AM
Yes you can sell it as is to a bee store or you will get more $$ for it if you render it. Use a two boiler approach. That is one large kettle filled with water and another one inside the first one with wax in it. Let it melt down and strain it thru some cloth. Another way is to make or buy a solar wax melter and that will also give good wax.
Try contacting some of the bee supply places to see if they have a minimum amount of pounds they want.

Michael Bush
09-02-2005, 12:24 PM
You can melt it down. There usually isn't much wax in it by the time you filter out the cocoons.

With a press you can usually get most of the wax out. Without one there just isn't much to get out.

09-02-2005, 12:54 PM
What happens to the bees if you never change the old comb out? Do they cells eventually get too small due to the number of cocoons and the bees leave the hive?

What do they do in the wild? Clean them out?

Michael Bush
09-02-2005, 01:06 PM
>Do they cells eventually get too small due to the number of cocoons and the bees leave the hive?

They get smaller down to some threshold and then the bees chew them back out up to some upper threshold.

09-02-2005, 05:18 PM
Like Mike said they will chew it out. In the wild they seldom get that far. It is recomended to change your combs every 3-5 years. This will keep the deseases down and also keep wax moths out. They like real black comb.

09-03-2005, 02:10 PM
I toss my comb in hot water instead of the double boiler. I heat and stir it all together, then pour through a T-shirt to filter. When the water and wax cools, the wax is all on the surface.

Does this add water to my wax? Or does it all seperate?

Michael Bush
09-03-2005, 08:22 PM
Wax and water don't mix. But some of the minerals in the water will will make a kind if scum with the water and wax. Not a lot and no big loss.