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  1. #1
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    Casn somebody tell me what is a in-expensive
    way to melt cappings ??
    Thanks,
    Zeke

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    T use a solar wax melter after the cappings are cleaned. the plans are on this board
    or you can use a double boiler with very low heat


    i use a solar wax melter

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    Clinton Bemrose

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    Those are both probably better methods than I use. I put them in a big pot and put them in the oven on low (less then 200 degrees). I keep a close eye on them and pull them out when they are melted. After the wax is hard I pull it off the top and pour off the honey. The honey ends up a bit dark, but makes ok bee food. The wax, then needs to be rendered so you can filter it etc.

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    Hi,

    For small lots of wax cappings try using a crock pot. It can be left unattended without worrying about burning the place down. Don't use your wifes!

    Clay

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    I got my Crock pot at the Salvation Army. Works great. I generally use a little waterin the pot and place another pot that has tapered sides in to hold the wax. I also use a nylon stoking for holding the wax, that way you can lift out any impurities. Dale

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    Guess I could never stand to waste the honey. Any other suggestions that would keep the honey good?

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    There was a good discussion on sci.agriculture.beekeeping
    way back in '95 on feeding heated honey to bees.

  8. #8
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    Hey All,
    thanks for the replys ,sounds like the crock pot or a solar melter is the way to go .
    i have another question, does the wax rise to top ??
    thanks
    Zeke

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    Yes the wax will rise to the top and the honey will mix with the water. Feed it back to your bees. Dale

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    I use the honey for cooking. Feeding it to the bees is a bit of waste in my view.

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    Robert Brenchley

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    not to keep dragging this on
    but i have a another question about the
    water leftover from boiling the cappings
    if i were to keep it to feed the bee's in winter how long will it keep ??
    i am a little curuios as to whether it will ferment ??
    Zeke

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    >There was a good discussion on sci.agriculture.beekeeping
    way back in '95 on feeding heated honey to bees.
    Could you give a synopsis? Was there a downside?

    >not to keep dragging this on
    but i have a another question about the
    water leftover from boiling the cappings
    if i were to keep it to feed the bee's in winter how long will it keep ??
    i am a little curuios as to whether it will ferment ??
    Zeke
    It will ferment.

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