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    Default Maxant Bottling Tank Thermometer When Melting Wax?

    Q: What are those of you using Maxant bottling tanks for melting wax doing about the thermometer? Just installing a plug?
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    Default Re: Maxant Bottling Tank Thermometer When Melting Wax?

    Nobody?
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    Default Re: Maxant Bottling Tank Thermometer When Melting Wax?

    For me it just plugs the hole.

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    Default Re: Maxant Bottling Tank Thermometer When Melting Wax?

    I'm doing it right now. But, I've got no idea what you're asking.
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    Default Re: Maxant Bottling Tank Thermometer When Melting Wax?

    Quote Originally Posted by DirtyLittleSecret View Post
    Q: What are those of you using Maxant bottling tanks for melting wax doing about the thermometer? Just installing a plug?
    I don't have a Maxant bottling tank.

    But if you are concerned about the wax plugging up the thermometer, it shouldn't be an issue. As far as I can tell, the holes in the outer shell for the thermometer (and the external "water glass" that shows the water level) only extend through the outer shell, and do not penetrate the inner tank where the wax (and honey) sit.

    The inner tank is surrounded by a water jacket where the water is heated by the immersion heater. The honey or wax is heated indirectly by the water surrounding the inner tank. Technically, the thermometer would be showing the temperature of the water, not the wax/honey. But I expect that the water and the wax/honey would be very close to each other in temperature.

    Here is a look down into the tank ...

    that photo is linked from: http://www.chicago-industrial.com/Do...age-tank.html5
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    Default Re: Maxant Bottling Tank Thermometer When Melting Wax?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rader Sidetrack View Post
    do not penetrate the inner tank where the wax (and honey) sit.
    On mine the thermometer extends into the inside tank...actually measuring the temperature of the honey...or wax. I don't melt wax in mine. I don't understand why the thermometer is an issue.
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    Default Re: Maxant Bottling Tank Thermometer When Melting Wax?

    There's my confusion as well.
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    Default Re: Maxant Bottling Tank Thermometer When Melting Wax?

    Why would you want to remove the thermometer?

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    Default Re: Maxant Bottling Tank Thermometer When Melting Wax?

    See Jake at Maxant's comments about melting wax in their honey bottling tank here:
    http://www.beesource.com/forums/show...rs-by-candlers

    Quote Originally Posted by MAXANT View Post
    No problem. Fill it with hot water crank up the heat and flush it out!
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    Default Re: Maxant Bottling Tank Thermometer When Melting Wax?

    The thermometer actually goes all the way through to the inner chamber (for honey/wax) and if used for wax would get a good bit of sediment build up (the thermometer would be inaccurate if it had build up, etc). Just picked up a stainless plug to fill it for when rendering wax. Also ordered stainless ball valve/fittings to replace the NDV during wax.


    Quote Originally Posted by Rader Sidetrack View Post
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    Default Re: Maxant Bottling Tank Thermometer When Melting Wax?

    I think you are worried about a problem that doesn't exist. Just use it as is. I have done it a bunch of times. When you are finished, rinse with hot water and be done. Mo sediment, no problem. don't take a chance on messing up your threads or breaking your thermometer
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hiwire View Post
    I think you are worried about a problem that doesn't exist. Just use it as is. I have done it a bunch of times. When you are finished, rinse with hot water and be done. Mo sediment, no problem. don't take a chance on messing up your threads or breaking your thermometer
    Ray
    That's about the conclusion Ive come to even though the thermometer has to be removed to change valves for the wax (not gonna use the NDV for wax).

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    Default Re: Maxant Bottling Tank Thermometer When Melting Wax?

    Wow. Just leave the thermometer alone. Been melting in Maxant bottling tank for over 25 years. Never had any problem with anything messing up temp gauge. You don't need a SS valve when doing wax. You do need to change you NDV to a ball or gate valve. Clean up is ever easy when the tank is still warm.

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