Re: Fresh wax question!!!!
I melt my wax in a solar melter I made out of an old ice chest. It was an old aluminum ice chest made by Coleman.
I took a circular carbide metal cutting disc and cut out the middle of the top chest lid leaving 1.5 inches around the edges.
I cut out a piece of plexi glass to the outside edge dimensions of the chest lid, and predrilled and screwed the plexi to the lid using 3/4" screws with some high temp gasket sealer between the surfaces of the plexi and the chest lid border.
I used an 8 frame queen excluder in the bottom of the solar chest so I get a flat level surface in the bottom when the chest is tilted towards the sun.
On this Qexcluder tray, I set a large pot with 1" water in the bottom. Into this pot I put my wax material inside a paint strainer bag.
The wax melts out clean, the paint strainer bag catches all the junk, the melted wax floats on top of the water. When cool, the wax will shrink away from the sides of the pot and you can remove it.
20+ years, raise my own queens, feed when needed, I treat but have not perfected varroa management yet.