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  1. #1
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    Default Solar wax melter

    Made something homemade with a black bucket, a piece of duct work, a some plexiglass. The melted wax dripped into a plastic container with old tee shirt material as filter. Added small amount of water to container to make removal of wax easy. Worked best at high noon with direct overhead sun for the two hours of melting.

    The waxmelter:



    Wax cappings



    2 hours later:


    final filtered product:



    Gail
    Last edited by gmick; 08-18-2009 at 07:46 PM. Reason: put photos back in

  2. #2
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    Default Re: Solar wax melter

    I also tried melting two bad frames (got wet and mold)
    frames at start:


    2 hours later:


    g
    Last edited by gmick; 08-18-2009 at 07:45 PM. Reason: put photos back in

  3. #3
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    Texas City, Tx
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    Default Re: Solar wax melter

    couldn't see the pictures. Can you repost?
    you must endeavor to persevere

  4. #4
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    Default Re: Solar wax melter

    just added photos back.
    sorry....just learning how to do this.
    g

  5. #5
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    Default Re: Solar wax melter

    Oh, I like it. I have a homemade one that I made with a styrafoam cooler (spray painted black) and a tub with water that has a paper towel on the top. Works great, but I like that metal tray. How did you make it? How is it attached? Also, is it double glass?
    "The greatest threat is our own staggering ignorance and cavalier treatment of the natural world to which we belong."

  6. #6
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    Default Re: Solar wax melter

    Thanks. I picked out a piece of retangular duct work from Homedepot and just banged it with a hammer until it bent and fit over the plastic black box. The metal tray held the cappings from 3 boxes. This time I just left the wax out on the uncapping tray and let the bees clean it up so I didn't have to wash or dry the crude wax first. Used a piece of thick acrylic for the top. Total cost was under $40. Your insulated cooler idea sounds good to.
    G

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