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  1. #1
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    Default Presto Pot Question

    I have had my presto pot now for about 2-3 weeks and I love it.

    A few questions: it has been mentioned here that when I am done poring the candles, I want to either let the wax harden in the presto pot or take all the wax out and let it harden. The reason being that it has been mentioned that you shouldnt leave the wax in there as is when you turn on the presto pot.

    When I bought my presto pot, I talked with the lady who makes them and mentioned this to here and she said that leaving the wax in there should be ok.

    Any thoughts?
    Chef Isaac..Culinary Arts and Honey are a sweet mix! http://www.sweetascanbeehoneyfarm.com & http://www.adoptahive.info

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    Default Re: Presto Pot Question

    we have two of them and leave the wax in. over time some junk does build up and settle to the bottom so every so often, 20 uses or so clean it out.

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    Default Re: Presto Pot Question

    sometimes I drain all of the wax into my pouring pot and wipe off the bottom of the presto, then pour the wax back in for next time around. If I have bottoms to finish on my tapers, I empty the presto pot.

  4. #4
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    Default Re: Presto Pot Question

    anyone use a little water in their presto pot?
    Chef Isaac..Culinary Arts and Honey are a sweet mix! http://www.sweetascanbeehoneyfarm.com & http://www.adoptahive.info

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    Default Re: Presto Pot Question

    Chef,

    I have put water in my presto, but I don't any more. My wax is very clean but there will be a small amount of sediment that will settle to the bottom. I originally put water there but sometimes I need a little more wax to fill a mold and want to just tip the put a little to get some more wax out. I can't do that easily with water in the pot.

    Now I usually just leave the bottom wax in the pot add more wax for my next batch of candles. When I want to clean it, I pour off the clean wax into a spare mold and then pour the dirty wax into a separate mold. I will take the dirty wax back to the solar melter next summer. Then I wipe the presto out.

  6. #6
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    Default Re: Presto Pot Question

    Could somebody please tell me what a " Presto" is? Sounds interesting. I would love to make dipped candles ( rather then rolled) but have no idea what equipment is required and this Presto looks like part of the deal

    Max2 ( from Australia)

  7. #7
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    Default Re: Presto Pot Question

    A Presto pot is basically an electric deep fryer with a valve added.

    http://www.prestopotwaxmelter.com/

    I don't think it will work for dipped candles -- unless they're short ones. It's extremely handy for working with wax. We don't use any water in it and leave wax in it between uses. It will need cleaned out now and then, but not too often as the outlet is not right on the bottom and gives the sediment a place to build up. The internal surface is non-stick so any sediment wipes right up with no scrubbing required.

    The biggest advantage is the temperature control feature makes a double boiler unnecessary, but the controller does go up to about 400 which is dangerously high. We never use it over 250.

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    Default Re: Presto Pot Question

    Thanks, GaSteve,
    I have written to them to see if they ship to Australia ( we have 240 V).

    I would love to see a small set-up to make dipped candles

    thanks

    max

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    Default Re: Presto Pot Question

    If you are somewhat handy, it's easy to alter them yourself. You just need to have the proper size drill bit and a pipe tap. I've made a few for myself and other people.

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