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## Re: Just some info

I dont think anyone is questiong that it takes energy to produce wax. The question is: how much energy, and how much does that energy rob from honey production? I have been around long enough to be able to repeat the "8 pounds honey per pound of wax" figure as well as anyone else. However, nobody can cite a reference. Where are the "experimental numbers"? Let's see them.

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## Re: Just some info

How about an energy equivalent approach?

From a bottle of honey in my cabinet, 1 gram of honey has 2.86 food calories.

I couldn’t find a number for beeswax, but the energy content of one gram of paraffin wax (close enough) is 42.0 kJ/g.
http://www.sciencebyjones.com/energy...nt_of_food.htm

There are 4.184 kJ per calorie (food calorie), so one gram of wax has about 10 food calories:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calorie

So 1 gram of wax = 3.5 grams of honey (10/2.68). Or 1 pound of wax = only 3.5 pounds of honey.

Discuss amongst yourselves…….

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## Re: Just some info

From what I understand, these studies saying it takes 7-10 pounds of honey to make a pound of wax involved feeding colonies of bees honey, and then measuring to see how much wax they produced.

These colonies were also raising brood, which consumed honey, but didn't produce wax. The adult bees were also eating honey to live on. It isn't like every bit of honey was used for wax production.

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