So I'm taking the plunge head first into hot wax dipping! I've read many a post about the subject and I believe it's a sound proven process. I'm construction my tank right now and BOY has it gotten big! I didn't want to do a piece at a time and spend my whole weekend standing over a hot vat in the summer heat. My vat will be capable of dipping 28 deeps, and 8 tops, bottom boards or stands in an hour. That's if I'm dipping them for 15 minutes. A hard working day and I'll be able to knock out around 196 deeps! (If you do the math you'll see I took an hour for lunch lol I wanna enjoy this!)
I've heard the concerns about safety and they're all warranted. I believe most people who undertake this endeavor underestimate the amount of money, thought, and time a project like this will entail. For example it took me two months of searching before I found a gum rosin supplier who would sale small quantities. The other problem was finding one that didn't charge me more for shipping and handling than the product itself. I've consulted a gas pipeline engineer who steered me in the right direction so I'll keep my skin and property looking the same for years to come. I went a little further than most and automated my system for temp control, auto ignition, and automatic gas shutoff valves. The parts are on order and headed my way. I should be cooking in a month. If anyone is interested in discussing it please reply. I'm not really interested in discussing if the practice or process is safe of healthy for the bees, it's too late for me to turn back now lol Let's move forward and discuss how you can go about building a safe set up for yourself and bee organization!