Re: Melting wax in 55 gallon drums.
We catch the capping from the spinner directly into the drum. The cappings are then placed on the loading dock on a stand. A burner from a fish cooker is placed under the drum. The drum is filled up with water untill the cappings have about two inches of water on top of them. The propane burner is lit and the wax is thus melted. The wax is ladled off into a concrete mixing mold-2.00 dollars-that can be had at any home depot. Forms about a 45 pound cake. When ten drums worth of wax has been melted the slum cake's bottoms are scapped and then melted a second time. There is not a third time, as there is not much to recover. The water from the first melt has some honey in it. It is scoarched and not fit for beefeed. BUT we have found a use for it. Some of it we strain and place it in a garden sprayer. IT IS VERY GOOD WEED CONTROL IN A BEEYARD. Any weed that you hit with this stuff dies. I think that the plants can not stand being coated in a sugary mess. We discovered this because we would pour out the drums to recover the slum cakes in the grass and the grass died and did not return. So it makes a good biodegradeable herbicide. Heck, I thought about bottling the stuff and selling it to the "green" minded people. Good Luck, I hope this helps. TED
Last edited by Ted Kretschmann; 10-20-2011 at 09:12 PM.
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