The reason that I have joined this community, is to glean from the experience of beekeepers on how best to clean and filter the wax that we get to make our candles.
We had three monks at our monastery (about four months, ago), but now we have seventeen. We have to find the best way to filter our beeswax, since we have had to buy dirtier wax, because of the volume of wax that we are now needing to make the candles that we are producing. We are now using 3-4,000 pounds of wax...but we have to increase it toward 8,000 pounds, if not more.
Any help that people can provide...will be greatly appreciated.
We have a wax melter that uses gravity to separate the good from the bad wax...but unfortunately this is a slow process and inefficient process. We would like people to help us in our investigation of using pressure to filter the wax or maybe even using centrifugal force (if this is even possible to clean the wax).
We have used many types of cloth to filter the wax, but they do not last long and they also clog up with wax too quickly. We have tried many different meshes and have found that t-shirts are the best (so far).
We have also read about diatomaceous earth filters (though they are expensive), but have not known anyone that has used them...and if it uses gravity (which we would like to avoid).
Okay for now. Thank you for reading this note. Look forward to conversing.