Re: beeswax pastilles (pellets)
The URL in post #7 doesn't work - there are 3 "L"s instead of 2 "L"s. Here is a working link:
However, the method offered at that link results in beeswax "blobs" rather than uniform pellets.
I don't know how wax pellets are typically made in the modern industrial world. But the issues in making round pellets out of molten beeswax are similar to those faced by 18th century bullet makers. Their solution was the drop tower, where "drops" of molten material were dropped into a pool of water. Due to the height of the tower, surface tension formed the drop into a mostly round form by the time it hit the cooling water.
A number of these drop towers still exist as historical artifacts in the US and other places around the world. See the link for more info.
And as a special Christmas treat, a paper on a modern (2004) method of making wax pellets in a specialized machine version of a drop tower - it appears to be less than 6 ft tall:
Last edited by Rader Sidetrack; 12-24-2013 at 06:54 AM.
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USDA Zone 7A Elevation 1400 ft