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  1. #21
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    Default Re: Bulk Tank Cappings Melter

    One isn't really a commercial beekeeper until one has had a fire. Half sarcastic.
    Mark Berninghausen
    Squeak Creek Apiaries



  2. #22
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    Default Re: Bulk Tank Cappings Melter

    Before you go with the heat elements look into an industrial drier heater with a built in fan . They move the air around get just as hot and are safer. I know a guy that built one of those Cowen wax systems and thats all he uses to heat it . He will do 4 of 5 drums of cappings at a time .
    Clear Lake Wi. / Sebring Fl.

  3. #23
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    Default Re: Bulk Tank Cappings Melter

    I ordered 3 of these lamps(from a different supplier that was cheaper) to achieve the beam pattern combination needed for the surface area I need to heat.

    http://www.drillspot.com/products/43...nfrared_Heater

    They will be controlled by a Variable Heat Control unit so I can "tone down" the heat intensity. I will also have a line voltage thermostat wired in-line before the VHC and a high limit cut-off relay/switch as a safety feature incase the inside temps get to high.
    Leer Family Honey Farm-Shannon Leer

  4. #24
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    Default Re: Bulk Tank Cappings Melter

    Beeslave:

    You will need to find out R value of your insulation, the surface area of said insulation, the lbs of wax and honey processed, and how many BTUs it takes to warm honey and wax teh number of degrees you wish to raise it. It is actually easier using the metric system. Or......

    Just follow the advise and try it. Improvise, adapt, overcome.

    Crazy Roland

  5. #25
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    Grey County, ON, Canada
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    Default Re: Bulk Tank Cappings Melter

    And use lots of zip ties on your probe

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