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    Default Heat source for wax melting

    When you guys talk about using presto pots are you talking about these http://www.ebay.com/itm/PRESTO-POT-W...item35b1a5e115
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    Default Re: Heat source for wax melting

    Yes, that's the one.........
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    Default Re: Heat source for wax melting

    Are they pretty much just deep fryers with a spout .
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    Default Re: Heat source for wax melting

    Yes, but they are temperature controlled and they work very well. I've several.
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    Default Re: Heat source for wax melting

    Should they be used them to melt your ruff dirty wax cappings etc. or only to heat for the pouring of the candles or both .
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    Default Re: Heat source for wax melting

    Make two so you can melt in one and filter into the other. I made four, very easy, I did not use JB Weld.

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    Default Re: Heat source for wax melting

    Thanks guys Now I have another project !!!!!!
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    So how much wax can you melt in one at one time?
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    Default Re: Heat source for wax melting

    This is the site I made mine from:

    http://www.candletech.com/candle-mak...lf-wax-melter/

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    Default Re: Heat source for wax melting

    Yep, these work awesome. Be careful with the heat. It doesn't take much dial to get that wax melted.

    And, in case you were wondering, a cats tail resting underneath the presto pot while it's on and melting wax, WILL get hot and the fur WILL curl up until the cat decides to walk away and find somewhere else to warm up. The resulting tail DOES make the cat look a little crazy, maybe even rabid. It's quite a sight.
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    Default Re: Heat source for wax melting

    We have made and bought a few of these and I would recommend running the spout from the bottom edge instead of from the side.

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    Default Re: Heat source for wax melting

    I'd put the spout up about an inch from the bottom. Reason, the debris (what there is, settles there) and you want nice, clean wax.
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    Default Re: Heat source for wax melting

    Quote Originally Posted by snl View Post
    I'd put the spout up about an inch from the bottom..
    I use a valve found in the air tool section at Home Depot that has a thread on the end of the valve keeping the valve closer to the "pot" allowing you run the temp a lot lower and not plug the valve.
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    Default Re: Heat source for wax melting

    Has anyone come up with a way of holding a temp sensor probe to the inside of the pot , some kind of clip or bracket to keep the tip of the probe where you want and keep your hands free , just a thought otherwise I found myself checking it constantly .
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    When the wax is heating, cover the valve with an old rag to "insulate" it. No more plugged valves! (took me a while to figure that little trick out)...
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    Default Re: Heat source for wax melting

    Quote Originally Posted by laketrout View Post
    Has anyone come up with a way of holding a temp sensor probe to the inside of the pot
    Get one of those turkey cooker temp probes, they come with a clip. I found the optimum temp and just "marked" that spot on the thermostat. I don't need to take the temp of the wax any longer, it's always just right.
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    I poured candles tonight. I took blocks of dirty wax and broke them up with a hatchet and microwaved the wax in a two quart measureing cup about 18 minutes total until it was fully liquid. I put wicks in candle molds while waiting. After wax melted, I poured it thru my filter material supported by a dollar store plastic colander into another 2 quart pyrex measuring cup. I poured candles while next batch of dirty wax was melting and filtered it into my now empty 2 quart pyrex measuring cup. Total wait time before pouring 20 minutes. No hot cauldrons to start fires, heating while I wait and wait. I am going to throw my slow cookers and deep fat friars and other wax melting clutter in the dumpster! Oh don't think you are EVER going to use that microwave for anything daintier again! Like all wax handling material, it is now wax handling material.

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    Default Re: Heat source for wax melting

    What is the fire danger heating wax in a microwave?

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    I think it is very very low and it is easy to observe constantly the process.

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