I'm new to the bee source forum but I've been keeping bees for about 4 years. My 80 year old beekeeping mentor just passed away and left me some of his beekeeping equipment. There is one piece that I haven't been able to determine what it is or how to use it. It is a stainless steel pail with a long tube going up to a funnel on one side. It has a lip running around the the top of the pail which spills out a spout on the other side. The top also has a piece of filter material clamped to it. Here are links to 2 photos of it.
One theory so far is that the pail catches wax/honey from a Walter Kelley Wax Melter - the melted wax flowing into the top of the funnel. As the melted honey/wax fills the pail the wax would flow through the filter on top and over the lip of the pail to exit out the secondary spout. The honey would stay on the bottom of the pail. Maybe.... Maybe Not...
Please help if you know what this thing really is!