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  1. #1
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    Default Wax Melter for dipping frames

    I have a lot of old plastic frames (unwaxed) that the bees don't like to draw out. I pressure washed them to get off any residue but the bees still won't draw them unless I dip them in beeswax. I bought a melter from a company that is in the shop getting fixed more than it is in use! I need a better system. Any suggestions for a replacement melter? I need it to hold 40-50 lbs of wax and be large enough to dip a 7 5/8" frame. Thanks in advance for any ideas....Chip

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    Default Re: Wax Melter for dipping frames

    Try rolling wax on verses dipping?

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    Default Re: Wax Melter for dipping frames

    Quote Originally Posted by Heintz88 View Post
    Try rolling wax on verses dipping?

    How do you roll the wax on? I've heard of brushing it on.

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    Default Re: Wax Melter for dipping frames

    BTW.... We have a Maxant water jacketed tank and think their stuff is the best. You could also try a large pot from a restaurant supply place and a turkey frier. We do this also for the really nasty wax.

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    Default Re: Wax Melter for dipping frames

    Thanks. I'll look into that. What I bought was designed to melt beeswax and it works great when it's not in the repair shop. Probably the most unreliable machine I've ever bought!

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    Default Re: Wax Melter for dipping frames

    What kind of machine is it?

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    Default Re: Wax Melter for dipping frames

    My understanding is that if the wax is hot enough to be liquid it will be hot enough to damage the plastic foundation.
    Mark Berninghausen
    Squeak Creek Apiaries



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    Default Re: Wax Melter for dipping frames

    Waxmelters. Haven't noticed any damage to the plastic and it's set at 212F. Any cooler and it's pretty thick and wasteful of wax. I've done a couple thousand frames and the bees draw it out well with a thin wax coating.

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    Default Re: Wax Melter for dipping frames

    Good to know. Thanks.
    Mark Berninghausen
    Squeak Creek Apiaries



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    Default Re: Wax Melter for dipping frames

    Try pre-warming the frames to reduce the thickness of wax that is left behind, Sqkcrk - yes, if he held the frame in for any length of time, I believe it would warp.

    Crazy Roland

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