Cleaning wax
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  1. #1
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    I'm a guy who doesn't like to throw anything away. I think that's one of the first qualifications of being a beekeeper. I had a several frames of comb full of nasty stuff: dead bees, dead larvae, wax moth larvae, frass, etc. I melted it all down in a crockpot, draining off the nasty water several times and remelting several times. The resulting wax came out a pretty tan color but still smells like rotten sweat socks. I don't have enough of it to sell to make it worth my while, but I'm wondering if there's any use for this insipid stuff?
    Banjos and bees... how sweet it is!

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    sure....line your garbage can with it!!!!!

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    Remelt it and spread it thinly on a cookie sheet or similar. Let it sit for 2 to 3 days. The smell should disperse. Then you can use it for whatever you want.

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    Fire Kindling
    parts by weight
    3 parts crude beeswax or slumgum
    1 part rosin,pitch,propolis scrapings
    6 parts wood flour , fine sawdust
    Melt the beeswax and rosin in an oven set at 225 degres F . Stir in wood flour. While mixture is warm press it tightly into molds to form sticks
    Turn stumbling blocks into stepping stones

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    Dip pine cones in it 2 to 3 times for a great fire starter
    Steven Lechner<br />[email protected]<br />303.657.5360

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