I decided to melt and filter (finally) all the wax I've collected from 3 hives the last 3 years and enter the best stuff in the NY State Fair as a 1 block. Why not?
Well, I was able to separate all the old honey from the wax, but the melting/filtering part is a bit of a pain. I have a melting pot (from Betterbee), but I burned some in the double-boiler, so I reverted to melting in glass in the microwave, then filtering through cheesecloth into plastic containers. When I've filtered it all, I'll break it apart, remelt it, them pour it into my 1 lb mold.
Problem is, it's VERY time consuming and I'm still scorching wax, even though I'm only heating in short bursts (30 sec and 1 min). I have some really beautiful WHITE cappings that I'd like to use to lighten the whole thing.
Should I reattempt the double-boiler method with the melting pot as the first stage of melting/filtering? Or is there a better method?
Any ideas would be much appreciated.