Re: Rendering Combs
I've been doing some in pans set up in my oven like a solar melter (because I haven't gotten around to building a solar melter yet). I heat it to about 180 but have read somewhere to do it at 150°F. My oven can go that low but the process takes a lot longer. When the wax has melted out I pour it into a little crock pot that has filtered water in it, remelt it in there and stir it with a wood skewer to help any remaining cocoon bits to fall out of the wax suspension (be carefully the wax isn't too hot, stirring it when it is too hot can cause it to boil up and spit hot wax at you). Turn it off and let it cool then take the wax disk out (best when it is still a bit warm) and trim the bottom of the disk until you get to clean wax. Put the trimmings back in the solar (or oven in my case) melter. When I did it this past weekend I just kept adding comb and bits to the melter and then occasionally pouring off the wax drippings into the little crock pot. I ended up with maybe a candle's worth of wax from the couple brood combs then I took what was left on the melter pan (cocoons) and threw them in my compost bin covered with dirt so the bees would leave them alone. Hopefully it isn't a problem to compost them, I just figured they were natural and would break down over time.
3rd yr - 1 KTBH & 4 KTBH nucs - TF - USDA Zn 6b