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    Default Re: Separating honey from wax, best method?

    I think you'll have better luck if you DON'T stir it. Stirring it sometimes gets the honey too mixed up with the wax and they don't separate sufficiently.
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    Default Re: Separating honey from wax, best method?



    Quote Originally Posted by Acebird View Post
    For three or four months?




    The original poster doesn't seem to be interested in a four month plan.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BeeCurious View Post
    The original poster doesn't seem to be interested in a four month plan.
    Did you PM him? NO indication from his posts.
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    Default Re: Separating honey from wax, best method?

    Quote Originally Posted by MattDavey View Post
    I then put the remaining wax and honey in a pot in the oven
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    I then soak the wax 'froth' in a good amount of water overnight.

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    The original poster doesn't seem to be interested in a four month plan.


    Quote Originally Posted by Acebird View Post
    Did you PM him? NO indication from his posts.
    No, I understood from his first post that he was interested in a more timely solution.

    The obvious indications are quoted above...

    "Oven" and "overnight" are the clues.
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    Default Re: Separating honey from wax, best method?

    Quote Originally Posted by MattDavey View Post
    Is there another or easier way?
    This led me to believe he wanted an easier way. Maybe he was just fooling.
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    Default Re: Separating honey from wax, best method?

    Quote Originally Posted by Acebird View Post
    This led me to believe he wanted an easier way. Maybe he was just fooling.
    You should send a private message to eliminate any confusion...
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    Default Re: Separating honey from wax, best method?

    Why does it need to be private?
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    Default Re: Separating honey from wax, best method?

    Quote Originally Posted by Acebird View Post
    This led me to believe he wanted an easier way. Maybe he was just fooling.
    So Ace, in your opinion, "an easier way" is to use a roller style "wax mill"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Acebird View Post
    I don't know what volume you are speaking off but I would try to increase the efficiency of the crush and strain process. If you could use something like a wax mill with flat rollers to squeeze out the honey you would have less to deal with. Maybe you would do your normal process and do this roller process next. The trick would be what to make the rollers out of so the wax doesn't stick so well to them.
    Do you have any idea what such a device costs? Kelley sells a smooth roller wax machine at around the neighborhood of $1500!




    ... much easier ...

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    Default Re: Separating honey from wax, best method?

    So Ace, in your opinion, "an easier way" is to use a roller style "wax mill"?
    Might be.
    Here again no volume was ever disclosed on how much he wanted to process.
    If he was resourceful he might be able to find a scrap paper shredder, ringer washer, pasta roller or something of the sort. Just brain storming...
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    Default Re: Separating honey from wax, best method?

    Quote Originally Posted by Acebird View Post
    Here again no volume was ever disclosed on how much he wanted to process.
    Really?

    I'm surprised that you don't remember we covered this ground around post #14 AND post #1 ...

    Quote Originally Posted by MattDavey View Post
    I then put the remaining wax and honey in a pot in the oven set on its lowest setting and stir regularly until it has just melted. Then let it cool until the wax has fully set.
    "a pot in the oven" - surely even you can understand that kind of 'volume'?




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    Default Re: Separating honey from wax, best method?

    To make sure there is no doubt. I'm taking about enough wax/honey to fit into a pot that can fit into a standard oven.

    I usually only harvest from 1 hive at a time, as I have (single) hives at several different locations.

    So want to strain the honey off within a few days so I can use my strainer again for the next batch.

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    Default Re: Separating honey from wax, best method?

    Matt, You kinda had to be there....

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    Default Re: Separating honey from wax, best method?

    Quote Originally Posted by MattDavey View Post
    So want to strain the honey off within a few days so I can use my strainer again for the next batch.
    What I described in post #16 is strained for about 6 hours first. Then put the strained cappings in a clear container until the next season and do nothing. When you first see pollen coming in spread these cappings on the inner cover or open feed your apiary. If this is done before nectar starts they will clean the cappings in a flash and you will have nice dry wax to melt down. If you wait until there is a flow they won't touch it.

    If you don't need to feed, or you don't want to feed in the early season the cappings are safe for years in the containers you put them in. There is no hurry or bother to do this. It is at your discretion.
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