Beeswax from China
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    Default Beeswax from China

    Does someone of you use beeswax coming from China?

    It seems that beeswax (or synthetic beeswax?) made it's way into the European market, by someone mixing it with local beeswax.

    Now we have foundations sagging to the bottom boards and also spooky behavior of the bees. Bees do not use the combs drawn from the adulterated foundations for brood rearing. Or very spotty. Eggs hatch in those combs but the larvae are not fed by the nurse bees. They simply dry out.

    We send in same first samples into laboratories and they find stearic and palmitic acid.

    Anyone else have experience with this so called beeswax? Do you use it in the U.S.? Similar experiences?

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    Default Re: Beeswax from China

    I've heard nothing of this.
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    Default Re: Beeswax from China

    Me neither, I get foundation from Mann Lake, I know they buy beeswax from beekeepers as well but I know little of the ins and outs of buying bulk wax to mill that much foundation.

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    Default Re: Beeswax from China

    Like anything else coming from China, expect problems where profit is involved. The was has specific proportions involving 2 paraffins and 6 olefins. If by any chance wax from Apis Dorsata got mixed in, you can expect problems. A.M.M. does not like Apis Dorsata wax at all. Paraffin was tried by A.I. Root back in the late 1800's or early 1900's and got basically the results you describe. The wax sags off the wires and the bees do not tend larvae in it. Another factor is that China uses chemicals in their hives that may contaminate the wax. Safe wax comes from Africa because it is harvested in large part from feral colonies. Cappings wax from supers of honey that are not exposed to varroa treatments also tends to be clean. Brood combs when melted down tend to contain a lot of residues that are better kept out of foundation, unless you are like me and do not treat at all for varroa, in which case the brood wax is probably usable.


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    Default Re: Beeswax from China

    More cheating from China. Apparently last year wax a poor honey crop year in China, so wax production was down as well. This is according to a chinese connection I have. You would not know it based on the volumes of their products enterring the USA. Mind you a lot of it is adulterated. I guees because of demand their is incentive to cheat ad some just cannot help themselves.

    Bottom lin, you really have to watch who you do business with.

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    Default Re: Beeswax from China

    Either I am color blind or this looks more like paraffin

    http://www.alibaba.com/product-detai...0.0.Ekhhrj&s=p

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