Cleaning wax and filtering question
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  1. #1
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    Default Cleaning wax and filtering question

    After a couple years of saving capping and burr comb I decider to get out the solar wax melter I bought last fall and never used. I now have it all melted down. I want to run it through again to clean it up some more. What do you all use for filter media?

    Thanks
    Greg
    Hancock County Indiana Zone 5b
    2nd year BK with 6 Colonies, 2 Italian, 2 MN Hygienic, 2 Carniolan

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    Default Re: Cleaning wax and filtering question

    Paper towels on top of a window screen works well

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    Default Re: Cleaning wax and filtering question

    Quote Originally Posted by dtrooster View Post
    Paper towels on top of a window screen works well
    I did use paper towel but without the screen and didn't work well at all. Couldn't keep it out of the water. Never thought about screen, guess I had a senior moment. Will do that tomorrow.

    Greg
    Hancock County Indiana Zone 5b
    2nd year BK with 6 Colonies, 2 Italian, 2 MN Hygienic, 2 Carniolan

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    Default Re: Cleaning wax and filtering question

    Use a fryer grease filter. They are a stiff funnel shaped paper filter used for filtering fryer grease. They are cheap, about $5 per pack. And can be bought at any commercial kitchen supply house.

    They will yield beeswax that is clean enough for candles. Something other methods don't.

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    Default Re: Cleaning wax and filtering question

    I just hang the wax scraps in a "bag" formed from a tee shirt.
    I had thought about trying a coffee filter in the bottom of the bag
    But never did. The cloth strains the wax enough for me.(I don't make candles)
    Started summer of 2013, just another new guy, tinkering with bees.

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    Default Re: Cleaning wax and filtering question

    I use coffee filters. They aren't very fast but they do a really good job, and since its a solar melter it doesn't have to be fast.
    Zone 6B

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    Default Re: Cleaning wax and filtering question

    Well I don't want to give away any secrets, But I do quite a bit of Airbrush painting. Whenever I go to the auto parts store To buy paint they give me a few paint strainers, They are paper funnel shaped with screened bottoms. I made a frame to hold them out of coat hangers it is a 5" circle with supports that go over a 5 gallon bucket. I simply pour the hot wax through the strainer and it comes out clean.
    Now when I buy paint I simply ask the guy behind the counter for a few extra. You strain a lot when airbrushing! Free wax strainers they work great. A win win.

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    Default Re: Cleaning wax and filtering question

    Quote Originally Posted by LanduytG View Post
    I did use paper towel but without the screen and didn't work well at all. Couldn't keep it out of the water. Never thought about screen, guess I had a senior moment. Will do that tomorrow.

    Greg
    I stopped putting water in my wax collection container as it was a pain. Often my water would all evaporate anyways.

    So now I just let the wax drip into the container, when completed I pop the wax container into the freezer for a few minutes, the wax hardens, contracts away from the sides of the container and I can remove it.

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