Re: diy solar cappings melter for under $50 and better than factory
Your mead-bound honey's going to get hot anyway. Don't put water into the pan. Or use a doubled pan with a water basin under it to catch the honey/wax. They'll separate easily, anyway. You could try using a non-paper filter, as paper saturated with wax may not pass honey, nor honey saturated paper pass wax. Perhaps you can try one of the coarse honey bucket filters? They're plastic and I suspect neither honey nor wax will stop the other from passing through.
What I did with my cappings was to put them into a gallon ziplock bag and heat it in a crock pot. [Addendum: in an inch or two of water-bath in a crockpot] The honey sank to the bottom of the bag and I drained it off after it cooled a bit (more honey, by the way, than I would want to throw away), then remelted the wax. This was cappings, remember, so not terribly much dross to remove. But it seems to me to be a great way to separate honey from cappings prior to passing the wax through your solar melter filter. It may only cost you time.
"I thought I made a mistake once, but I was wrong." (heard often from the late David Sebree) Still making them, myself