Generous Charlie B GAVE me FOR FREE, SO FAR, a bucket of cappings last week. I solar melted it. My conclusion with buying cappings on a small scale is that as cappings it has no value. The value is only extracted by getting paid for the time and equipment it takes to make it into saleable wax and cooked honey. Maybe on a large scale it pays.
15.6 pounds full down 4" from top
Wax 5.2 lbs
Bucket 1.7 lbs.
Solar honey slumgum. 8.7 lbs.
Solar honey value 7.5 X $1.50 = $11.25
Wax 5.2 X $6 = $31.20
Total value $42.45
Minus labor, equipment, hot water, dump cost, buckets
Labor. - dump bucket in, get product out, rinse honey off wax, drain honey out of pan. Re-melt honey later to refine it. Not very handsome hourly wage.
How are you getting that much waste slumgum from cappings? I only get wax and some cooked honey when I process cappings (and even burr comb I pulled off the hives doing checks). I only get lots of waste if I scrape brood comb off.
I do, however, process my wax in a hot box set to 165 degrees and filtered through restaurant cone hot oil filters.