I am interested in wax dipping and have looked at many youtube video and tried to do my research. I was going to get the help of a local fabricator to weld me up a stainless steel "pot" to cook my wax with a propane burner. but I had a few concerns.
#1) seems as though everyone is very concerned about fire hazard with the open flame and melted wax (rightfully so)
#2) the cost of custom fabricating a "pot" is really high
#3) the hassle to deal with propane tanks (i hear a lot of them)
So I was thinking of this setup and please anyone that has done this let me know if it would work.
I was going to get a 55 gallon steel drum (not sure if it would HAVE to be stainless or not if its brand new clean inside). I was then going to get an electric drum heater that can heat up to 400 degrees found here: https://www.uline.com/Product/Detail...teel-200-400-F
In my very limited knowledge of the process, it seems I can eliminate the open flame fire hazard. I can reduce my cost of finding a suitable vessel. If the drum were to deteriorate or rust on the inside i could simply get another one or upgrade to a stainless steel one. Seems like it would be much safer. And I could have the drum on casters so I dont need to find a way to move it around full of wax on to a burner and back off again. It also seems as if the heater would then also keep the wax at a more consistent temp and I wouldn't need to adjust the burner to avoid making the wax too hot.
My concerns are if the heater could actually heat enough to melt the wax to the 225-250 degrees that seems to be the normal dipping temp range. Also would a normal steel drum suffice or should i just invest in stainless from the start if this idea isnt too hairbrained and might actually work?
thanks so much.