Just a couple thoughts. I am thinking the globs formed because you didn't have the mixture hot enough. Second, I use 2 parts wax, 1 part rosin, not 3 to 1 like you indicate.I dipped my first hive bodies yesterday using the 'standard' 75% paraffin / 25% gum rosin recipe from Mann-Lake.
The gum rosin caued lots of gobs to stick on the surface and turned the mixture a deeper brown than I would have liked, so I would like to use as little as possible.
Thanks for the info. What you have said helps convince me that, like you, I did not wait long enough for the rosin to completely dissolve on my first attempt. When adding a significant amount of new rosin to the mix, how long do you wait at temperature before dipping?I stir the tank until the rosin completely dissolves in the wax. The rosin did glob up the first time I tried it, because I didn't wait for the rosin to completely dissolve. I run my tank around 275+.
rainesridgefarm,I started at athe ratio mann lake stated also. I then kept adding wax and no more rosin. how much rosin made it into them is very low from my take. they came up great looking.
Any specific reason to use a double-boiler? The paper I read on wax-dipping in Australia was based on the use of direct heat, so that is what I use - propane burner from a camp stove dirctly on the bottom steel suface of the vat. You need to watch the temperature to keep it from getting overheated, but other than that it seems to work very well - the double boiler seems like a lot more trouble, espcially if you can't get much over the temperature of boiling water...my double boiler does not get over 210 so the rosin sat on the bottom in globs.
rainesridgefarm,I started with 50lbs of rosin and 200lbs of wax. I am sure I added over 300 more lbs of wax till i was finished.
My woodenware comes out a natural color and they are darker now that I have switched to darker beeswax vs paraffin. No, I don't paint while hot. My boxes and top covers are branded on all four sides with my name in three quarter inch letters and are easy to spot and less obvious when they are on location."Thanks for the info... What color are your dipped hives coming out? Are you painting after dipping or leaving natural wood finish?
If I do try dipping with less rosin, I will let you know the result. Among other things, rosin is more expensive and harder to find than paraffin or beeswax.-fafrd"
I will let everyone how it comes out when I educethe concentration on rosi from 25% to 10%...Let us know how you make out with the reduced rosin.