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I was wondering whether old, dark, tough wax culled from the brood nest can be processed and used in the same manner as newer cleaner wax. Are there any special considerations that need to be taken into account when working with this material?
 

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not much wax to be had. 90% is casings and junk. At this time of the year I stick them in spare nuc boxes several hundred yards from my main group of hives as a swarm catch tool. I have also used them in demonstrations at local elementary schools, and let the kids touch, and if they break some cells - so what. In the end I pitch them in the burn barrel.
 

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Throw them in the solar wax melter one layer thick, so that as the wax melts, it does NOT fill up the cells.

Roland
 
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