Now that's a good idea. I normally put it above the hive and let them pick through it, drop it in the solar wax melter and get a little wax off of it then throw away the rest. I may just heat it up and smear it in some new nuc traps to get that "used" smell.
I have melted a couple batches in the crock pot. It is dangerous but mineral spirits cuts the wax and propolis out and lets the debris settle. I do all my plywood pieces to seal any adhesives that are in the plywood and exclude moisture from warping it. The pheremones remain so this treatment still attracts bees. I painted the entire inside of a nuc. Makes a great bait hive! It is the propolis I want more than the wax.
I like to heat it up in a pan with wood shavings and then add to a cardboard egg carton. The egg carton can then be torn into pieces for fire starters. My son and I timed one at about 8 minutes of burn. These are really great for camping and can get a stubborn fire going.
HVH, I make firestarters similar to yours for our woodstove. I take those small waxed paper dixie cups and fill it with cheap potpouri and fill it with melted wax. Works great!! It has a 15 minute burn time and they are so easy to light b/c you just light some of the potpouri sticking out of the top.
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