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Offline scooby

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Mind Your Bees Wax
« on: March 24, 2018, 07:36:39 AM »
A bee keeper gave me this partial bucket of grungy wax years ago just after I got into making my own bullet lube. Right after I got it, I renedered down enough for my needs and tossed the bucket in a shed. Well, the damn bucket was in my way yesterday while rumaging through the shed, so I decided to get it all cleaned up and stored properly.

I end up melting each batch down 3 times to remove all of the dirt and bee parts. The muffin pan on the stove and the round pan on the right have been melted once. The one on the left twice.
DSCN4833 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

After each batch has cooled, the bottom layer can be scraped from the cake of wax to get rid of the crud.
DSCN4835 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

A close up view of what the raw wax looks like.
DSCN4834 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

And here sets two nice and clean cakes ready to be wrapped and put away. I will end up with 4 total cakes this size when finished.
DSCN4837 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

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Re: Mind Your Bees Wax
« Reply #1 on: March 24, 2018, 07:52:49 AM »
Hey Scooby,

Would you like to take a walk through my shed & finish up some projects for me?
(just kidding)

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Re: Mind Your Bees Wax
« Reply #2 on: March 24, 2018, 07:58:25 AM »
Hey sledman, I am so far behind in the race now that I think I am in first place!!! (7+"

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Re: Mind Your Bees Wax
« Reply #3 on: March 24, 2018, 08:57:13 AM »
I get raw wax from a hobby bee keeper friend too. I go through the same process for rendering clean wax.   Sometimes it seems like a lot of work for a little wax but I like the "make your own" way of doing things.

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Re: Mind Your Bees Wax
« Reply #4 on: March 24, 2018, 09:42:43 AM »
Same here Mike. It is not that I am trying to be cheap. Instead, I like making a finished product from something. Always figured a person was better off that way in the long run.

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Re: Mind Your Bees Wax
« Reply #5 on: March 25, 2018, 07:51:14 PM »
Great job and pictures too. It's nice to have smaller cakes, IME, and I need to re-do some of my bigger chunks. I also have some beeswax candle stubs to  take care of (although those are handy for small projects like rubbing on small wood screws to ease screwing into wood the first time, using a pea size piece for fluxing molten lead, etc). Nope, nothing cheap about it, just being practical.

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Re: Mind Your Bees Wax
« Reply #6 on: March 26, 2018, 04:54:57 AM »
Nice. A man can never have too much lead or beeswax, I always say.
"You gonna pull those pistols, or whistle Dixie?"

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Re: Mind Your Bees Wax
« Reply #7 on: March 26, 2018, 10:31:48 AM »
Nice. A man can never have too much lead or beeswax, I always say.
Mustn't forget the caps !