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Hello Everyone, I've just finished my first year of beekeeping. Hence, I have collected my wax cappings in a box and am planning to render it (I think that's what it's called) so that I can then melt it and then make candles. I've seen many methods online for doing this. So do any of you know the best method and/or could provide a link for a website/YouTube video explaining this method? Thanks
 

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It's a simple enough procedure but don't use anything that has another purpose because you will never remove the wax.
Clean the cappings thoroughly, I hang mine outside in a net bag and allow the rain to do the job. I then allow them to drip dry under cover. Long winded process but I'm in no rush and the cappings are like sawdust at the end, rain water is by far the best.
Heat some water in a pan, don't have it boiling a gentle roll is enough, add the wax. When it's melted down, pour it all through coarse material filter if there is a fair bit of gunk or a finer filter if the wax was clean looking (piece of hessian or pair of tights) into a container and leave it to cool. You should be left with a nice block of wax and can remove it fairly easy from the container due to the water underneath. How dirty the bottom of that block is determines how many times you melt it down in a bain marie and pass it through very fine filter like J cloth or lint.
 

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Thank you so much. That really helps. I'll hang it all outside later today!
 

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Hello Everyone, I've just finished my first year of beekeeping. Hence, I have collected my wax cappings in a box and am planning to render it (I think that's what it's called) so that I can then melt it and then make candles. I've seen many methods online for doing this. So do any of you know the best method and/or could provide a link for a website/YouTube video explaining this method? Thanks
This thread is useful and worth a read:


and this one:

 

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This thread is useful and worth a read:


and this one:

Thanks, I'll have a read.
 

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Just a warning. Rendering bees wax should be done outside. I’ve just spilt the liquid down the kitchen cupboard doors and getting the wax off is virtually impossible. Missus isn’t too happy!
 

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Use a heat gun (carefully) to melt the wax in small patches, then mop off with a paper towel whilst it is still liquid.
 

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Just a warning. Rendering bees wax should be done outside. I’ve just spilt the liquid down the kitchen cupboard doors and getting the wax off is virtually impossible. Missus isn’t too happy!
:oops:
You will now have to wax all of them so they match. ;)
Use a heat gun (carefully) to melt the wax in small patches, then mop off with a paper towel whilst it is still liquid.
A decent hairdryer can be a little less intimidating to use and just as effective (yes, bitter experience).
 

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I use a small one ring electric hot plate in my shed, having learned the hard way, having spent hours cleaning up her kitchen
 

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Been there and got the T-shirt, Two ring electric hob from Aldi/Lidl at £18 is a good investment and staying well away from the kitchen or anything that cold be contaminated with wax is absolutely essential if domestic harmony is to be maintained ...
 

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It's a simple enough procedure but don't use anything that has another purpose because you will never remove the wax.
Clean the cappings thoroughly, I hang mine outside in a net bag and allow the rain to do the job. I then allow them to drip dry under cover. Long winded process but I'm in no rush and the cappings are like sawdust at the end, rain water is by far the best.
Heat some water in a pan, don't have it boiling a gentle roll is enough, add the wax. When it's melted down, pour it all through coarse material filter if there is a fair bit of gunk or a finer filter if the wax was clean looking (piece of hessian or pair of tights) into a container and leave it to cool. You should be left with a nice block of wax and can remove it fairly easy from the container due to the water underneath. How dirty the bottom of that block is determines how many times you melt it down in a bain marie and pass it through very fine filter like J cloth or lint.
Suggest you let the bees clean the cappings and store any residual honey first. Bound to be some surely?
 

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You will now have to wax all of them so they match. ;)

A decent hairdryer can be a little less intimidating to use and just as effective (yes, bitter experience).
Wax all over her hair dryer too is unlikely to improve domestic harmony though! :laughing-smiley-004
 

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Suggest you let the bees clean the cappings and store any residual honey first. Bound to be some surely?
Not enough to be worth the effort.
 

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Hello Everyone, I've just finished my first year of beekeeping. Hence, I have collected my wax cappings in a box and am planning to render it (I think that's what it's called) so that I can then melt it and then make candles. I've seen many methods online for doing this. So do any of you know the best method and/or could provide a link for a website/YouTube video explaining this method? Thanks
 

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Hi, I was rendering my Beeswax when I was managing my 28 Hives when I was younger. I have a Solar Wax Extractor, which was second hand and homemade, this served me well, I filtered via an old pillowcase into a baking mould for a 2lb loaf. Depending on colour of the Wax to be rendered I cleaned white wax first then slightly darker until my final render would by very dark for Polish. Cleaning the sticky wax was a job for the Bees. (White and Med Wax only). Dark Wax was soaked in Rainwater Butt (in another Pillowcase), then Air dried and eventually Solar Rendered to a different mould. My pillowcases came from jumble sales car boots etc. Hope this helps!
 

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