I found a local beekeeper who was willing to part with his hive cappings so that I can render for high quality bees wax. I have processed about 40lbs in an old crock pot and have some great bees wax but have been left with a gallon or so of burnt honey. What can I use this honey for? Would it be a good soil amendment? Feed to my dogs or other animals? I have plenty of local raw honey that we consume so I don't think this is honey I would want to eat.
JD - for future batches, I would recommend washing your cappings in cold water first to separate the honey from the wax. You end up with a thin slightly sweet liquid that can either be turned into mead or added to the compost depending.
Rendering in a pot is pretty much guaranteed to burn the wax slightly. When rendering you are looking for the lowest possible temperature to liquify it. Take a loot at some of the solar melters, they are very very good at cleaning wax and I wouldn't recommend any other method for cosmetics really.
Moderator, Treatment Free Beekeepers group on Facebook.
Location: Cache Valley, zone 4b, Irrigated, 9" rain in badlands.
posted 4 years ago
We render in a double boiler... Thus keeping the heat low enough to not burn the wax nor the honey.
World Tomato Society ambassador
Where all the women are strong, all the men are good looking and all the tiny ads are above average:
Solar Station Construction Plans - now FREE for a while