Megan Palmer

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since Jul 09, 2013
Zone 9A, 45S 168E, 329m Queenstown, NZ
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I am fortunate in having several friends that are bee keepers and they give me their wax that i render myself.

The simplest method that I've found is to melt the cappings with water in an old pot that is used exclusively for rendering wax.

It must be over a very low heat so that the wax doesn't overheat. When it has completely melted, leave it to cool overnight and the wax will be in a solid disc on the top.

The impurities will be at the bottom and can be scraped off with a serated knife. Keep the scrapings to melt down for firelighters.

Repeat the process until there are no longer any impurities (slum gum) on the bottom of your wax.

I used to filter the melted wax through a muslin cloth but found this method easier.

Once the wax is clean enough, i melt it again without any water and pour it into mini silicon muffin molds which hold 25g wax when filled to the top.

For making a salve, i find four parts infused oil to one part wax the consistency that I like.

Oops I didn’t see Julie’s post, so to follow on from her word, I will change mine to -

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