Since our bees made some crooked comb, we had cut off that crooked comb, harvested what honey we could from it, and we still had a lot of comb left over.
We needed to melt down the beeswax in the comb so that we could use the wax for candles and other potential crafts. George did some research, and found that it was common to use solar ovens to do this. We had been wanting a solar oven for other reasons so it was a good opportunity to go ahead and build a solar oven!
Once the solar oven was built, we setup the wax purification system. According to George’s research, the way to get the beeswax from the comb and leave behind any impurities was to put the comb on top of a paper towel, which was held over a bowl half filled with water.
As the wax melts, it will seep through the paper towel, but any impurities will be left on the towel. As the melted wax hits the water it solidifies.
We put this setup into the solar oven, and it worked perfectly.
Since our little test run did so well, we melted all the comb we had collected so far.
Melting the wax from the comb in the solar oven was a great success. It was easy and effective. Now we have all this filtered pure beeswax to use for candles and other fun crafts!