I was just lucky enough to purchase some beekeeping equipment from an estate auction, A very solid vintage two frame spinner a big stainless honey tank with filters- and at the moment my favorite thing- a solar wax melter! I set a mental bidding limit before the auction- and then just totally kept bidding to double that price!
It’s a very simple design there is a rack, with the tray underneath it, that funnels the wax down into a collecting pan. All you have to do is place your dirty wax on some paper towels, and let the sun do all the work! The result is very clean wax in the collection tray, no muss no fuss.
It’s also good for many other tasks, today I’m cleaning up a heap of dirty old frames. After a few hours baking, I am practically hot wax dipping these frames-and I hope just about any pathogen in them will be utterly devastated!
With a light wipe down with a cloth they come up pretty good:
The roasting removes all wax trapped in the channel in the top bar where the foundation slots in- which is annoying to get out otherwise.
I can also use it to clean wax off tools, and maybe to uncandy honey and dry fruit with some modifications… (adding adjustable air vents and a thermometer). And I think I will cook in it too. In fact I am sure of it…
Would be very easy to make one of these- and seems to be a must have for any beekeeper with a few hives.
A month ago I made a 2.5kg block of wax- and it was a pain and a messy process. I thought- ‘there must be a better way!’ - then the auction gods put this in my path!