I’ve been thinking about how to get old, dark comb out of the frame with as little effort as possible. Meaning especially WITHOUT cutting out the wires, thus not having to rewire the frame. So I strolled through youtube and found some guy who used a big wood fired kettle to heat up water and immersed the whole frame into the nearly boiling water. It took a few minutes for the wax to melt and “dissolve” in the water. The frame came out sparkling clean and sterilized by the hot water, with the wires fully intact.
I want to try that, so I bought a big pot via ebay, that is large enough to hold several frames fully immersed.
The pot has an outlet from which I can let the hot mixture flow through a sieve and a piece of tights into a bucket to cool down. I’d skim off the larger chunks of dirt first, so that they won’t clog the pipe.
I haven’t tried to melt comb yet, but I thougt some of you might have some useful advice for me (other than to be very careful with that hot water-wax-stuff). Maybe someone has the ultimate method of cleaning wax to candle quality? I only know of the tights-filter and letting the hot wax cool down very slowly, so the remaining dirt will settle on the wax-water-line and can then be scratched off.