Beeswax is an incredible substance and one that is a pleasure to use. It’s relatively low melting point of 62-6 degrees Celsius (143-151 Fahrenheit) makes it easy to liquefy and with a flash-point well above the melting point (254-274 degrees Celsius – 490-525 degrees Fahrenheit) there is a plenty large margin of error. The biggest problem that we have found is getting it clean enough to really make a beautiful candle, lotion, or soap.
Even the so called clean, filtered beeswax just doesn’t make that beautiful, golden yellow with its slight iridescence that makes beeswax so attractive. So, how then does a simple hobbyist make a premier beeswax product without the thousands of dollars of equipment to really purify the wax? The easiest way is to find a fine quality wax provider and purchase it from them. An easier, and far less expensive, way is also available.
We (www.littledrippers.com) have found that a crock pot on the warm setting is capable of holding beeswax at just above its melting point. This allows the melted wax to stay liquid for an extended length. Just be careful not to get the wax much above the melting point (the low setting may be too much) or it will start to darken and burn after several hours. After the wax has been liquid for two or three hours you will notice (unless you found an excellent wax provider) dark brown particles covering the bottom of the pot. We have yet to find a filter that is effective at removing these particles without getting into the high cost pressure filters.
In reality, however, these particles are not a problem for the hobbyist. Simply dip your wax from the top surface being careful not to stir up the bottom, dirty layer. This upper surface wax is as clean and beautiful as any we have ever seen. We just keep adding wax to the pot and keep dipping from the surface. Once the pot gets too full of the “dirty wax” we empty it into a separate container and start over. The “dirty wax” can be filtered and will produce a little good wax but we found it isn’t really worth the effort. Instead, we us the “dirty wax” to make fire-starters. We will explain this in a latter post.