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Beekeeping: 8 Frame Solar Wax Melter

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Blog series by DoctorDan updated 01-14-2011 07:05 AM 2 parts 7205 reads 5 comments total

Part 1: Design

11-29-2010 09:11 PM by DoctorDan | 4 comments »

What is a Solar Wax Melter?!Over the past few weeks I’ve been working on my version of a solar wax melter. A wax melter is a tool used by apiarists (beekeepers) to clean to old wax/honey off wooden frames. Essentially, the frame is placed within a wooden box and the temperature increased to the wax’s melting point (~50-60 degrees) at which point it melts off into a collection point below. With a glass top and black sides a solar wax melter uses the sun’s energy to achieve th...

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Part 2: Case Work Complete

01-14-2011 07:05 AM by DoctorDan | 1 comment »

The casework on the Wax Melter is complete. The glass is installed in the top panel (hinges pending.) A back door was cut, laminated and hinged. Two lips (on the glass panel & the the lower door) to keep water from running into the doors. I just need to fine tune the hinges and attach a handle. The next upgrades are metal angle to hold various filters and to build a stand to keep it off the ground. Details on my blog.

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