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  • C A Malin

A matter of wax.

Updated: Jan 27, 2021

For honeybees to make wax they have to raise the temperature in the hive from 33 to 36°C (91 to 97°F). They would need to consume eight pounds of honey to produce one pound of beeswax. To yield one pound of beeswax it is estimated that the bees would need to fly 150,000 miles.


The bucket in the picture contains wax from uncapping about 10 honey supers (you need to uncap the honey before you can spin it out of the comb), this has been washed to remove any honey residue. The wax in the bucket was melted down, left to cool and produced these two sections. The debris will collect at the bottom, which is then cleaned off. As you can see this needs melting down again to get it cleaner. The weight of the wax and debris is 1.498 g at this stage.

Reverse. Front. Reverse cleaned.

Front. Reverse. Reverse cleaned.

In the picture below you can see the cleaned and filtered wax. This took a few times to melting it down to get it clean enough to the point where I could filter it. The weight of the wax now is 1.367 g. I can now use this for making candles and polish.

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