Over the past two weekends we have extracted honey from the beehives. We extracted four supers of honey-yielding about 10 gallons of honey. After rendering the wax cappings we had 26 oz of beeswax.
To render the beeswax I use a crock pot.
Rendering the wax was is done by melt the cappings in a crock pot on low heat with water. I let the wax melt and then skim out the debris from the surface of the wax with a wire strainer. The crock pot is then turned off and the wax hardens on top of the water.
The wax comes out of the crock pot in disks.
Here I put the debris in a cup for you to see. It contains propolis, bee parts and pollen,
Repeat the rendering process to further clean the wax by braking up the disks and placing in a nylon sock.
Once the wax has melted the remove the nylon sock and then turn off the crock pot. The sock captures all the debris that was not removed before.
This process can be repeated until the wax is clean.