8 Frame Wax Melter (for Beekeeping)

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Project by DoctorDan posted 03-05-2011 12:56 PM 8347 views 5 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The Eight Frame Wax Melter has been delivered and is now sitting proud next to my Dad’s vegie plot. The wax melts by the sun’s energy and drops through a filter into a collection tin below. The filter and tin can be accessed by a back door.

The build process (including dovetailing the sides) is documented over that my blog – The Love of Wood. The top is two layers of 1/8” plate glass. The timber is 3/4” Radiata pine. Up to eight frames are hung vertically.

-- Daniel -

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#1 posted 03-05-2011 01:28 PM

Just what the Dr ordered – my daughter and I are in the middle of beekeeping classes. Our bees come in the first week of April. This will give me time to get on of these produced for the bur comb or exess wax.
Nice design. I love adding dovetails, too.

-- Rod ~ There's never enough time to finish a project, but there's always time to start another one.

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#2 posted 03-05-2011 04:21 PM

Great project with a very practical use, not only looks good but gives you beeswax. Nothing tastes quite as
good as your own honey on pancakes or in a cup of tea. Do you make your own beeswax polish? Thank
you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 80 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#3 posted 03-05-2011 07:36 PM

thankĀ“s for sharing not just a finished project but also as a working project :-)
it was a good bloog you made on it too

take care

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#4 posted 03-05-2011 09:11 PM

While this is nice, I wondered about the purpose of melting the wax in this fashion. My grandfather was a bee keeper his entire life. That was his living though. He used a hot knife to shave off excess honey, but left the frame with wax in it and put them back into hives that way. He never melted honey off like this though.
Is this something new in bee keeping?
Or maybe this is more for hobby beekeeping?
Either way, does melting the wax off or leaving some on the frame effect how the bees react?


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#5 posted 03-05-2011 09:30 PM

Nice project, I like having bees buzzing about. Way back in college the entomology lab had a glass sided hive in it. Outlet through a window. I learned how to read ( somewhat ) the bee dances and could generally tell where the flowers where.


-- That was not wormy wood when I started working on it.

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#6 posted 03-06-2011 07:10 PM

This is going straight to favorites. My wife and I are wanting to start bees this year. Thanks for a timely and useful project.

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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