Melting bees wax

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When I started thinking of making things with my spare beeswax I looked at getting a Bain Marie due to the low flash point of wax and the mess it can make with your everyday kitchen equipment. Anyway the same day as I was heading to town to get one i saw my neighbour putting these in the bin , with a clean up  they are now my wax filtering and melting kit.

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So the saucepan has hot water in then the dog bowl sits inside and you put the wax in there , a free Bain Marie.

Pure beeswax is solid at room temperture. It will have a putty like consistancy at above 80-90 degrees F and will melt around 145-147 degrees F. Depending upon what you are using it for you may just let it sit in a bowl of hot tap water for a few minutes to allow it to turn into a putty like consistancy. To melt beeswax use a double boiler (a pot within a pot of water) this allows gentle heating which is important because beewax can burn rendering a browning hue and lose its aroma. Remember beewax is used in candle because it is flammable so be carefull near an open flame or a heat source. Do not exceed 160-170 degrees for any long period of time and you should fine.

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