Microwave Oven & Melting Beeswax?

by Andrew


I have about 10 frames worth of honeycomb. I want to melt it, but I don't have a solar wax melter.

How do you feel about a microwave oven? Would I be able to melt down the honeycomb into wax, with a microwave oven?



Hi Andrew,

I believe that some people do use microwaves for melting beeswax, but I never have, and never will. The problem with using a microwave is that you have little control over how hot the wax gets.

If the wax gets hot enough, it could ignite (beeswax is very flammable). And even if it doesn't ignite, the wax could get hot enough to degrade in quality by being darkened in color.

The double-boiler method is best for melting beeswax in a container. But for an easy method of just rendering the wax out of old comb, you can simply place pieces of the comb in a pot of gently boiling water.

Since beeswax is lighter than water, it will float to the top as it melts. And much of the debris will settle to the bottom.

You can then either carefully ladle the melted wax out to pour through filters and then into molds, or you can just turn off the heat when the wax has melted out of the combs, and then collect the solidified wax after it has cooled. The beeswax will be in a layer floating on top of the water.

It's essential, of course, not to let the wax overflow the top of the pot into the heat source below. Also, be aware that a pot used for this purpose can be tough to clean, so you might want to use an old pot for this if you have one available.

And a kitchen really isn't an ideal location for melting beeswax. Using a hotplate on a driveway or patio is much safer in case of fire. And you don't have to worry as much about clean up.

If you're going to need to melt beeswax (or other kinds of wax) on a regular basis, I'd recommend that you consider purchasing this purpose-made product, or this one. Should make life easier, and maybe even safer!

Hope this helps!

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Apr 23, 2015
on coating wood with beeswax
by: carlene cochran

I need to coat or seal waterproof my 4 4x4 garden planters and someone suggested I use beeswax, I am not sure how much 1 lb of beeswax will cover but have ordered some and I don't know how to keep it warm after melting it main thing is coating the bottom of my planters the guy who made them did not use good wood -- I doubt it would even last one growing season. Can you advise me? Beeswax in double boiler out side sounds easy enough, and am thinking it will be healthy for growing vegetables etc. in planters rather than using a carcinogen or chemical base product. thanks cc


I've never used beeswax for that specific purpose, but it should work great. I think you'll want to apply a good heavy coat, and I doubt that 1 lb will be enough for 4 planters.

The way I would do it would be to heat the beeswax outside in a double boiler, and then just paint the beeswax on the planters using a paintbrush. The beeswax won't cool so fast that you can't dip the brush in the molten wax and paint it on before it hardens.

But you'll want to use either an old brush or a cheap brush, because it's unlikely you'll ever be able to use that brush for anything else.

Good luck!

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