A new use for old socks
The best way to melt beeswax is a mystery to me. It never fails to turn into a messy and arduous task, so I’m always interested in a new twist. Michelle in Tennessee recently reported that a beekeeper friend of hers uses old socks and a crockpot to get the job done easily and efficiently. His system goes like this:
- First insert the comb into the old socks.
- Next, tie a string around the end of the socks.
- Put the socks in a crockpot.
- Pour boiling water over them.
- Melt the wax on high heat until the socks let all of the wax out, keeping the slumgum inside. You can squeeze the socks with old tongs to get out even more wax.
- Let the wax come to room temperature.
- Take out the wheel of wax the next day.
When she tried this, Michelle’s wax came out a rich cream color, as you can see in the photo below. She said it worked so well she can’t wait to try it again.
By the way, she stuffs the socks with wax and stores them in a mason jar until she has enough for a batch. The crockpot turns out to be sacrificial—reserved for wax-melting in the future—and the socks can be saved for starting fires.
I’m very tempted to try this system. I have frequently seen old crockpots at the Goodwill store, but of course if I’m actually looking for one, I’m sure it will be a different story. Still, her wax came out so nice I’m eager to give it a try.