pieces of broken beeswax sitting on a paint strainer sitting on a table
Beekeeping,  The Garden

The EASIEST Way to Render Beeswax

Rendering Beeswax is not complicated but is the best way to render beeswax in my opinion. If you have had bees for a couple seasons and they have that old dark wax that they no longer use this is a great way you can get it clean and that nice golden color.

Honey bees crawling around on brood comb

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Why Beeswax?

Beeswax has been used for centuries in making candles, salves, furniture polish, wraps for covering food in the fridge instead of tin foil and even polishing shoes! Its an amazing and versatile material and smells amazing too. We use it mainly for candles and salves but check out this Blog Post to see all the other ways you can use it.

Equipment you will need for the best way to render beeswax:

Tips on the easiest way to render beeswax:

  • The paint strainer bags are a must! They really help to keep the mess down and make he process a lot faster
  • Use an old stock pot or get one just for this purpose. You will not be able to use it for anything else after this
  • Render you wax as many times as you need to, to get the beautiful gold color.
autumn decoration with beeswax candles pine cones and leaves on wicker tray
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FAQ:

What happens if you overheat beeswax?

Beeswax can easily become damaged by overheating and if it ignites can burn more ferociously than any chip pan fire. Beeswax does not boil! It just gets hotter and hotter until it ignites.

Does beeswax have a shelf life?

Pure beeswax can last indefinitely as long as stored in a dry and cool place

What can you make with Beeswax?

Candles, salves, shoe polish, furniture polish, lips balms and so much more!

How to Render Beeswax

Fill your stockpot 1/3 full of water and turn on heat.

Bring water to a temp not warmer then 160 degrees. Wax melts at 145 degrees. Turn down heat if needed.

stock pot sitting on stock full of water

Fill your paint strainer with comb and place in stock pot water. Stir with an old spoon to mix around and melt wax.

stock pot full of hot water with bee comb in paint strainer melting down

After a few minutes pick up strainer and you will have all the dirt and debris left in the bag. The wax will have melted through. You can squeeze the bag and scrape off the excess wax that has solidified on the outside

left over bee comb debris sitting on parchment paper

Take the pot off the heat and lite it cool for several hours. All the wax will harden on the top of the water once it has cooled.

wax cooling in pot of water

Remove the wax and break it up into pieces. There will still be some debris on the bottom. Repeat the process the get it more clean. You may have to do this several times.

pieces of wax sitting on a pain strainer on a table

In what ways do you or will you use your beeswax?

Let us know in the comments and let us know how this method worked for you!

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