Harvesting And Processing

In the hive, the purest beeswax is that which has recently been secreted: in "cappings" with which cells have been sealed, and in recently built comb. Wax scraped from hive walls or frame bars may be mixed with propolis. Old, dark combs in which brood has been reared are of least value.

When a beekeeper harvests combs of honey from the hives, the honey is first extracted from the combs. Then the wax is melted and the liquid wax separated from any contaminants. On a small scale, clean wax from hives may be melted and strained through cloth, or a "solar wax extractor" may be used, in which the wax pieces are spread out on a sloping metal base in a shallow container with a double glass top, to be melted by radiation from the sun. The liquid wax flows into a container; any contaminants settle at the bottom, and clear wax flows out through an outlet near the top.

In some commercial wax extractors the wax is heated with water, floats to the top, and flows out through an appropriately placed opening. More efficient devices use a steam press. The percentage of beeswax extracted from the initial material varies according to the source of the wax and the method of extraction.

Bee Keeping

Bee Keeping

Make money with honey How to be a Beekeeper. Beekeeping can be a fascinating hobby or you can turn it into a lucrative business. The choice is yours. You need to know some basics to help you get started. The equipment needed to be a beekeeper. Where can you find the equipment you need? The best location for the hives. You can't just put bees in any spot. What needs to be considered when picking the location for your bees?

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