This electric steam wax melter is made of stainless steel and is 21 1/2" wide and 25 1/2" tall not including the legs. It includes a lid with a locking ring, handles, painted legs, 120V heater with thermostat adjustable from 0 to 110ºC (32 to 230ºF), and a strainer that rests inside the tank to filter wax as it melts. Tank can hold 18 deep frames.
Throw old frames or your queen excluders in to let the steam extractor do the hard work for you. Also a great piece of equipment for cleaning and purifying wax.
A stainless steel strainer basket sits inside the tank on top of a jacketed bottom that holds water. A pipe extends up through the unit and steam comes out to purify and process your wax. The molten wax comes out through an exit port. The water reservoir can hold about 13/15 liters. To monitor the water level you must check the pipe for introducing the water: as long as you see the water in the pipe, it means that there is water also in the reservoir.
Please be aware the thermostat reads Celcius NOT Fahrenheit. Made in Italy.
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Information about wax processing:
- Pure beeswax melts at 144-149 F (62-64 C(
- If beeswax is heated above 185 F (85 C) it will begin to darken (ie. burnt appearance)
- The flashpoint (the point it catches fire) of pure beeswax is approximately 400 F (204.4 C)
- Melted beeswax does not release explosive gases.
Beeswax should never be melted over direct heat as it may be exposed to temps above 400 F (ie. in a single walled pan for example). However, melting in a double-walled melter (or double-boiler) prevents the wax from getting any hotter than the actual boiling point of the water itself (that’s 212 F which is much lower than the flashpoint of beeswax)
Regarding this wax melting unit:
- The thermostat on this unit ranges from 0-110 C or 32-230 F. That means that this wax melter will not heat beeswax to the flashpoint (ie. the point of catching fire), but it will definitely melt the wax. And if the thermostat is set above 85 C (180 F), the wax will likely darken and discolor.
- This wax melter has an open water introduction tube that should never be completely sealed. Sealing these tubes shut when the heating elements are engaged would cause pressure to build within the double-wall chamber that may cause a forceful rupture (or minor explosion?).
- The thermostat on this unit are measured in Celsius (not Fahrenheit).