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Wax in a can

can melting waxWe finished up the mushroom logs this afternoon.

One of the neighbors told me how he melted his wax with the bottom half of a beer can and I'm happy to report it makes cleaning up the mess just a matter of letting it cool and tossing it in a box for next year.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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I couldn't help but notice that the can in which you melted the wax was directly on a stove burner. I have narrowly avoided disaster when a drop of wax hit a hot burner and the whole container caught fire. Melted wax is highly flammable. Since my unhappy personal experience I have started using a double boiler method by heating a pot of water and immersing the utensil holding the wax into the water.


Comment by Dennis Tue Feb 17 21:30:52 2009
Thanks so much for the advice! My initial thought was that we should use a double boiler, but I couldn't think of any reason why it would be necessary. Now I know that I should trust my gut!
Comment by anna Wed Feb 18 08:05:29 2009

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