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Saltcreek
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« on: June 17, 2008, 09:46:41 PM »

For Michael Bush or other experts. I have scanned all the dipping posts and Michaels web site but I have a dipping question.
Should there be a film or coating on the outside? I have fried at 320F for 20 minutes till it quits foaming. When pulling out I can see wax sucking in but expected more film outside when done. It's all new woodenware.

Second question: How critical is the paraffin/rosin mix. I have a 160 gal seamless cooking pot on a turkey cooker. Started with 100# wax and 50# rosin but underestimated. I had to add 50# more wax to get things totally submerged but didn't have more rosin. So it's a 3:1 instead of a 2:1 mix. What will the consequences be if I was short rosin?
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« Reply #1 on: June 23, 2008, 03:36:51 PM »

Sorry I cannot answer your Huh"s.

Sounds like a lot of unnecessary work to me.
What is the purpose of this "dipping"?
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« Reply #2 on: June 23, 2008, 04:16:01 PM »

Doak, this PDF document will explain why we wax dip. Saltcreek, I'm sure you'll find some useful info on the procedure and safety requirements.

Hot wax dipping of beehive components

In Australia, we wax dip for two reasons: Sterilising AFB infected hive components (or hive components with an unknown history), and to prolong the life of the hive components. 
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« Reply #3 on: June 23, 2008, 05:32:17 PM »

Well I hope to avoid AFB but I Also hope to avoid having to ever scrape & paint again.
That being said, I sure wish someone could answer the questions I started this thread with a week ago.  huh
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« Reply #4 on: June 23, 2008, 05:58:06 PM »

Sorry for not understanding to begin with.
I was thinking of the dipping of frames.
I only paint every 4 to 5 years and haven't had to scrape so far.
A good portion of the first coat soaks into the pores of the wood.
2 more coats cover well.
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