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« on: October 19, 2005, 06:09:52 PM »

I was wondering if you mix the scrapings frome the frames and hive bodies and it is propolis and wax mixed, will it seperate if melted together  or if not is there anyway to seperate it

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« Reply #1 on: October 20, 2005, 05:56:24 AM »

I suggest a small experiment.  Try a water bath w/ all the safety procedures.  Basically it comes down to density and melting point.   I'd like to hear the results, is it worth the effort to collect all the scrapings from super cleaning?   Also what is the quality of the propolis after any procedure chosen?
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« Reply #2 on: October 20, 2005, 07:29:23 AM »

It will all melt together.  The propolis is already often mixed with the wax, by the bees, where they make attachments.  The resulting wax will make stronger foundation.

I just sort the wax as you go.  Keep the clean white cappings and the clean white comb in one pile and the old brood comb and the propolis and burr comb in another.

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