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Offline AndersMNelson

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Dry Wax...Help?
« on: January 14, 2006, 03:36:09 PM »
Hi, I've have a little problem.  I ordered a hive kit last summer and I've slowly been building it awaiting spring.  Since now everything has been okay, but today I noticed that the wax foundation is getting brittle and I can see the white crystals coming out.  Is there anyway I can remedy this?  I brought all my frames in from the garage to warm them up.  Will this help?
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Offline newbee101

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« Reply #1 on: January 14, 2006, 03:52:13 PM »
Keeping it warm will help. The white stuff could be "bloom". A white powder that coats beeswax that has been sitting around. Try not to handle the foundation until it warms up.
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« Reply #2 on: January 14, 2006, 03:57:55 PM »
Great.  Thanks for the tip.
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« Reply #3 on: January 14, 2006, 04:21:38 PM »
When you sink wire into wax with electrict, room temperature and wax shoud be  77 F (25C) so wax rest evenly on wires.

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« Reply #4 on: January 14, 2006, 05:15:16 PM »
>When you sink wire into wax with electrict, room temperature and wax shoud be 77 F (25C) so wax rest evenly on wires.

Or somewhere in that ballpark.  :)
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