what is the brown stuff stuck the bottom of wax that i melted? propolis?,
yes, and other stuff like bee parts.
tips i got: warm room, scratch well! spin half one side then half the other...then repeat. if honey is thick, as mine was this year, it can take some time and effort.
if you are using wax foundation, you can melt the whole thing straight from the frame in a double boiler pan over low heat. allow to cool at room temp and wax comes to the top along with gunk. remelt wax and strain, or just scrape bottom of wax block.
have not tried all these things, but they seem to be pretty simple ideas.