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News: We Built a Solar Melter…

Buzz, April 11, 2015

plan bee ltd solar melter

…and as part of our commitment to the environment, it’s 100% recycled from salvaged materials; all the wood was leftover from a conversion of an industrial unit nearby to Hive HQ, where we also retrieved the glass – which you can see is a double glazed window unit. Pictured here next to his handiwork is our beekeeper Raimondas, who is also a rather handy joiner…

Melting Beeswax

But what is a solar melter? very simply,  it’s a mini greenhouse whereby we mainly melt the beeswax we take from our hives. The beeswax sits in a container inside the unit and the glass above concentrates the suns rays to slowly melt it. Usually, this process is done through a specialised electric melter, but we’ve no need to waste electricity and use up any more carbon than we need to when the sun is out!

Carbon-Free Candles

We use the melted wax to make our 100% natural beeswax candles, a product that is also completely free from carbons that are found in paraffin candles. This means that when beeswax candles burn, they leave no greasy black marks or give off sooty fumes, unlike other candle materials. The flame from beeswax candles is also the closest you can get to the natural light of the sun, which makes sense when you think the sun’s rays gave sustenance to the plants the bees extracted the pollen from in the first place. With the melter harnessing the sun in the second part of the process we’re carrying this through to it’s conclusion as we pour the melted wax into the candle moulds to set. We’re also pretty sure that if one was inclined to and was the right size, they could get a pretty mean tan by lying inside! (fickle Scottish sun permitting of course)