Beeswax harvest

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Note: Most of the content was retrieved from the books "Beekeeping Manual for beginners" by Holeta Bee Research Center and the APIRE project [1]. and from "Advanced Beekeeping Manual by Ethiopian Beekeepers Association and Netherlands Development Organization (SNV-Ethiopia).[2]

One method to recycle old beeswax is to melt it down. Further methods of rendering wax include the processing in solar wax melters, by boiling in water then filtering, or by using steam or boiling it in soft water or rain water and press. YouTube offers numerious instruction videos (suggested keywords: “melting beeswax”, “cleaning beeswax”, “processing beeswax”, …).


  1. Holeta (unknown date). Beekeeping Manual for beginners.
  2. Ethiopian Beekeepers Association & SNV (2011). Advanced Beekeeping Manual. Express Printers PLC, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.