Beeswax Candles

Murris Johnson's OrthodoxCandle.comWhat’s neater than a beeswax candle?

  • the complex smells of propolis and beeswax
  • the feel
  • the color of the wax enhanced by a glowing flame
  • and I enjoy making them as well as using them

A note from Murris Johnson got me to thinking. As much as I enjoy them, I’ve never written a word about beeswax candles.

Visiting his website, I’ve found some new ideas and inspiration.

And like the candles, it’s a beautiful website. Check it out.



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4 Responses

  1. Karen Fenton says:

    I think beeswax candles are the best. I have a big chunk of beeswax given to me by the local beekeeper. Can’t wait to give candle making a try. I’ve been told by folks with allergies that store bought candles give them fits, but the beeswax kind do not!

    • -bW says:

      Hi Karen

      Thanks for the note. When using beekeeper sourced beeswax make sure it is clean enough for candles. It looks clean to the eye. But it can be full of pollen and propolis which clogs wicks after a time.

      I always filter my candle beeswax through a hot grease filter. They are a paper cone shaped filter that is used to clarify deep fat frier oil. They are cheap and available at any commercial restaurant supply store.

      Don’t try any kind of paper filter designed for water based solutions like coffee filters. They clog quickly and are marginal at best.


      • Andres says:

        Thanks for the grease filter tip! I will definitely try that out for my natural comb hives that get cleaned up due to non-straight comb.

      • Andres says:

        Hi Dennis,

        Would you mind doing a blog post or answering questions about how you filter? The filters I have said to use two at a time, but after noticing how slowly it drained and that I couldn’t squeeze the final bits of water out of the filter, I removed a filter and went with one.

        Do you pour hot water directly over wax into a filter, or do you melt wax+water on the stove before pouring through the filter? If you have dirty comb (brood comb w/ dead larvae, for example), do you prepare the wax in multiple steps (coarse colander/skim the cocoons out first, and then a second run with the fryer filter) or do you just do it all in one step with the fryer filter? Do you squeeze the last bits of water out of the filter with a hive tool, or wring out the water another way?


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