After collecting the honey I end up with a large amount of bees wax intermixed with honey and other stuff (the odd dead bee etc) which I don't want to waste.
I am currently using a messy method to render it down to pure beeswax on the stove top in a big pot. I melt it down gently (to avoid it bursting into flames!), remove it and scrape away as much sediment as I can, add it back to the pot with water and repeat the process until it's relatively pure and then sieve it through cheese type cloth.
My honey extractor looks like this:
Sydney gardening friend Jeff has found this video showing how to use a solar oven (SOS Sports Oven specifically) to do the job neatly and easily.
Here is the video, only 6.5mins long and well worth a watch.
What a ripper idea!
I never did get around to building one. House and bees now a thing of my past :(
Hope you manage to make one for yourself and test it out.