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#1442353 - 08/04/09 05:22 PM How do I make waxed dirt
skunkdefuser Offline
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Registered: 10/21/08
Posts: 1015
Loc: Edgerton, Ohio 20 yr old
how do i make waxed dirt? Yes I checked the acrhives and didn't find any instructions. i may not have looked deep enough or missed something.

the only wax i have is a 10 pound block of trap wax.


Edited by skunkdefuser (08/05/09 11:39 PM)
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#1442733 - 08/04/09 08:58 PM Re: How do I... [Re: skunkdefuser]
Jim Bethell Offline
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Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 506
Loc: Woodhull, Illinois 72
I lay my dirt on an old blue tarp on the south side of my barn. Lay the dirt about 1 in thick. The dirt will dry in about 1 day. Needs to be a dry sunny day. The next day with the dirt dry, I mix in the wax. Granuals work best. I add and mix several times during the day. I want a damp look to the dirt, not a wet look. If to much wax is added, the dirt will stick to gether. Hopes that helps. It works for me.

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#1442744 - 08/04/09 09:02 PM Re: How do I... [Re: Jim Bethell]
330-Trapper Offline
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Registered: 12/31/06
Posts: 5679
Loc: Minnesota
Originally Posted By: Jim Bethell
I lay my dirt on an old blue tarp on the south side of my barn. Lay the dirt about 1 in thick. The dirt will dry in about 1 day. Needs to be a dry sunny day. The next day with the dirt dry, I mix in the wax. Granuals work best. I add and mix several times during the day. I want a damp look to the dirt, not a wet look. If to much wax is added, the dirt will stick to gether. Hopes that helps. It works for me.


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#1442768 - 08/04/09 09:13 PM Re: How do I... [Re: 330-Trapper]
swamphaunter Offline
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Registered: 05/02/08
Posts: 829
Loc: twig Minnesota
cement mixer and a weed burner works for me. hard to get a day over 75 here and it needs to be pretty hot out to do it properly.

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#1443649 - 08/05/09 04:52 PM Re: How do I... [Re: swamphaunter]
Jonathan Offline
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Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 7908
Loc: Northwestern New York(Elder)
Skunk, You may want to consider editing your post's title to get more views and responses: "How To Make Waxed Dirt?"

If you don't know how to edit this post's title, start a new post with that suggested title and notice the difference.

The discussion is likely to build with enough information to be a candidate for the Archives as a future reference others asking how to do it.

Just a suggestion.

Jonathan
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#1444973 - 08/06/09 04:28 PM Re: How do I... [Re: Jonathan]
Jonathan Offline
"Wilson"

Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 7908
Loc: Northwestern New York(Elder)
Skunk, Thats a better title.

I do not make waxed dirt myself, but dug these references out of my trapping library files for your reference:

Making Waxed Dirt

Waxed Dirt Set Up

How To Make Waxed Dirt

Waxed Dirt Method

Waxed Dirt Instructions

These methods will introduce you to how it is done. Hopefully you can find one that will fit making your own.

Good luck with the adventure.

Jonathan
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#1445706 - 08/07/09 07:07 AM Re: How do I... [Re: Jonathan]
conibear1 Offline
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Registered: 01/05/07
Posts: 702
Loc: Heart of Minnesota
Good list of resources Jonathon!
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#1445731 - 08/07/09 07:50 AM Re: How do I... [Re: conibear1]
Ron Marsh Offline
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Registered: 12/25/06
Posts: 607
Loc: PA Venango Co.
I make and use waxed dirt.
For another method that works both in hot and cold weather go the link below.
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#1445742 - 08/07/09 08:14 AM Re: How do I... [Re: Ron Marsh]
trappercharlie Offline
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Registered: 03/29/09
Posts: 409
Loc: southwest Virginia
My dad mixes wax and dirt in a cement mixer.
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#1445865 - 08/07/09 09:39 AM Re: How do I... [Re: trappercharlie]
Jonathan Offline
"Wilson"

Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 7908
Loc: Northwestern New York(Elder)
This illustrates Ron Marsh's "double boiler" technique for making waxed dirt.

Jonathan

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#1445891 - 08/07/09 09:53 AM Re: How do I... [Re: Jonathan]
trappercharlie Offline
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Registered: 03/29/09
Posts: 409
Loc: southwest Virginia
use pete moss
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#1445906 - 08/07/09 10:02 AM Re: How do I... [Re: trappercharlie]
drewh Offline
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Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 599
Loc: Ironton,Ohio
What I did when I made it was just get the dirt/sand whatever you are going to wax in a big pot, put this on a burner it heat it up some. On another burner I melted some of my moms older wax that she used for making candles because she got out of candle making. Just pour the melted wax into the pot and mix. When it gets that darker damp look your done just let it dry. I had no problem with clumping or anything. I made sure I mixed it really well though.

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#1447167 - 08/08/09 07:40 AM Re: How do I... [Re: drewh]
Bismuth Boy Offline
trapper

Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 788
Loc: Northwest PA
I use Ron Marsh's method of the double boiler. Definitely not the fastest way but the safest way when using open flame. I do it on the side burner of my barbeque grill. This method never lets the dirt/wax combination get above 212 degrees, therefore eliminating any chance of either the wax catching fire or burning the dirt. It's not the fastest method but it allows me to do other things while I cook up a batch. Just mix every once in a while.

I also use the double boiler method for waxing traps.

Remember, wax is petroleum based and is very flammable. Use caution whenever you are using wax around an open flame. Temperature control is the key.
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#1447781 - 08/08/09 10:14 PM Re: How do I... [Re: Bismuth Boy]
RainKing Offline
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Registered: 02/11/09
Posts: 840
Loc: central , KS
The only thing I would ad is, I always check to make sure it will repell water. If you don't add enough wax. It can look like it is waxed well and still soak up water. so as I do several batches I always pull some out and test. Good luck.
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