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#1921663 - 03/28/10 11:54 AM Re: Making waxed dirt w/ the sun... [Re: scott rainbolt]
LT GREY Offline
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Registered: 04/09/07
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Loc: Central Ohio
Yes, they wax coat it...only it comes with ants unless gotten late in winter! smile

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#1921712 - 03/28/10 12:20 PM Re: Making waxed dirt w/ the sun... [Re: LT GREY]
Gage Drift Offline
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Registered: 02/14/09
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Loc: Kansas
I have a lot of clumped up ex-flaked wax. What's the best way to work with it? Under glass or cheese grater? This stuff is sticky.

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#1921716 - 03/28/10 12:22 PM Re: Making waxed dirt w/ the sun... [Re: bluetickkid33]
LT GREY Offline
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No, I buy it in 5 lb bags,

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#1921871 - 03/28/10 02:21 PM Re: Making waxed dirt w/ the sun... [Re: bluetickkid33]
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Never used it that way....

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#1921872 - 03/28/10 02:22 PM Re: Making waxed dirt w/ the sun... [Re: LT GREY]
LT GREY Offline
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...and don't think it could be done, as the wax has to slowly melt by the sun's rays.

You'd be better off to melt it first.

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#1921913 - 03/28/10 02:42 PM Re: Making waxed dirt w/ the sun... [Re: LT GREY]
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Registered: 08/19/09
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think he meens the way when you mix the dirt and wax in mixer run to get them mixed up real good then heat the sides of the mixer with a torch to melt the wax
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#1921934 - 03/28/10 02:55 PM Re: Making waxed dirt w/ the sun... [Re: bluetickkid33]
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not that i know of
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#1922413 - 03/28/10 06:28 PM Re: Making waxed dirt w/ the sun... [Re: scott rainbolt]
TravC Offline
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Registered: 03/14/07
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Loc: ozona TX
thank you lt got it down now

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#1923359 - 03/29/10 08:11 AM Re: Making waxed dirt w/ the sun... [Re: TravC]
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My buddy and I were going to use a cement mixer to make waxed dirt. He has a couple as thats what he does for a living. Start out with a clean steel, not plastic mixer and pre-dried dirt. Wire or somehow attach the torch end of a propane burner next to the mixers drum. He has one that is about 2 inch round by 6 inch long torch head. Start the mixer spinning with the torch on and allow thw dirt to get warm. Once its warm enough to melt the flake wax you start adding a little at a time until you have the consistancy you want. We never did try it, although we do plan to. Figured we could make about 40 or so pounds of waxed dirt in one batch.
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#1924009 - 03/29/10 04:10 PM Re: Making waxed dirt w/ the sun... [Re: wormbobskey]
Hunter50 Offline
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Registered: 12/23/09
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Loc: Statesville.,NC
I use the same method as LT only thing I do different is make a TENT over top of it with clear plastic to speed up the wax melting process. I've used the cement mixer method as well,but its alot more work IMO and not as fast.

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#1924054 - 03/29/10 04:25 PM Re: Making waxed dirt w/ the sun... [Re: Hunter50]
LT GREY Offline
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Loc: Central Ohio
BLACK Plastic is far better, as it heats up more!

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#1924055 - 03/29/10 04:25 PM Re: Making waxed dirt w/ the sun... [Re: LT GREY]
LT GREY Offline
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Registered: 04/09/07
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Loc: Central Ohio
Black painted metal garbage can works well too...
As shown by Slim P.

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#1924971 - 03/30/10 03:04 AM Re: Making waxed dirt w/ the sun... [Re: LT GREY]
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Registered: 01/06/07
Posts: 459
Loc: Iowa
FWIW, I've used a cement mixer for several years, once my mixer is heated up, I can do a 5 gal batch of WD/WS in approx 8 minutes. Just me, I'd rather get the project done and be done with it. I just found the solar method time consuming and lots of tinkering.........with applied HEAT I have control over the process, not Mother Nature.

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#1925059 - 03/30/10 06:53 AM Re: Making waxed dirt w/ the sun... [Re: Bristleback]
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Registered: 01/23/10
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Loc: S/E Mich - N/W Ohio
Originally Posted By: Bristleback
FWIW, I've used a cement mixer for several years, once my mixer is heated up, I can do a 5 gal batch of WD/WS in approx 8 minutes. Just me, I'd rather get the project done and be done with it. I just found the solar method time consuming and lots of tinkering.........with applied HEAT I have control over the process, not Mother Nature.


I am on the same page...quick, easy, and most of all..done. You can control the whole thing with ease. Sun method works just fine if you do not have access to a mixer which is consideration..

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#1925406 - 03/30/10 10:44 AM Re: Making waxed dirt w/ the sun... [Re: LT GREY]
Hunter50 Offline
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Registered: 12/23/09
Posts: 951
Loc: Statesville.,NC
Well then, I might just have to try black this year..lol

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#1925481 - 03/30/10 11:28 AM Re: Making waxed dirt w/ the sun... [Re: Hunter50]
Bristleback Offline
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Agreed OaC, I'll make between 200-300 gallons this year......I can't fathom doing this via a solar method......at least not here in the midwest......maybe out West of down South, but not here. This is simply what works for me.

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#1925697 - 03/30/10 02:30 PM Re: Making waxed dirt w/ the sun... [Re: laurel mtman]
Hunter50 Offline
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Registered: 12/23/09
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Loc: Statesville.,NC
Originally Posted By: laurel mtman
What dirt to wax ratio you guys use ?
I use around a 30-40% ratio of wax to dirt.I use creek sand for all my waxed dirt.

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#1926629 - 03/30/10 11:13 PM Re: Making waxed dirt w/ the sun... [Re: Hunter50]
Bristleback Offline
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Registered: 01/06/07
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Loc: Iowa
I use 8-10 cups of wax per 5 gal of dirt.

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#1926971 - 03/31/10 08:33 AM Re: Making waxed dirt w/ the sun... [Re: laurel mtman]
Bristleback Offline
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Registered: 01/06/07
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Loc: Iowa
FYI, sand works awesome, packs/beds beautifully.......it's just so dang heavy!!

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#1927265 - 03/31/10 12:03 PM Re: Making waxed dirt w/ the sun... [Re: Bristleback]
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Registered: 12/20/09
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Loc: Mauston, WI
Originally Posted By: Bristleback
I use 8-10 cups of wax per 5 gal of dirt.
Originally Posted By: Bristleback
FWIW, I've used a cement mixer for several years, once my mixer is heated up, I can do a 5 gal batch of WD/WS in approx 8 minutes. Just me, I'd rather get the project done and be done with it. I just found the solar method time consuming and lots of tinkering.........with applied HEAT I have control over the process, not Mother Nature.


How 'bout a "how to" with pics for us guys with a spare cement mixer but no practical experience??
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