Rapman, once water reaches the boiling point at whatever pressure (altitude) you are at, the temperature cannot increase any further. Once water is at the boiling point, all additional heat energy is released as steam due to the latent heat of vaporization. At sea level that is 212. Since the water can't get any hotter, and the pot of wax is sitting in the water (make sure it is sitting on those nuts), the wax can't get hotter than 212.
Yes, you do have to replenish the water as it steams off, but if you use a deep enough pan, you don't have to do it very often.
The shape of your wax container is going to determine how much wax you need. It has to be big enough to get any trap you have into, but the taller and skinnier the better. That's if you are waxing one at a time. Of course, if you are waxing more than one at a time, you'll need a wider container and more wax.
Make sure you put a nail between the jaws of your trap before waxing, so it can get to all surfaces.
Let the trap stay in the wax for about 5 minutes so the trap metal gets as hot as the wax. If it doesn't, the wax will flake off easier. Lift the trap up and let the wax drip back into the pot. Hang it up by the chain so the wax doesn't rub off while drying.
Edited by BuckNE (07/16/07 09:59 AM)