Wax melting equipment comes in a variety of shapes and sizes, but there is more to a good melter than just applying heat to a big tank and hoping for the best. If you aren’t using the right equipment, or even if you’re using the wrong equipment for a particular job, you could burn or ruin the entire batch (and potentially cause safety hazards).
So what makes a good wax melter?
In the broadest terms, it should work fast and be easy to use. You should be able to complete projects in less time and with less waste and cleanup. But speed isn’t everything. The wax needs to melt evenly, or you could risk burning or damaging the wax.
And, of course, they should be completely safe to use on a regular basis.
Let’s take a closer look at some of the things you should expect in a good melter.
Features of a Wax Melter
Melting Times – Direct heat provides the fastest possible melt times while ensuring safe operations.
Even Heating – If the direct heat is properly controlled, the melting will occur evenly and provide more consistent results. Even heat distribution also helps avoid hot spots that can lead to burning.
Solid Construction – Mass plays an important part in the melting process which is why we use heavy-duty 304 stainless steel. Heavier metals can contribute to more predictable and controlled melting and the stainless steel won’t contaminate your product with corrosion or rust.
Reliable Components – A heated pouring valve is an important component. These heavy duty, heated elements allow you to pour off as much product as you want without clogging things up.
Energy Efficient Operation – Every surface should be insulated to ensure maximum heat retention and lower energy costs. A high-density fiberglass insulation is an effective choice. When the melter is properly insulated, it will reduce the power consumption and save you more money in operating costs.
Simple and Effective Operation – There’s a fine line between melted and burned, so it’s important to that you can precisely control the entire process. Our computer-controlled solid state circuitry was designed to be reliable and easy to use so you can control the temperature and ensure a level of safety and consistency.
The Right Size for the Right Job – Bulk storage capacity can impact the speed in which you are able to complete your projects. We have melting equipment with capacities up to 400 gallons. At the same time, if you aren’t working in such large amounts, it may be more efficient for you to go with something smaller.
The Right Tool for the Right Job
When you’re working with large quantities of melted wax, it’s important to have all these characteristics to make the job go as fast as possible while still ensuring a level of quality and safety. Finding the right tool for the job, though, depends on exactly what you need to accomplish.
Constant production of large batches may require a different melter than projects that only require occasional additions of wax. Either way, though, characteristics like even heat distribution and fast melting are critical. When you begin your search, start with these items and you’ll soon find the right tool for the next job.