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    just starting off and found a thread recommending palston pots to use to melt the wax. can anyone tell me how this works as thought you needed water to melt????. also do you add the perfume and colouring to the palston pot, or should it be added at another time. hope this makes sense.

  • #2
    You only need water if you are using double boiler methods to stop the wax heating too hot too fast. For the palson pot, the heater is underneath the pot and it is controlled by a thermostat to stop it heating up too much so no water needed.

    You switch it on, set the temperature and just throw everything you want to in the pot, wax, scent, colour if you wish.

    I tend to add colour and scent in the pouring jug, but doing it in the post is perfectly ok. To clean it, just warm it up and wipe it down the inside with kitchen roll.

    Fantastic pots.
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    • #3
      Got a couple of the palston pots myself and they are fantastic. Got hubby to add a couple of taps to them so I can just pour out the melted wax. Like cinnamonchic says the element is underneath the pot and never comes into contact with the wax.

      I mix my scent and colour in a pouring jug just in case.

      Cheers.

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      • #4
        As a recent convert to the Palson Pot I agree with all above. Use mine all the time although scent is put in out of the pot (once it has cooled a bit).

        Great little tool and much more effective than the double boiler method.

        Oddsox

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        • #5
          Thank you

          Thank you all for your great advice

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          • #6
            niceto see you. Hope you decide to stay.
            Carol
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            • #7
              Re Palston Pot

              What is the lowest temp on the thermostat on one of these pots?

              I reckon i'm being thick here but what is the difference to putting the wax in a pan and sticking it on the heat or using one of these cos either way the wax isn't in direct contact with the heat?

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              • #8
                Thermostat is the difference. As you know wax has a flash point so you walk away from the kitchen to answer the phone if the wax is on the heat "BOOM" if using the pot the thermostat kicks in and keeps the wax at a constant temp.

                HTH.

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                • #9
                  Has anyone ever had a wax fire? I imagine it would be pretty dangerous, like a chip pan fire.

                  I did a search on the internet to try and find the temperature at which it ignites. I found 199 celcius. Which is pretty hot!

                  Still, I'm absent minded, so I hardly ever melt wax on the stove. I melt it in a pan resting in boiling water instead.

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                  • #10
                    Hi John - a wax fire is just like a chip pan fire.

                    The flash points are all different and although some of them may look high, there can be different problems if fragrance is added on heat as well. Mega boom.

                    The problem being that the melt point of waxes is quite low but once the wax has melted, the speed at which it gets hot enough to flash is phenomenal - you could pop to the loo when there is still wax in the pot melting and the boom could happen in the minute or two you are gone.

                    What you are doing, ie pan in pan is much safer as the wax can only get as hot as the temperature of boiling water it is sitting in. The danger here is that if the water boils off and you don't notice - again kaboom.
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                    • #11
                      re palston pot

                      Originally posted by candles by lisa View Post
                      Thermostat is the difference. As you know wax has a flash point so you walk away from the kitchen to answer the phone if the wax is on the heat "BOOM" if using the pot the thermostat kicks in and keeps the wax at a constant temp.

                      HTH.

                      Lisa
                      Silly question but do you put another pot inside it to save having to wash it out or just use it as is?

                      Tigersumpy

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                      • #12
                        I use mine as is. Just chuck the wax in and I then ladle out the required quantity into a jug, add colour (optional), add fragrance, then stir and pour
                        Ruby xx



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                        • #13
                          thanks for that

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                          • #14
                            Actually that happened to me once (all the water evaporated).

                            I'm super careful now though.

                            I would get some Palston pots, but they cost a bomb.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by JohnP View Post
                              Actually that happened to me once (all the water evaporated).

                              I'm super careful now though.

                              I would get some Palston pots, but they cost a bomb.
                              I wouldn't call £33 a bomb especially if you're looking to take it up as a serious hobby or thinking of turning your hobby into a part time biz. Look at it as an investment.

                              You can get them from here http://www.redumbrella.co.uk/product...ge.php?id=1063

                              and you get free delivery.
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