Paraffin is a petroleum product, a wax-like substance that is used in construction to impregnate wood, insulation as a component of greases for rubbing parts. Paraffin is also irreplaceable in medicine and cosmetology. It is used most often in a heated form. This substance melts at a temperature of 55˚С.
It is necessary
- - two metal pots of different diameters;
- - electric or gas stove;
- - water;
- - paraffin;
- - thermometer.
Take a large saucepan and pour water into it so that it is about a third full of the container.
Turn on the hotplate and put the water on to heat up. Place the lid on the pot and turn the burner to maximum power.
Spread out newspaper or oilcloth. Cut the required amount of paraffin into small pieces and place in a dry wiped saucepan of smaller diameter with handles for easy removal from the water bath.
Shake off the small crumbs that remain after cutting from the newspaper into the pan.
When the water boils, place the container with paraffin in a water bath, reduce the heat of the burner and heat the paraffin to 55-80˚С. At higher temperatures, it begins to oxidize. Use a thermometer to monitor the temperature.
Stir the paraffin with a metal spoon to heat it quickly and evenly. When the paraffin is melted, it will take up less volume in the pot than it did in the solid state.
If there is not enough paraffin, you can throw a few more pieces into the already melted mass and wait until it melts completely.
When the paraffin wax has completely melted and turned into a homogeneous mass, turn off the burner and carefully remove the paraffin pot from the water.