Maybe most of you know this, but…
I thought I was being really clever when I set up a hot wax station. I used a water bath/double boiler approach where the wax was in a metal pan and it was melted by sitting in a bath of boiling water. It worked pretty well, but an electric skillet works even better.
I use paraffin wax – from the craft store – and have set the electric skillet at ~250F. The wax melts in seconds and stays very fluid which I have found is critical to easy waxing. There’s nothing worse than trying to spread not very molten wax. The skillet has a lid which keeps nasties out of my wax and is Teflon coated so, when cool, I can lift out the block of wax cleanly if I need to do so.
Also, don’t try to use some crummy brush for waxing. Use a good brush. It will last longer in the wax (they all die eventually) and makes applying wax easier. It’s a sacrifice. I currently have 3 brushes dedicated to waxing – all are gold synthetic bristle (Taklon) – a 1 inch flat, a medium round, and a fine liner. I find the synthetic bristles keep their shape much better and don’t tend to drip wax onto my pots. Previously, I used boar bristle brushes for waxing, but they disintegrated in no time.
Happy Waxing! 😀