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Dying and Waxing Pot Sizes


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Hey Guys,


First time trapper here. I ordered everything I believe I need but am stuck on pots..... I have 6 incoming mb550s with 16" fox hollow chain stakes attached. What size dying pot should I get that would fix all 6 in one shot? What size wax pot should I get? 



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Canning pots work well…clean and dry when you finish so it doesn’t rust out before you need it again.  

if your traps are new, I would boil them in water to get oil off and let sit in grass for a week or so to start rusting so they hold the dye.  Don’t really need to dye traps as they will be covered…”boiling” gets odor off.  Although I dye my traps.  

Also boil your trowel and sifter to deodorize.


For wax, I use a pot small enough to fit one trap so I don’t need as much wax to melt to fill it.  


do not hesitate to reach out with any questions.


Good luck!


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On 12/18/2023 at 8:13 AM, Water Rat said:

For speed and convenience, I use a 30 quart stainless steel turkey fryer kit to clean and dye my traps. To wax my traps, I use a 20 quart stainless steel double boiler.

Perfect, thank you. This is exactly what I was looking for. How many lbs of wax do you normally melt at one time in a 20qt pot?

On 12/18/2023 at 8:29 AM, NYRuthunter said:

Remember,don’t pull trap out to quick from wax ,let the trap warm up .You will get a nice thin coating rather than a thick waxy coating.

I figure I would dye them, let them sit for a few minutes then wax them. This way they are still hot from the dye. 

On 12/18/2023 at 10:57 AM, Otto said:

Pretty sure I won't ever seriously go trapping, but this is a cool and interesting thread to watch.  

Not sure if I will get too serious with it. I just want to be somewhat proficient, so I have the skill in my arsenal. 

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