Re: Trap boiling question???????
Yodeldog why the lye? Are you removing old wax and maybe rust?
Bobcat1 Dawn dish soap does a great job, and yes chain and all. Everything should get the dawn bath/boil.
I boil all mine at a rolling boil for at least an hour and many times it boils over. I do mine outside in a 1/2 of a 55 gallon drum.
I bring them out during the boil somewhere around an hour and drop them on a piece of tin roofing. Then they either get a rinse or go into another pot of boiling water with dye of some type in it. And as they boil for another hour I get my wax up to heat and place it about 30 feet away on my turkey fryer cooker. I bring my traps out one at a time walk over and into the wax they go. Being 30 feet away the trap has a chance to dry quite a bit. I drop it in then go back for the next trap. Place it in the wax and pull out the last one and go hang it up. I will do 30 or more at once using that method. Hot traps take the wax so much better and faster than putting cool traps and letting the wax come back to temp on each trap.
If you want a safer and faster and better for your trap de-waxing or removing FMJ. My method won't hurt your traps like lye can if you leave it in there to long. If you want the info let me know
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