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Hot Box Procedure

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For those who have hotboxes, I am curious as to the procedure you follow.

I bring the hotbox up to temp first, then I open the door and add the skis. This method requires less time to get the box up to temp and allows a greater percentage of the time with the skis at the 130F temp. Of course, when I open the door to add the skis, the temp drops to 105F. However, there is less time required t0 reach 130F from 105F than from room temp. Do others do this or do you add the skis before turning on the heater or lightbulbs?

Also, I put the skis in cold, but I am wondering if there is any benefit in heating up the wax with an iron prior to placing the skis in the box. This would allow the wax to cool more slowly than it would at room temp and it would bring the ski to a higher temp prior to being placed in the hotbox.

Any other suggestions?
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Shut the car off so the fan's not going, roll up all the windows...oh! wait, wrong forum.
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Shut the car off so the fan's not going, roll up all the windows...oh! wait, wrong forum.
Thats the second time tonight I was too slow on the draw.

Your good son
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Shut the car off so the fan's not going, roll up all the windows...oh! wait, wrong forum.
You know, a friend and I had a similar conversation about this same "topic" on Friday afternoon.
And less than 24 hours later, I naively submit the previous post.
What was I thinking?
After thinking about this a little more this evening, I think I'll just start while the box is still at room temperature and watch to see if it makes any difference. It will probably take longer for the box to heat up initially, but the results should be the same.
post #5 of 8
Wax liberally, dont scrape, throw skis into box, close, bake for 6hrs. Once cool finish up skis as you would normally. Done. I bake at whatever temp is just enough to start to melt the wax...not completely liquify.
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I think "bake" is the key word here. Ah, I think it's 4:20.
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Wax liberally, dont scrape, throw skis into box, close, bake for 6hrs. Once cool finish up skis as you would normally. Done. I bake at whatever temp is just enough to start to melt the wax...not completely liquify.
This is pretty much what I do. I bake for around 4 hours, though. 1 hour to get the skis to temp and then three hours at temp. I'm maintaining the skis at 130F with a warm (CH10 / Toko Yellow) wax.

I always hot scrape the skis a few times whether they are new or old to clean the bases prior to applying the hotbox wax.

In addition, with new skis, I put a heavy coat of wax on and let it cool. I then iron again and let it cool. I repeat this procedure 4 times adding wax as needed. New skis can absorb a lot of wax and I like to be sure that they won't come out of the hotbox with a lot of dry spots where all of the wax was pulled into the base.
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