Well I constantly read about people boiling their chains in wax for a water proof lubricant. So I decided to try it.
I set up a double boiler using two different sized Maxwell House cans (worst coffee ever) I mixed 12 oz canning grade parafin (candle wax) with 10 oz. teflon oil additive. I also got a tin pie dish to keep myself from flinging hot waxy chain filth all over the kitchen. I degreased two chains and steeped them in the wax for 10 minutes apiece. I also did two new brake cables, because they were there. I hung the chains up and wiped off any excess wax, and let them cool. The cables went into the wax coiled and I let them dry coiled. I just picked off the excess wax. I'm going to pick up the chain to my fixed gear while I'm in Boston and I'll boil that one too.
I put the chains onto their respective bikes. Both are a geared: one's 21 spds the other 24. The chain on the 21 spd came out light and responsive. The 24spd is a little sluggish. But the 21 spd chain is fairly old while the 24 spd is a completely new drive train, so I think I'm just used to a perfect shifting machine. By the way both test drives where done at 20 degrees. At room temperature both chains behave like new. I took the 21 spd bike out in the snow and sludge today and I can see the water bead off the chain and a bit off the gear teeth. The chain is clean to the touch. I'm hoping I'll wear the 24 spd's chain in a bit because its my daily driver and I just love that bike. I figure I'll give these bikes no oil or lube for the winter season and see how they come out.
Keep checking in and I'll try to keep you guys updated as to how well this works. By the way I ride about 9-10 miles weekdays and more like 24 on the weekends. So these chains won't receive an epic amount of miles but enough for us to get a rough estimate as to how well this works in replacing that filthy gritty wet lube.