Ethan, that's really unfortunate. I've never had that happen, thank goodness. I don't rememeber what you are using for the wax bath, but until I got my roaster, I used a cheap throwaway aluminium lasagna pan and a cooking thermometer I bought at Wal-mart. Actually 2 pans stacked just to add a little stability. our stove top has a flat griddle in the middle and I would set the pans on there and heat the wax to about 225F, give it a good stir to distribute the heat throughout and then turn off the flame completely and put the whip in. I've heard of people using hotter wax, but I've always been afraid to. I've also heard of using the oven instead of a burner on top of the stove, or a large 5 or 7 gallon pot, but have not tried either of those.
Diagonally parked in a parallel universe.