And if on a dreary day you need to kill time in a useful way you can always try this: http://www.ecovelo.info/2010/05/30/chain-maintenance-for-clean-freaks/
Ha ha! I actually have 10lbs of paraffin wax and a melting pot for it... (My boyfriend has taken up candlemaking as a hobby) But using it for a chain just sounds weird. Have you used it, Frits?
Of course not. Time spent on cleaning chains is time wasted, especially when they do their job inside a closed chaincase. Same as with my washing machine. Mine is 15 years old and started dropping some plastic parts from inside. I opened the side panel, saw the mechanicals and immediately screwed the panel back on. It still works perfectly.