The melting point of pure coconut oil is 78 degrees Fahrenheit. If there are impurities in the coconut oil, the melting point rises to accommodate all the impure substances. Since the melting point is 78 degrees Fahrenheit, coconut oil is always solid at room temperature.
To melt coconut oil for recipes, the oil and its container can be placed near a heating duct or run under warm water. However, these methods can take a long time to melt the oil if there is a large amount of it in the container. To quicken the melting time, remove the amount of coconut oil needed for a recipe, and melt it over the stove or in the microwave.