Afterburn cleaning

Discussion in 'Smoker Builds' started by shierkahn, Jun 1, 2010.

  1. I got one more burn to do on my UDS drum. The question I have is.... how do you all go about cleaning it out after the burn. Mine had a painted coating on the inside.

  2. dick foster

    dick foster Smoking Fanatic

    If you have one, a power washer might be a good idea. Then I'd let the sun dry it out really well then do the seasoning. After that you're already ready to smoke/cook up some goodness.

    If it's a new smoker for you it's probably a good idea to start with something easy that doesn't take too long like some ribs, chicken or sausage maybe, that can only deepen the seasoning too, then move on to a longer cook like pork shoulder then it's probably safe to take on a brisket as by then you'll know how it's working, how it behaves and it will be completely seasoned. 
  3. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    My first questionis what was in your drum before you started all of this burning. If it had a paint coating are you talking about maybe a primer or did it have real paint in it. Cause if it had paint in it I might not use the drum. You cann't be sure what has inbedded itself in the drum metal itself. If you are comfortible with what was in your drum I would like Dick siad and pressure wash it and if you don't have one of those maybe look at a self serve car wash they have pressure washers.
  4. My drum originally had Ethanal (sp?). It was painted on the inside and out. Doesn't have the paint odor anymore during the burns so, I think it all got burnt out. I just need to clean the inside out now. DO you usually sand them to finish removal or should I be good with just a good power washing?

    Thanks again....
  5. dick foster

    dick foster Smoking Fanatic

    Ethanol is the drinking kind of alcohol [​IMG]. In other words it's booze or what you get by distilling booze. [​IMG]

    Unless it was denatured of couse. Denatured is another word for poisoned for tax purposes. Itself a crime in my opinion. It's the same as poisoning food in order to charge higher prices for what isn't poisoned. Dayum gubment [​IMG].   
    Last edited: Jun 2, 2010
  6. que-ball

    que-ball Smoking Fanatic

    Ethanol will completely burn out of your drum.  Denatured ethanol has a couple percent unleaded gasoline mixed in to render it undrinkable for tax purposes, and the gasoline will also completely burn out of your barrel.
    Last edited: Jun 8, 2010
  7. Yeah, I wasn't worried about the prior contents of the drum... just the coating on the inside. but as I said above... there's no more odor . Do I just need to power wash it or do I need to get it down to bare metal?
  8. roklimo

    roklimo Smoke Blower

    Usually the additive used to denature ethanol is methanol.  Never heard of gasoline being used.
  9. roklimo

    roklimo Smoke Blower

    I have been informed that indeed, unleaded gas is now used...Live and learn.
  10. Dick F. had your answer...  power wash it!   Let it dry, season it and you're good to go.

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