Kerosene drum for a smoker

Discussion in 'Wood Smokers' started by cjones636, Jan 9, 2012.

  1. cjones636

    cjones636 Newbie

    I Have a few of these 55 gallon drums laying around that have been setting behind the barn for years (over 10) i picked out one that had a hole in the area where a stove pipe would go.  I poured water and soap in it and slush it around. I Was so nervous cutting this thing but got it done with all my body parts still attached. I Got to thinking though after i got it cut, can i even use a kerosene drum for a meat smoker? even if i burn a fire in it for 8 hours or longer? Did i just do this for no reason? these are the only drums i got and i can't just go down and buy these and ordering them online is like $74 + $74 s/h

    Would it be okay to continue this before i get to far ahead? would it be safe to eat meats that come out of it after i season the drum?
     
    Last edited: Jan 10, 2012
  2. you'll be fine just burn a good fire in it
     
  3. adiochiro3

    adiochiro3 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    The good thing about kerosene is it is pretty low on the volatility list (think diesel).  Doesn't flash or ignite or plume like gasoline, etc. -- so sparks are not generally an issue.  If you're sure it was only kerosene -- AND it does not have a liner/coating inside, I would do a long, hot burn before smoking any food in it.  Here's another SMF thread on the subject:

    http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/t/114814/my-uds-build

    Let us know what you do, how you do it, and don't forget the pix!
     
  4. cjones636

    cjones636 Newbie


    i will take some pictures as i continue the build, but it's raining today and i can't get out there to do anything today :(
     

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