Question about burning a barrel out

Discussion in 'UDS Builds' started by iceman61, Jan 12, 2012.

  1. iceman61

    iceman61 Newbie

    I had a 55gal steel barrel that I was burning out for my UDS build. This food grade barrel had a brown painted inside which I am assuming was the dreaded liner. I picked up a mixture of hardwood from a pile of broken pallets & started my fire. After about 4-5 hours of burning I looked inside & had about one foot deep of hot coals. The next day I came back out & noticed the only about half of the outside paint had burned off & about 90% of the liner. Under the liner was another layer of blue paint. I installed a paint stripping disk on my angle grinder & started trying to dress up the inside to see what I had. What I though was soot on the inside was actually still liner residue with a blue paint layer under it. [​IMG]

    My questions are:

    1 - Is this common for a burning out a barrel with a liner?

    2 - Do lined barrels take more than one burn out? In other words, if I do another burn out or two, will the other layers of paint come out?

    I'm actually asking this for my next barrel because on more inspection I noticed this barrel had several rusted pinholes in the bottom so Im making a trash barrel out of this one.
  2. eman

    eman Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member

    There have been a few folks go mad trying to get the liner out of a barrel.

     LOL, The liner is different depending on what the barrel was used for and may or may not burn out .

    May or may not come out w/ a grinder. may or may not come out at all.

     best bet is to keep searching for an unlined barrel.
  3. boykjo

    boykjo SAUSAGE MAKER Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Forget the food grade barrel... Just find one without a liner that didnt have any toxic chemicals. Try a lube place for a  oil barrel....... wont have any problems burning it out

  4. sprky

    sprky Master of the Pit OTBS Member

  5. I just burned mine out with a propane weed torch and am taking it to a buddy with a sandblaster.  I'm thinking the combination of the two will remove the food grade liner.
  6. When using a barrel I use motor oil barrels. If you want to save the paint take it to a car wash. Spray it down with gunk engine cleaner then pressure wash or extremely hot water and dawn dish soap. Either way they clean out easily.

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