Question About Drums....

Discussion in 'UDS Builds' started by todd morrill, Jan 2, 2015.

  1. todd morrill

    todd morrill Newbie

    I live in south america, what should I look for in a good drum?

    What should I lookout for / avoid?

    I want to make sure I am not getting toxic chemicals etc....

    If I dont know what it was used for previously? Is this risky? 

    I did try searching a bit for this but no luck...

    Also in the usa where is a good place to get a drum if I choose to just play it safe and import..... ?
    Last edited: Jan 2, 2015
  2. timberjet

    timberjet Master of the Pit

    You can use any kind of drum, just be sure to burn it out really really good and then scrub it out very well, then season it real good. I use a whole pallet per barrel and that does the trick. Not one stitch of paint left or anything else for that matter. One thing I would caution you against would be any barrel with a red or brown liner in it. It may say food grade or something like that on the barrel but that stuff is very hard to get out. It will not burn out and you would have to grind it all out. not fun. I like drums with the removable lid with two bung holes in it, one small and one bigger. That way you can use the lid that came with the barrel until you find a kettle lid if you are so inclined. I just use the flat lid and have no problems. It is nice to be able to put the plugs back in to seal it up from rain, pests etc.... If you have any questions shoot.
  3. Todd [​IMG]

    You want a food grade drum. If you can find a UN coated drum that is better.

    The red lining is the worst.

    I see this is your first post. When you get a chance will you drop by roll call so everyone can give you a proper SMF welcome? Also if you will add your location to your profile that would help.

    Happy smoken.

  4. Hello.  If not sure what was in the barrel do the burn out in the wide open spaces and stay out of any smoke.  Once burned out you should be fine but as an example if you are burning poison ivy and get into the smoke you can break out in the rash and I'm sure it can't be good for your lungs.  Just use common sense precautions and you should be ok.  As stated above a food grade barrel would probably be the best bet but getting that liner out can be a pain.  Just my opinion.  Keep Smokin!

  5. timberjet

    timberjet Master of the Pit

    My drum had candle wax gel in it and it is fine. Been smoking food on it for near 3 years now, no illnesses yet. Food grade drums always have a liner and the liner is toxic when you burn it. Therefore no benefit to a food grade drum. period.

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