UDS Drum Questions

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by coffee_junkie, Jul 15, 2009.

  1. coffee_junkie

    coffee_junkie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    A fella just stopped by my office and said he has 2 barrels, they have been around his house for 20yrs, they are sealed type with the little 3" screw tops? He said I had to take both....do you folks think it is safe? Can a fire burn out most of the bad stuff? What about the sealed top, you would think there would be some way to get that top off.
    any help would be greatly appreciated, I am itchin' to make one of these things.
  2. pinkmeat

    pinkmeat Smoking Fanatic

    I cut the top off with a jigsaw. Do you know what was in the thing? It really may not matter after 20yrs.
  3. billbo

    billbo Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Personally I would want to know what the contents were. I would also want to know if they were lined or not. That would make my decision easy. Bad stuff in it, no way. Liner, too much work for me.

    I bought a new unlined drum for mine. I had the luxury of a dealer near me at a good price so I went for the new model. No fuss.
  4. bigsteve

    bigsteve Master of the Pit

    I'd pass. Burning out a barrel isn't going to negate all nasty chemicals that could have been in it. Some will disagree with that, but it's too risky IMHO.

    Find yourself a food grade barrel that has never had chemicals in it.
  5. rickw

    rickw Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    If I were make another uds I would opt for a brand new barrel. The burn out process is a pita imo.

    I agree, I would pass on them and look else where.
  6. Just built my UDS a few weeks ago and I 100% agree with this statement. I either underestimated the work involved or went overboard on getting the interior to bare metal.
  7. div

    div Smoking Fanatic

    Id take one, cut it in half and set some stone around it and use it for a fire pit
  8. travcoman45

    travcoman45 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Without knowin what was in em, I'd pass, some stuff will etch it's way rite inta the metal. That be why they line some drums. Petrol Chems will usually burn right out.

    I got a barrel from the local newspaper, had soy ink in em. Yes they were lined, but a 5 Million btu turbo torch took good care a that then just cleaned up with a wire brush in the angle grinder.

    See ifin ya can find a used stainless barrel, they ya gotter made!
  9. coffee_junkie

    coffee_junkie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    My wife works for the local newspaper so I thought I had an in with the printing press....but they are on an exchange program, I may need to just go "borrow" one from them...I have an ad in the classified for one.
    I did find a 30 gallon.....has anybody ever made one from this size? Too small?
    I want to do some local comp's next summer and my GOSM wont work (propane).
  10. travcoman45

    travcoman45 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I heard tell of a feller makin one outa a 30, called it a mini drum, never seen one. I run outa room in my 55 an have plans ta build a 4 er 5 rack unit in the near future!

    Maybe ya could buy one from the newspaper? Lotsa times there is just a deposit on em, so ya might just pay em that.

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