Another UDS question

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by mrwizardgi, Sep 16, 2008.

  1. mrwizardgi

    mrwizardgi Meat Mopper

    If it's a food grade barrel is there still a need to do a 'burn out'? Do I need to burn the outside paint off? Thanks for your help. I'm looking forward to this build!

  2. bbq bubba

    bbq bubba Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Unless the inside is bare steel, that coating has to come off.

    Burn baby burn!!
  3. guvna

    guvna Smoking Fanatic

    i'm with bubba on this one. IMO, you should burn it out no matter what was in it. then you get to repaint it any color you want!
  4. mrwizardgi

    mrwizardgi Meat Mopper

    Good call. I was more curious than anything. I'll have to get a hold of some wood to do this. I'm assuming a person would want wood that would typically be used for smoking as well to do this. Yes? I wouldn't want to use pine, etc., etc., to do the job...

    Thanks for the great info.

  5. earache_my_eye

    earache_my_eye Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Seriously....I don't think it matters for the burn-out....get the hottest burning wood you can get your hands're going to clean the inside out afterwards anyway. Pine would really get any coating hot enough to brush away after the burn-out.

    My $.02,
  6. danbury

    danbury Smoking Fanatic

    I would not use pine. I would use any of the hardwoods that can be used for smoking/bbq-ing. I've been around pine all my life and it's going to burn hot, but there is also going to be a residue.
  7. bbq bubba

    bbq bubba Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I burn all my drums with busted up pallets......usually pine.
  8. mrwizardgi

    mrwizardgi Meat Mopper

    OK. I was curious if the pine would leave a bad residue, but it sounds like it might be ok. I'm just looking for a cheap source of wood to do the burning as all I have are my chunks that I use in my smoker.

    Another question now:

    Are there any safe chemicals that would do the job just as well without the burning? Something 'green' like vinegar? Or a dilute acid or base?

    I'm not sure what the 'lining' of the barrels is, but one would think that there might be something you could use that wouldn't be too harsh to damage the barrel or leave behind any nasty residue...I don't know. That's why I'm asking the experts here!

    Thanks again for the help!

  9. earache_my_eye

    earache_my_eye Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    It may not have the lining at'll have to see when you get the barrels.
    It us usually some type of epoxy coating (paint?) on the inside...I think it would take some pretty harsh chemicals to break that down. If it DOES have the lining/coating inside, burning it out is the easiest/safest way. Find some pallets.....tree branches.....scrap lumber from a building site....or whatever you can. I wouldn't waste my smoking wood for a burn-out, though.....[​IMG]

    Save that for creating some delicious food instead.....[​IMG]

  10. div

    div Smoking Fanatic

    I tossed a few logs and about 4-5 pallets worth and my first one had a lining....second one was veg oil, had no lining but I still did the burn to get the oil out and burn off the paint on the outside for an easy 5 minute hand sanding before painting... Also you might be able to get a body shop to sandblast it for cheap...sandblasting would be the easier and most efficent way to get the liner and paint off but you would have to pick it up and paint it right after it was done because it will start to rust out very quickly.
  11. mrwizardgi

    mrwizardgi Meat Mopper

    I thought about sandblasting. I think our metal shop here at school has one. I wonder if I could 'borrow' it after hours, or have a student work on a 'special' project...hmm...[​IMG]

    Thanks again for the info. I'll have to find some pallets or something. I don't have fire wood just lying around and picking some up from somewhere would be difficult given my time constraints and lack of truck. I'll have to 'shop' around.[​IMG]


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