Is this barrel ok to use??

Discussion in 'UDS Builds' started by bigred150, Jan 3, 2011.

  1. bigred150

    bigred150 Newbie

    I got a 55 that had hydraulic fluid in it. Is it OK to use with a popper burn out. I have about 4 pallets..


  2. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    Personally I'd look for a different drum but with that said I know people have used worse things and claim they are fine once burned out
  3. ak1

    ak1 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Give it a good wash prior to the burn, then a few good washes after the burn and you should be fine.
  4. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    If you could find a food grade barrel I would buy it instead but if that barrel is all you can find then it can be used with a little bit of extra work. I personally wouldn't ever use one but I have food grate barrel available to me and for some people that isn't an option so you have to make due.
  5. bigred150

    bigred150 Newbie

    Thanks for the info, I think I will keep looking for another barrel. Who knows I might get a wild hair and get this one cranking now. I am ready to do some smoking..
  6. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Have you checked Craig's List in your area for food grade barrels? That is where I found mine.
  7. tom37

    tom37 Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Clean it, burn it, season it, and cook on it.

    The only thing I would check for is to make sure it does not have an epoxy liner. So long as there is no liner, its no different then a fuel oil tank or a diesel tank. Slightly different then a propane tank but not much. Both of the comp rigs I cook on are old diesel fuel tanks.

    There are many options to clean it, I used dawn dish soap, you know,,,, the one that cuts grease  lol.

    Good Luck which ever way you go.
  8. deannc

    deannc Master of the Pit

    What Tom said^^

    If it does have an epoxy liner you either get it out the hard way with a grinder and wire wheel or what I did was have mine sandblasted for $20.

    Get to building, we need some Qview!  

    We're waiting![​IMG]

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