Sandblast-burn-and no washing
.....any opinions would be much appreciated.
Hello. Welcome. I see this is your first post. Please take some time and swing over to Roll Call and introduce yourself so that we may give you a proper "Hello". All info you can provide us with such as smoker type, location and so on will help us answer any questions you may have. As for your question: Here is my opinion for what it is worth. Others will have different advice. This is only my opinion. Unless you can sandblast it for FREE; I would burn it and see what I was left with after that. Sandblasting MIGHT not need to be done. MAYBE a powerwash afterward if you are left with lots of black soot. IF free sandblasting is available then sand blast, burn and no powerwash. I don't know your experience so I will add 1 warning: After you burn those barrels they will start to rust overnight. Light surface rust which is no problem, BUT they will rust quickly. Previously heated metal rusts quicker than just bare metal. Just food for thought. Good luck. Be sure to post picts of the build. Keep Smokin!
heres the build i did the only thing i did was burn mine out. mine had oil in them so i burned them out at almost 1000 degrees. im currently pulling off the bottom barrel as my firebox because im losing way to much heat off the barrel. i inherited a wood stove so thats what im using. i thought about wrapping the barrel with a welding blanket but the wood stove was FREE.
Hello. If you have the sandblaster I would blast it first and then burn just for peace of mind. I'm with you on the removal. Non-Toxic at what temp? Non-toxic at 32-150, but what about 350-375? We are taking products intended for one use and putting them to use in ways they were never intended for. My BEST advice is sandblast first and then blast, burn and/or wash until you are happy for your loved ones to eat food prepared in that smoker. If we see you about to make a BIG food safety NO-NO someone will shout it out. The end of the day, you gotta feel confident it is safe. Makes no difference what any of us say. It's your family and friends. Trust your gut.
As to the heat loss; YES, when you are using a double barrel system you will lose significant heat from your firebox. Have you thought of a UDS build? Just a thought. Keep Smokin!
Hello. Rock wool will certainly work well. You say you have 3 barrels, for your fire box maybe a barrel inside a barrel with rock wool between? That should give you welding nightmares. If you can pull it off, it should work well. Anytime you need another CRAZY idea you know where to find me. Good luck. Keep Smokin!
Hello. DAD GUM IT; I KNEW this would happen when I suggested it! You HAD to come up with and idea and THEN ask didn't ya? NOW you got me curious! My first response is dunno, but now I have to start searching the net. I am also a build it once guy if possible. SO much easier that tearing things apart. I'll let ya know what I find. Keep us posted.
Hello RW. So to clarify, you mean installing plating of some sort to cover the gap from the outside of the firebox barrel to the outside of the cooking chamber barrel so that the heat will be contained and forced up to the cooking chamber? BTW, good to see you again.
well gods i got a chance to work on the smoker. heres a before and after pic. little did i realize that there is a baffle plate in the top of the woodstove. i fired it up and couldnt get the cc to above 100 degrees. i was all stoked to fire it up tomorrow. it does hold in alot of heat. well tomorrow will be the day to fire up the cutting torch and get that baffle plate out of there. in all honesty i really like how it looks.
Hello godscountry. Well there you go! I can't testify Ribwizzard can boil water BUT what I can testify to is that Florida boy KNOWS his stuff when building a smoker!!!!!!! GREAT advice there. Now it's down to you to get 'er built. Keep us posted. Good luck.
yes farmer its a drelot wood stove i got for free. it holds heat awesome. now i have to cut the baffle out to get heat up the pipe. im seeing one problem to much heat lol. we shall see tomorrow. ill keep you guys posted. whats awesome is it is so easy to take apart.