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Total noob looking for advice on barrel cleaning and burning
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Short answer is yes. The main thing is to drill your intake holes before you do the burn out for good air flow. 2 pallets is perfect for the burn out and pallet wood burns clean. It does not matter what was in the drum as you will be taking it down to bare metal with the burn anyway. I used a barrel that had candle wax in it when I built mine.
If you can find a drum with the removable lid you will be better off unless you already have a weber kettle lid laying around. The stock lid with the 2 inch and 1 inch bung holes is perfect. If not you can cut the lid off down the side a couple of inches and use a sleeve inside the drum for it to sit down on. By the way welcome. When you get a chance swing by roll call so we can give you a proper howdy do. If you have any more questions fire away.