Originally Posted by inkjunkie
From everything I have read a good burn or 2 will take care of the oil residue.Just wipe it out with mineral spirits to get,rid of what you can. My drum was lined, took some elbow grease to get it cleaned out. If I wasn't so damn stubborn I would have had just had it media blasted....
Yep! I tried to find a place to sandblast it for me, 70 bucks is what I found it cost!!! Good night nurse!!! Especially since I am working on doing this as free or cheap as possible, that far exceeds what I am able to pay.
But in happy news, I got a 22 inch Weber kettle grill off of Craigslist for 25 dollars. He just had bought new grates for it about 6 months ago but they just sold their house and are moving far away and didn't want to bring it. The cooking grate is even the one that has the hinge that lifts so you can add coal! The lid is in almost perfect condition. Total score in my book since I couldn't have even bought the grates alone for 30-35. I'd like to get my hands on one more cooking grate but I can wait for one to be the right price lol. This grill is pretty nice, makes me a little sad to part it out for the uds but I just couldn't beat the price!!! I do love a charcoal grill so I will have to keep my eyes open for another one.
And THEN I got a piece of expanded metal for the basket for 7 bucks from this super cool metal yard in Eugene. They guy was pretty interested on my little project, he has a super sweet trailer BBQ setup. The place is called Coyote Steel. He had a remnant that was almost perfect in size. It may be a hair too small but my dad said he could make it work. He is an expert welder. It's 13x37. He has little pieces of steel rod he could use to make the basket wider in diameter but I think we are gonna see how big a basket it will really make first. I think it would be about 11 inches across, math and I aren't friends so I could be wrong about that lol.
I've bought some hardware from harbor freight and bi-mart and pipe nipples and caps at home depot. I think I have just under $50 in this thing so far. I didn't buy a ball valve, they were like 15 and I didn't have that to spend at the time so right now I have 4 black pipe nipple (3/4 inch) and caps. But maybe after we get paid I'll go get one.