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old anti-freeze tank???

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 
i found an awesome deal on craigslist. it's an old tank that was used for storing anti-freeze for a construction company. it's 13' long, 28" ID, 1/4" thick. i'm just curious if this thing is gonna be safe to use to build a smoker? any help would be super duper.

called the guy and asked what the tank was used for. ad didn't tell that info.
post #2 of 12
Well anti-freeze is not something you would want to ingest in any shape or form. Personaly I wouldn't mess with it, but if you do give it a good power wash, and then burn it out with a really hot fire a couple of times.
post #3 of 12
I only a couple of letters:
post #4 of 12
Thread Starter 
that' sall i needed. 2 quick replys and the same conclusion. i'll call the old man back and tell him "PISS OFF YOU OLD BUGGER!" i did call him and "reserve" the tank, if it was going to be ok to build with. thanks you guys.
post #5 of 12 polite.
post #6 of 12


My 55 gal drum was used for Hydraulic fluid. I made my cuts in it for the lid and sprayed it throughly with degreeser. I then took it to the car wash and high pressure washed it on the "degrees engine" setting. Then I did a final high pressure rinse. When I had the unit built, I burned it at 550-600 degrees F for a half hour solid three times. This let me see if I got any funny looking smoke and weird smells out of it. I've been using it ever since.
But antifreeze kills. I had a coon dog get into some and drink it, he was dead the next day.
post #7 of 12
many of the glycols are found in a bazillion different products including deoderant and even dog food. Its a petrolium base and should clean out with degreaser and a good burn. the main worry would be the heavy metals but your gunna finds those in pretty much any steel tank. id jump on it.
post #8 of 12
I agree with the above^

Many many BBQ tanks are from old tanks that come from farm yards, or service shops, that are filled with all kinds of goodies before being sent to scrap.

I know there are very dangerous things out there to avoid. However, if you can get your hands on a professional grade pressure washer, and hours and hours of hot fire burning in it (lather, rinse, repeat) I think you should jump on the tank as well. Take your time on it, and it will outlast you and the generations to follow
post #9 of 12
was just looking at the ingredients in morton tender quick. contains propelyne glycol. kind of ironic, eh.
post #10 of 12
Just one word... NO!
post #11 of 12

No! No! No!

Ethylene glycol kills in even small doses and this is the primary active ingredient in common antifreeze and should be avoided at all times. You can not guarantee that you will get it all and if you plan to feed friends and family with this thing you should stay away.
post #12 of 12
burn it out and cook some food on it..then find yourself a lab rat icon_smile.gif
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