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post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 

I got one more burn to do on my UDS drum. The question I have is.... how do you all go about cleaning it out after the burn. Mine had a painted coating on the inside.



post #2 of 10

If you have one, a power washer might be a good idea. Then I'd let the sun dry it out really well then do the seasoning. After that you're already ready to smoke/cook up some goodness.


If it's a new smoker for you it's probably a good idea to start with something easy that doesn't take too long like some ribs, chicken or sausage maybe, that can only deepen the seasoning too, then move on to a longer cook like pork shoulder then it's probably safe to take on a brisket as by then you'll know how it's working, how it behaves and it will be completely seasoned. 

post #3 of 10

My first questionis what was in your drum before you started all of this burning. If it had a paint coating are you talking about maybe a primer or did it have real paint in it. Cause if it had paint in it I might not use the drum. You cann't be sure what has inbedded itself in the drum metal itself. If you are comfortible with what was in your drum I would like Dick siad and pressure wash it and if you don't have one of those maybe look at a self serve car wash they have pressure washers.

post #4 of 10
Thread Starter 

My drum originally had Ethanal (sp?). It was painted on the inside and out. Doesn't have the paint odor anymore during the burns so, I think it all got burnt out. I just need to clean the inside out now. DO you usually sand them to finish removal or should I be good with just a good power washing?


Thanks again....

post #5 of 10

Ethanol is the drinking kind of alcohol . In other words it's booze or what you get by distilling booze. 

Unless it was denatured of couse. Denatured is another word for poisoned for tax purposes. Itself a crime in my opinion. It's the same as poisoning food in order to charge higher prices for what isn't poisoned. Dayum gubment .   

post #6 of 10

Ethanol will completely burn out of your drum.  Denatured ethanol has a couple percent unleaded gasoline mixed in to render it undrinkable for tax purposes, and the gasoline will also completely burn out of your barrel.

Edited by Que-ball - 6/8/10 at 3:19pm
post #7 of 10
Thread Starter 

Yeah, I wasn't worried about the prior contents of the drum... just the coating on the inside. but as I said above... there's no more odor . Do I just need to power wash it or do I need to get it down to bare metal?

post #8 of 10

Usually the additive used to denature ethanol is methanol.  Never heard of gasoline being used.

post #9 of 10

I have been informed that indeed, unleaded gas is now used...Live and learn.

post #10 of 10

Dick F. had your answer...  power wash it!   Let it dry, season it and you're good to go.

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