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10 barrels full of windshield washing fluid!!

Discussion in 'UDS Builds' started by les3176, Dec 11, 2010.

  1. les3176

    les3176 Master of the Pit

    Not sure if this is where this post goes,if it needs moved please do. I just got home with 10 full 55 gallon drums of windshield washing fluid from my local napa parts store.All drums are brand new and in great shape no dings or dents in them!  now i have the task of pumping the fluid into the tires of our 2 new 5101en John deere cab tractors.So would the drums be safe to use in a uds? We use washer fluid because it will not rust out the rims of tires,so that makes me think that it cant be too harmful? I have read alot of posts on here so i know i will have to do a burnout in them,will that be enough?? Also i will not be doing any type of build for some time should i burn them out and let one sit or is it ok to wait till im going to start them burn one out? All these drums after my wife asked me if i wanted a electric smoker for christmas! lol, I dont think im going to tell her about the drums till after holidays!!  Please drop me a line on the safety of the drums...thanks all
  2. Bearcarver

    Bearcarver SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Group Lead OTBS Member

    Somebody will be along to help you. I'm an electric smoker guy myself.

    I just looked where you are in PA. You can't go much farther Northwest in PA without getting wet, can you!

  3. deannc

    deannc Master of the Pit

    I don't see any issue with the contents (washer fluid) and I'd just wait until your ready to start the build before burning it out.  If they don't have an epoxy type liner you'll have smooth sailing!  
  4. tom37

    tom37 Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    Store them until you are ready, burn it out, build it and smoke it.

    Very nice score.
  5. les3176

    les3176 Master of the Pit

    Thanks all,I didnt think there would be a problem with washer fluid.But i have not open them up yet to see if there is a epoxy liner in them,if there is will it be a problem to remove it??? And bear I live in Harborcreek pa, which is just outside Erie about 2-3 miles.As far as the lake goes its about a mile from my house so its very close!!!
  6. rw willy

    rw willy Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    I think it depends what brand of fluid.  I checked "Peak" fluid and it has antifreeze in it (Propylene Glyco  l) same stuff used in RV antifreeze.  Probably not the worst for you.  Just look into the product and obtain the MSDS form Napa.

    Proceed with caution, then build.  You'll love the UDS.
  7. eman

    eman Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member

    washer fluid contains methenol . so when you burn it out make sure you have

    good venilation as burning methanol causes carbon monoxide and  formaldahide
  8. The manufacturer probably has an MSDS sheet available online, that will tell you exactly what is in your drums.
    Last edited: Dec 11, 2010
  9. les3176

    les3176 Master of the Pit

    Thanks,it will be burned outside so no problem with venilation.i am currently looking for a msds and hoping for no epoxy liner!
  10. meateater

    meateater Legendary Pitmaster SMF Premier Member

    I would say power wash them and give it a good burn, now if there lined you have some work ahead of you. I think they only line food grade barrels but don't hold me to that. Either way you will love the drum smoker. [​IMG]  Here's a wiki to help out, lots of way's to build them so get creative this is just how I did mine.

  11. rw willy

    rw willy Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    I used a drum with anti freeze in it.  The product is shipped in a flimsy plastic drum inserted in the steel drum..  The plastic one slides out easy, a clamp style lid on the drum.  The steel drum was spotless, but had the liner.  used a rosebud tip on an oxy/acy torch.  So, any drum may be lined.

    Good luck
  12. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    I would be careful for what Bob (eman) said. You don't want to mess with any of them chemicals they just sounds bad for you. So I really don't see anything wrong with using them for a smoker so go for it and be careful.
    Last edited: Dec 12, 2010