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Smoke Blower
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Aug 25, 2009
Cross Plains, WI
Long time no post. Good to be back.. I have decided to join the world of the UDS. One question. I am using a barrel that once contained methanol. I am positive that it has a coating on the inside. So, I cut the top off and drilled my 4 vent holes in the bottom. I have now LOADED it full of twigs and logs to do my burn out. I have not purchased a torch yet so that was not an option. Do you think that this fire will be sufficient? Do I need to make sure that all the paint on the.exterior burns off to ensure the inside is clean? Thanks!
That fire will be good.....  you will never, I hope, smoke food at that temp..... brush out the inside to remove any scaling and coat with veggie oil or flax oil and cure at 350-400 during a trial run....  you will be ready to make some great Q........  If you do see any additional reside inside when the burn is over, It shouldn't go anywhere...  

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If you are worried......  throw the lid on it.... it will die right down and run at about 400 with the three vents open in the bottom...
Ok, new week. Time to finish. The fire did not take 100% of the coating off. There is still quite a bit around the top of the barrel. I bought a weed burner. So, I am able to get a lot of the coating to peel up.and burn off with the weed burner, but there are some parts that are being stubborn. These spots I have even tried a blow torch on. I hit it with the torch for about 5 minutes and they didn't budge. Do you think they are all right to leave on?
Brush out/clean out the inside residue, sand the outside clean and then wipe it with denatured alcohol and paint it.  Coat the inside with whatever cooking oil/grease you want, I use the canola spray in a can from Wally World and you're good to go.  
I burned mine out and then borrowed a buddy's sand blaster to be sure.  I called a restoration shop in town and he offered to blast it for $25.  It might be worth it to call around and get the inside blasted.  I'd definitely pay someone else to do it if I had to do it again.
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