Call on ye drum experts

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by donnylove, Apr 18, 2009.

  1. donnylove

    donnylove Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    So my local drum reconditioner turned out to be a dud. When I finally picked up my drum (which at $40 was no great bargain anyway, but at least I figured I could build) and opened it up, there was a liner. Grrrr. Back to square one.

    So yesterday I came across an add on tradio for some open head drums that a farmer has. There is a read liner or some sort of paint on the inside but it is mostly peeled off already and I'll have no trouble getting the rest off with a wire wheel. However there is some rust on the barrel. Nothing terrible and certainly no structural issues. Mostly rusty around the lip. Is this okay? Please tell me I can still use this drum. Lie to me if you have to.

    Is there anything special I should do to it to keep it from rusting further? Besides painting the outside that is . . .

    Thanks in advance!
  2. donnylove

    donnylove Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    To further complicate things, it appears that these drums are 85-gallon salvage drums. Bigger drum, bigger smoker I suppose, but what do I use for a cooking grate then?
  3. rickw

    rickw Master of the Pit OTBS Member

  4. donnylove

    donnylove Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    Ah yes. Thanks

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