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Can't Find a Good Drum Source

bbqguy88

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Hey all,

I recently have started the planning process of building my own UDS, however as I have learned its not been an easy process of obtaining a good used 55 gallon steel drum. I got ideas from this forum and others on where to call and so far I have called multiple places like a bakery, tractor supply, a coke bottling plant (have not returned call yet), home brew store, and several large breweries around me. Most either don't sell them as they are a deposit drum or simply don't have them to sell. I have also checked craigslist but no luck. Does anyone know anywhere where I could buy a used drum fairly cheap maybe $20-40. I am preferably looking for an unlined drum that held something other than oil or the like. However I will most likely take anything at this point. Any help is greatly appreciated!

I live in the Lehigh Valley Region of Pennsylvania (Allentown, Bethlehem, Easton area)
 
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kathrynn

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check your local Craigs List.  That is where lots of the guys here have found leads.

Kat
 

bbqguy88

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Thanks for the quick reply! I have been checking craigslist but no one seems to have anything around me the closest person that has a metal barrel for sale is over an hour away. If worse comes to worse I may just have to take a road trip to get them
 

flyboys

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I live in Bucks County and just got one last week from a guy in Bristol for $25. That would be a little bit of a hike for you though. It also had a tan lining, so I'm getting it sandblasted. There's a place in Quakertown that does it. There is also a guy in Collegeville selling them for $15. I found both of them on Philly's Craigslist. I'll keep my ears open for you. Did you check the truck place on 309 just below Coopersburg, maybe they have some old storage ones? You could try Davis Feed Mill in Perkasie too.
 

bbqguy88

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Thanks for reply! I did see the guy in bristol and he looks like he has a good selection but yeah it would be a little ways away for me. I will be sure to check out the guy in collegeville as it would be a little closer. I didn't check the truck place yet but that is definitely a place i'll give a call to! I appreciate the info! 
 

flyboys

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Anytime, I hope it works out for you. Just so you know, the guy in Bristol doesn't have lids, or didn't last week. The guy in Collegeville has ones that stored some type of fruit concentrate I believe. His were closed tops and seeing that they stored food, that pretty much means they have a liner. Let me know how you make out. Not too much to pick from in our area, that I know of at least.
 

foamheart

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If I lived around Allentown, I would go make a friend at the Mack Plant, Clean transmission oil is no biggie to burn out.

Just a thought.
 

Bearcarver

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Welcome BBQguy!!

I was born & raised in Bucks County (Quakertown), but now we live in Macungie,---------------- Mack Truck.

Bear
 

flyboys

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Welcome BBQguy!!

I was born & raised in Bucks County (Quakertown), but now we live in Macungie,---------------- Mack Truck.

Bear
I follow your posts and have tried and kept many of your recipes, and I can honestly say you are one heck of a cook.  I was born and raised in Philly and now live just south of Quakertown.  Seeing that you are pretty close, I may just have to follow the smoke trail next time you are cooking!
 

webowabo

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Thanks for reply! I did see the guy in bristol and he looks like he has a good selection but yeah it would be a little ways away for me. I will be sure to check out the guy in collegeville as it would be a little closer. I didn't check the truck place yet but that is definitely a place i'll give a call to! I appreciate the info! 
Down here in Texas almost every gravel company also sells drums.. thats where I found mine. Not sure if its a tx thing.. but its worth a try to check gravel and sand places.
 

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