Is this barrel ok to use??

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Original poster
Jan 3, 2011
I got a 55 that had hydraulic fluid in it. Is it OK to use with a popper burn out. I have about 4 pallets..


Personally I'd look for a different drum but with that said I know people have used worse things and claim they are fine once burned out
If you could find a food grade barrel I would buy it instead but if that barrel is all you can find then it can be used with a little bit of extra work. I personally wouldn't ever use one but I have food grate barrel available to me and for some people that isn't an option so you have to make due.
Thanks for the info, I think I will keep looking for another barrel. Who knows I might get a wild hair and get this one cranking now. I am ready to do some smoking..
Clean it, burn it, season it, and cook on it.

The only thing I would check for is to make sure it does not have an epoxy liner. So long as there is no liner, its no different then a fuel oil tank or a diesel tank. Slightly different then a propane tank but not much. Both of the comp rigs I cook on are old diesel fuel tanks.

There are many options to clean it, I used dawn dish soap, you know,,,, the one that cuts grease  lol.

Good Luck which ever way you go.
What Tom said^^

If it does have an epoxy liner you either get it out the hard way with a grinder and wire wheel or what I did was have mine sandblasted for $20.

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