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Feb 20, 2011
Lubbock Texas
Hello All,

I am looking into doing my own UDS, however I am having trouble finding a barrel. The only one's I can find are from a tile store and it contained "marble resin". The company b/c of city code has done a 3x rinse, do yall think it would be safe? We are currently under a burn ban and if I do have to burn out it wont be until spring. The other thing is that they don't come with lids. They are only $8.00 each.

What yall think?
They are usually readily available.  Do a search in your are on Google for Food Grade Barrels.  have ;you checked out craigs list.  I have seen them there.  I have heard some food repackaging companies have them from veggy oil and such coming in bulk.  I have even seen them in the back of large resturants.  Hope this gives you some ideas.
They are very difficult to find in my area as well!  I thought it was going to be easy with all the food type processors etc in my area, but I learned a lot of them have switched over to plastic drums.  Ask friends to keep an eye out, I just happened to mention to someone at work how hard it was to find a drum and the guy was like really, how many do you want? LOL  Had one in a couple days.

If you get one that needs burned out, you don't necessarily have to build a stick fire in it, you can get a propane weed burner which is probably even easier I'd have to guess.  I burned a couple wooden pallets that didn't even touch the epoxy liner and I ended using a third option and had the barrel sandblasted for $20.

If you can't find one with a removable lid, cut the closed lid off and use a weber grill lid or walmart also sells an inexpensive uniflame brand round grill that you can make the lid fit on your drum.  
Just seen you're in Lubbock...does the Air Force still have any activities on the base that use to be there?  If so, if you can get a connection on base, they'll have many types of empties stock piled somewhere.  Not that I'd know mine came from a similar place. 
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