Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by craig chamberlain, Apr 29, 2009.

  1. I'm sure this question has been asked before but I don't have the time to read all the posts tonight.
    I have someone in a body shop who is willing to give me some 55 gal. drums free that had car paint in them, my question is can I burn out the paint and will it be safe enough for smoking?
    If I want the drums I have to get them tomorrow morning, the price is right but it's a matter of is it safe.
    I'm thinking it is but would like to hear from someone who knows more about it.
  2. billbo

    billbo Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    You will want to see if the drum has the dreaded liner. Liners can be hard to remove. Take a look at this

    Hope this helps. From what I have read most drums that didnt have poison in them can be burned out and rendered harmless. You will definitely want to burn out a drum that has had paint in it very well.
  3. scrutley

    scrutley Newbie

    It varies by type of paint and solvent, but in general burning (or attempting to burn) paint is one of the best way to release the worst chemicals and fumes possible into the air.

    I would strongly advise against it, as someone who used to work in the paint industry.
  4. billbo

    billbo Master of the Pit OTBS Member

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