Safety when cutting drum barrel

Discussion in 'Smoker Builds' started by qwertyjjj, May 8, 2016.

  1. qwertyjjj

    qwertyjjj Newbie

    I have 2 old drum barrels that I want to cut to make a smoker out of 1 (55gal) and a mini propane BBQ out of the other (10gallon).
    The 55 gl only had coconut milk in it and has been washed out. The 10gl had some kind of almond oil in it.
    Do you fill them up with water and then cut? I have an angle grinder but maybe a jigsaw with metal blade would be easier?
    How do you avoid the water getting onto the blades/cutting tools?
     
  2. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    If you are making an UDS, below is a plan for a closed top drum...    You don't need to leave water in them when cutting....    Rinse them out after the cut... 

    ...click on pics to enlarge.....


     
  3. qwertyjjj

    qwertyjjj Newbie

    I'm making a horizontal type smoker. Thought I'd heard that some barrels with old oil on could ignite from a spark if enclosed?
     
  4. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

  5. qwertyjjj

    qwertyjjj Newbie

    Maybe oregano oil... did say on the side but they label's gone now
     
  6. qwertyjjj

    qwertyjjj Newbie

    What temperature is a spark off a grinder against metal running into fumes or oil?
     
  7. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Never happen....   vapor pressure of those oils won't allow it....  they need to be "smoking"....  literally smoking in a skillet at 400 deg. or higher.... 
     
  8. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    As Dave has pointed out those oils aren't going t flash. If you are still concerned fill the barrels with Dawn dish soap and water. Allow to sit for a few days then empty. Then cut. I'd use a grinder, not a jig saw.
     
  9. qwertyjjj

    qwertyjjj Newbie

    Can't a grinder pinch between the metal and kickback? Especially at the top of barrel where the lip is thicker?
     
  10. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    There's always that risk when cutting anything even with a saw...
     

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