Where can I get a food grade steel barrel to make a somker with in Lake George, ny.....Adirondack ar

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by upstatejay, Apr 27, 2015.

  1. I have been searching Craig's list....and have called a few places one in Buffalo.

    The price of the barrel is low but the shipping is what is expensive.  Anyone in the same area that knows of a local spot to get a steel barrel???
     
  2. bmaddox

    bmaddox Master of the Pit

    I have no idea but I can tell you that "food grade" is not necessary and actual makes it harder to build (as I found out the hard way). The food grade part applies to the liner that you are going to burn out anyways. If you can find an unlined steel drum that would work better and save you some time and effort.
     
  3. timberjet

    timberjet Master of the Pit

    exactly right. No need for food grade. I would look for one that had a petroleum product in it, they are usually unlined. Feed stores, fuel depot's, candle makers, there are lots of places you can find barrels for little or no money.
     
  4. tropics

    tropics Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    As stated above also look at Car Dealerships.
     
  5. I thought a drum that had fuel in it was no good?
     
  6. timberjet

    timberjet Master of the Pit

    It makes no difference whatsoever what was in the drum as you will be taking it all down to bare metal anyway and burning it out at very high temperature. I strongly discourage you from a food grade drum. They are actually a huge pain in the butt to get the liner out of. 
     
  7. so , a drum that previously had motor oil in it is ok to use?
     
  8. bmaddox

    bmaddox Master of the Pit

    If you build a good fire in a drum that had oil and keep it burning for hours then all that oil will burn off making it safe to use.
     
  9. Would I just power wash the inside and burn it?.....I am all new at this .....and don't want to grow a third eye....lol

    What do i burn the inside with?
     
  10. bmaddox

    bmaddox Master of the Pit

    You can rinse it out but if there was oil in it rinsing will make a mess. I burned mine out with pallets. Two burning sessions about 4 hours each got all of the outside paint off and most of the interior liner. If you get one that is unlined as mentioned above you will be able to avoid the grinding and sanding of the inside (which is miserable).


     
  11. Thanks for the tips. i just found a place that has drums that had oil in them. I called and will be picking them up this weekend... I'm getting two of them for free.     I will post later what the finish product looks like.

    Thanks again peeps!!!!
     
  12. I do have one more question......after I have burned it......should i just paint the outside with the high heat paint?
     
  13. the drums i found are sealed......how would i get them open?
     
  14. timberjet

    timberjet Master of the Pit

    You will want to drill your intake holes before Burning out. I think two pallets is about right for a real good burn out. As soon as the barrel cools you can sand any remaining paint off and paint. You want to also wash and scrub the inside out and oil it with vegetable oil or cooking spray so it doesn't rust. It will rust pretty quick if you don't get it coated fast. Make sure you are getting open head drums with removable lids.
     
  15. timberjet

    timberjet Master of the Pit

    You will have to cut the tops off and use weber kettle lids or something similar. I would see if you can find them with removable lids if you can.
     
  16. oh well back to square one.....
     
  17. timberjet

    timberjet Master of the Pit

    I have seen where guys have cut the lid off a couple of inches down the side and attached a sleeve on the inside of the drum so the cut off lid could be used. Free is pretty good motivation to think about all the alternatives to junking the lids. Also sometimes you can find Weber 22 inch kettles on craigslist for super cheap or yard sales. It is yard sale season here coming up. Nice thing about that is you get a lot of the parts you need with the kettle.
     
  18. If I air chisel the lid like i have seen videos of, will a new top fit over the the the top ???

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  19. the new lid should be the same diameter as the top of the drum, I would think it would fit perfect???

    I think I may pick up these two drums anyway. Like you said they are free.
     

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