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prcanbbq 01-22-2013 07:22 AM

55 Gallon Methanol Steel Drum
I was looking around for a steel drum to make my own smoker. I was able to buy a 55 gallon steel drum for $14.

Problem is it used to store methanol. It has no odor or apparent trace of methanol but wanted some feedback, would it be safe to cook on it?

chicagokp 01-22-2013 07:25 AM

Absolutely. Just give it a good burn out. It probably doesn't have a liner so you are lucky.

Hawg Father of Seoul 01-22-2013 07:28 AM

Methanol is clean. Wash it out with dawn and water.

NickTheGreat 01-22-2013 07:34 AM

You could use methanol to clean a dirty drum. :mrgreen:

Q-Dat 01-22-2013 07:46 AM

Wash it out with water before you do any kind of cutting on it. You don't want it going BOOM!

daninnewjersey 01-22-2013 07:47 AM

It's can't be worse than one of my babies which contained diesel oil....:mrgreen::mrgreen::mrgreen:

fantomlord 01-22-2013 08:04 AM

+1 on the plenty of water...flush it out several times with large amounts of water. methanol is water soluble, so that will take it out

flyingbassman5 01-22-2013 09:19 AM

Another +1 for the water and dawn dish soap clean out. After that season it. Rub the inside down with cooking cooking oil then start a basket of charcoal. Let it dry cook with the intakes wide open. After that's done, your second cook should be a-ok.

fantomlord 01-22-2013 09:52 AM

If it held methanol, the drum should be clean, so I don't think dawn is necessary. Once you rinse with water to get rid of any flammables so it's safe to cut, you'll do a burn in it before cooking anyway, which will get rid of anything else that's left.

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