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Red57Bird 12-18-2009 01:25 PM

Getting Ready to Start My UDS
Well I spent the last couple of days reviewing the various UDS threads so I decided to pick up a barrel yesterday. It contained silicone grease and I figured that a good burn would take care of any residue. Once I got it home I found out that burning and/or high heat causes the formation of formaldehyde. I was hoping to get this project completed before Christmas, but now I'm not so sure.

I'm leaning towards taking the barrel up to the farm, building a decent size fire in the pit, and putting the barrel in there to sit for an hour or 12. I'm concerned about the potential for formaldehyde residue getting in the food. What are the opinions?

snyiper 12-18-2009 01:32 PM

May want to stop by a carwash and clean it good with rubbing alcohol then follow with some dawn soap. then wash and rinse with high pressue hose at car wash or steam clean then it should be good to burn I would think..

Red57Bird 12-18-2009 01:34 PM

Great ideas snyiper. Thanks.

Drifter 12-18-2009 02:29 PM

Good luck with the build... and don't forget the pics!!

stiffy 12-18-2009 02:51 PM

I work with formaldehyde on the regular, don't inhale the fumes from the fire!!!!!!! not a good idea at all.

Red57Bird 12-18-2009 03:04 PM


Originally Posted by stiffy (Post 1117296)
I work with formaldehyde on the regular, don't inhale the fumes from the fire!!!!!!! not a good idea at all.

Yep - that's why I'm thinking about just putting it in our fire pit and letting it burn a while. I don't plan to go near if while it is still burning. As someone that works with it, do you believe that a good burn or two will remove any traces? Thanks.

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