Originally Posted by Deeg
When you guys do the burn-out don't you get black soot on the inside of your barrel? Do you clean it off?
Yep - in all of my burn-outs the inside has been filthy afterwards. I have cleaned them out with washing up liquid, sponge and water and on one occasion alcohol, but that was over-kill and the fumes almost knocked me out as I reached down into the barrel. I did consider cleaning it with a pressure-hose, but actually a soap and water is fine.
Once it's all dry, I wipe it down with old vegetable oil with a rag - none of that fancy spraycan oil for me! It's going to get greasy and sooty once you do a few burns, so as long as any nastiness from the drum is burnt or scraped off, it should be good.