I think part of the smell is the paint baking off the outside as well. I got a dang bonfire going, started to get afraid someone might call the fire dept and then I heard a siren. Luckily it never got close.
I let it burn hot for about 30 minutes, the flames were dancing above the rim. I had just put the lid on when I heard the siren.
I imagine this thing is going to burn all night.
The paint on the outside is about 70% gone.
Lesson learned. If you are living in town, you need to find a new uncoated barrel.
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