Originally Posted by Barbarian
a few more questions.
How long of a life expectancy do regular steel drums have?
How long for a stainless drum?
Do most of you get used drums or new ones?
On used drums, what types of businesses do you got to to find them?
I have had a drum for a year. Used it alot. Got a good coat of paint and keep the pork fat flowing and I believe it will last a long time. I have cleeaned mine twice, mostly because i used to dump it and ash sticks to sides on way out. I now use the Third eye Hoe scoop and it has stayed a lot cleaner. Sides of drum don't get hot enough to burn through. Bottom of fire basket should stand off drum so that is the closest to hottest. My bottom looks fine. Main thing is leftover ash that collects moisture can become acidic and cause rust.
I bought a new clean unlined drum from McMaster Carr. I can pick it up on my way home so no expensive shipping. I have seen used ones on craigslist, hit and miss. Be sure you know what was in a used one.
If you find used Stainless in California let me know. It would probably be on my way home
. I would love to make a stainless one. Big $$$$$.
I would try and start with open top drum if you can find one.