Originally Posted by Thawley
This is the sure, safe, commonly accepted advice... Too much work for a $20 drum – IMHO.
The low-effort – Thawley approved – method is to get the paint to just peal off the inside. For that you need a LOT of heat. You'll never get enough from a fire built inside
the drum. The fire just can't get enough oxygen in there for a really REALLY hot burn.
I burned the Ultimate Ugly Drum Smoker™
from the outside in. Just got me a genuine HF weed burner
, a full tank of propane, one of them nonflammable Budweisers and put the hurt on it. Once cooled the paint flaked right off with a stiff wire brush. And I had another beer.
Unless you're after that oh-so-desirable antique patina, it's probably best to paint it before winter.
Agree...too much work. Not a job I would wish on anyone that's for sure. If you have the opportunity to torch then torch.
Bottom line is you're looking for the most efficient way to get to bare metal.
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