Originally Posted by Weiser
I may be stupid but...
The most important thing when it comes to getting a barrel,
is the fit of the lid.
It doesn't much matter what has been in it other than paint, it will all burn out after several good trial burns.
How many old guys do we know that have been cooking out of fuel oil tanks for years?
Put the heat to it and stop all the fretting.
I would like to get a clarification of the statement. "It doesn't much matter what has been in it other than paint, it will all burn out after several good trial burns." Am I to understand that drums that previously contained paint (or primer) should be avoided? If so, what are the specific reasons ?
My thought here is that, if you burn the inside of the barrel out thoroughly, wouldn't any remaining paint be removed? I am sure that you would probably want to utilize a wire brush on a drill to the barrel as well, to ensure all paint residue was removed.
I have access to both drums previously containing oil and paint. The paint ones come as open-top, and were to be my preferred choice, until I read the above quote. Before I make my decision on which to get, I would like to know what hazards barrels previously containing paint pose for use as a UDS.