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Unread 07-18-2011, 01:32 PM   #1
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Default If I wanted to build a UDS...

Would these barrels be a good starting point?

http://charlotte.craigslist.org/for/2496978141.html

$12 doesn't sound too bad to me...
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The metal ones may be ok, but they may have the resin coating on the inside. A pain to get out but do-able. Obviously, the plastic barrels won't work
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Looks like they would be just fine. Would still do a burn out.
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Sure would. Same price I get Food Grade drums for here in Idaho.

I use a weed burner and heat the drum from the outside. Get it glowing red. If they have the dreaded red liner, it will grind off real easy after heating.

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Eeeesh i might take some lashings here but those barrels should have a liner in it if they're food grade. From my understanding it's a real pain to remove the liner. I personally would spend the extra money and buy a new one and save myself the headache. Just my .02


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I sent an email to ask if they had liners or resin coatings on the inside.
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If the barrels have a tan liner that will burn out and clean up ok. I would stay away from any barrels with a red liner. It is practically indestructible. I have been looking in my area for some barrels with no liner but have been unsuccessful.
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Personally I would check Charlotte or Salem for companies that have refurbished drums. It might be a little bit of a drive but that is nothing compared to the time you will spend trying to remove a liner.
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But new or recon's is my advice. Removing any lining is a pain and not worth the trouble imo. Steve.
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All 6 of the UDS I have made have had the "dreaded" red liner. Takes about 1-1/2 hours with the weed burner from the outside to get it off. Then pressure wash (high pressure) the inside. I then give the barrely a good, greasy seasoning with a fatty or 2 that I don't eat. Then you've got an amber enamel on the inside. Good to go.
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I sent the guy an email asking about the inside of the drums so I'll wait to see what he says. I don't have a weed burner but I'd probably be willing to buy a cheap one for this project should I decide to undertake it. I haven't completely decided if I want to do this yet but I might just give it a try as a project to see if I can do it. There would only be a very rare occasion where I would need a cooker that size.
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I did a UDS for a co-worker that had a tan liner (it contained high fructose corn syrup). After two good burns, it wasn't too hard to remove the liner with a random orbit sander using 40 grit. It wasn't fun, mind you, but wasn't horrible either, just wear a mask! I think I ran a total of 5 pallets and a few oak logs in it. The liner just laughs at JASCO paint remover, don't waste your time or remover.

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And tan liners are the easy ones to remove!!! Jump on a red one!!!

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I did a UDS for a co-worker that had a tan liner (it contained high fructose corn syrup). After two good burns, it wasn't too hard to remove the liner with a random orbit sander using 40 grit. It wasn't fun, mind you, but wasn't horrible either, just wear a mask! I think I ran a total of 5 pallets and a few oak logs in it. The liner just laughs at JASCO paint remover, don't waste your time or remover.

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Save yourself the Headache and Heartache
and find a refurbished Drum, sans liner, if you can....

I found mine thru the Yellow Pages...

$30 bucks....money well spent......
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